Young singers on musical ladder

National recognition for young pair

SAHIBAN KANWAL
Last updated 05:00 03/04/2014
Renee Kerr, left, and Neve O’Connor
MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE
TALENTED: Two Bluestone school students, Renee Kerr, left, and Neve O’Connor, got a distinction for their song at a New Zealand Music Month competition.

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Two Bluestone School students are the only ones their age to be recognised in a national music competition.

Neve O'Connor, 12, and Renee Kerr, 11, received a distinction award for their song New Generation, which they wrote and played for the New Zealand Music Month Hook Line and Singalong competition.

The girls' music teacher, Jannette Aldridge, is proud of their achievements. "They will go into high school as able singers and songwriters. Being on a public stage and the only primary school students is great for them."

Life is not always easy is the message behind the song.

It has a resounding element of "friends always being there" and being grateful for what you have - "Look around at what you have, smile because it makes you glad," Aldridge said.

Both the girls were ecstatic when they received the news of having won the distinction.

"I was in Hanmer Springs at the time and it felt really awesome," said O'Connor.

The sentiment was mirrored by Kerr. "It is brilliant to be the only young students winning the award," she said.

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- The Timaru Herald

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