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Musicians show stage presence and poise

By Patrick Nelson

Silva Landers from Silva Dream gives a strong debut performance. Photo: Nadine Branagan Silva Landers from Silva Dream gives a strong debut performance. Photo: Nadine Branagan

Central Australia’s emerging student musicians showed good stage presence and plenty of poise at an end-of-year performance in Alice Springs recently.

Charles Darwin University’s Contemporary Music Lecturer Cain Gilmour said the “Monkey Music” concert featured soloists, duos, small ensembles and bands, playing a wide variety of styles to an audience of about 100 people.

One of the highlights was Rowan Martin’s solo performance on a grand piano.

“It was a full orchestral arrangement that he wrote himself over half a year,” Mr Gilmour said.

“It was a very involved piece, which was pretty intense, and well received by the audience.”

The four-member band Hello Jenny gave a performance that was indicative of its rising talent, while Silva Dream was impressive in its debut performance.

Multi-media students added a visual element to the show with a series of short advertisements that demonstrated their technical and creative talents.

Mr Gilmour said the Vocational Education and Training in School music students were involved in all aspects of the event, from planning and set-up through to production and performance.

“Not only was it an important part of their qualifications, but preparing for an event like this gives them insights into the complexities involved in making a concert happen.

“It gave them an opportunity to manage pressure, organise themselves, develop skills in team work and negotiate with others.”

The event was once again held in Centralian Senior College’s theatrette.

“I’m most grateful for the support they’ve shown VET music over many years.”

Mr Gilmour said $105 was raised for Roxy City Music Shop’s Orang-utan Appeal, a good cause that music students have supported for several years.