From Where We Sit: This Could Be You

Across NZ Chamber Music New Zealand is encouraging amateur music groups to get on their main stages and perform this May in ‘Open Stage’  – a sort of ‘open mic’ event.

Registrations to take part close this Friday 10 April. A Wellington family ensemble contributed to today’s blog on why their whole family has already signed up…


 

From L to R: Richard (dad) plays bass, piano and guitar. | Laura (13) started piano at 7 and is now learning guitar. Laura sings beautifully and enjoys performing on stage.Sophia (10) started piano at 7 and has recently started flute lessons. Sophia is also a fabulous ukulele player and singer. | Susie (mom) plays flute, a little piano, is learning guitar, sings and conducts choirs.

From L to R: Richard (dad) plays bass, piano and guitar. | Laura (13) started piano at 7 and is now learning guitar. Laura sings beautifully and enjoys performing on stage. | Sophia (10) started piano at 7 and has recently started flute lessons. Sophia is also a fabulous ukulele player and singer. | Susie (mom) plays flute, a little piano,
is learning guitar, sings and conducts choirs.

What music making do you normally do as a family?
“We sing around the piano (Dad playing). Sometimes Susie and Sophia play flute duets.”

What excites you about the idea of taking part in CMNZ’s Open Stage?
“We’ve never had the opportunity to perform on stage as a family, so this is exciting! We will find it a challenge to find music that will work for our different instruments and abilities, but we feel up to the challenge. Hopefully it will bring us together as a family and give us a focal point for our rehearsals!”

Have you come up with a name for your ensemble?
“Laura loves The Sound of Music and said we could be the ‘von Hardies’ … we’re still working on an official name!”

Any idea on what you might perform?
“We’re looking for an early classical/baroque piece for 2 flutes and piano (4 hands on piano) and perhaps a funky jazz piece with Richard on bass, Sophia on ukulele, Laura on piano and mum on flute! They will be short, fun pieces in a variety of styles.”

What would you say to other amateur musicians out there thinking about giving it a go?
“This is your chance – take it! Music is our birth right; don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.”

If the Hardie ensemble were a world famous ensemble would you have any outrageous performance demands?
“Pizza and mud cake in the dressing room before we go on stage! (This is the girls’ idea)”


Open Stage your momentSo as the Hardie’s say, “this is your chance – take it!” We can’t promise that you’ll get pizza and mud cake but can promise you fun making music with family or friends.

All the details are at www.chambermusic.co.nz/openstage

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