Young star in 'remarkable' group
While other young girls are stringing together loom bands, emerging musician Mercy Jones is threading through a Beethoven piece on a grand piano.
At age 5 she began playing piano and performed her first concerto with the Utah Valley Symphony in the US.
Tomorrow, the Frankley School pupil will be gracing the Taranaki stage with her talents.
The nine-year-old will be the youngest new star performing in an emerging musicians concert at the TSB Theatre Royal along- side five other talented young soloists.
The concert will feature a collaboration of the Taranaki Youth Orchestra and the New Plymouth Orchestra and Mercy will play Rondo from Beethoven's First Piano Concerto.
Keeping up with the Joneses means her older brother, Danny, 14, is also included in the lineup of six young soloists to feature in the afternoon performance.
Armed with a cello, fellow Boys' High student Jacob Bond will also be joining the ensemble.
He can sometimes be spotted playing Celtic music on the streets of New Plymouth.
Taranaki Youth Orchestra musical director Jocelyn Beath is excited to bring such young talent to the limelight.
"These young musicians are remarkable and if the rehearsals are anything to go by, the audience will be treated to the most amazing performances," she said.
The other soloists in tomorrow's 3pm concert are Dominic Jacquemard, James Park, Mikaela Christian and Andrew Hockey. They will be joined by 20 members of the youth orchestra and 35 of the New Plymouth Orchestra.
Tickets are available from Pianoworks or at the door.
Laura Maxwell is a Witt journalism student.
Taranaki Daily News