Rotorua Strikes a Chord with Budding Musicians

Published: Wed 22 Jun 2016 11:06 AM
Rotorua Strikes a Chord with Budding Musicians
Rotorua, New Zealand – 22 June 2016
Australia and New Zealand’s premier youth musician festival Rhapsody Rotorua returns to the city next week.
Global leader in educational travel WorldStrides is proud to bring back this week-long celebration that combines orchestral and band performances by Australia and New Zealand’s top school music groups, with a celebration of Maori culture and Rotorua’s unique attractions and natural beauty.
Now in its 16th year, Rhapsody Rotorua has developed into the major event of its kind in New Zealand. This year will feature over 600 students from more than 15 Australian and New Zealand schools coming together to make music, be adjudicated, and perform two free public concerts for the local community.
“Something truly special happens when students from different countries and backgrounds come together to share their love of music,” says Karene Philips, the leader for Worldstrides Performing Arts programs in Australia. “Adjudication from top musicians in each field also provides the students with valuable feedback to hone their craft.”
Destination Rotorua Trade Manager Patrick Dault says the event is a perfect fit for the region.
“Rhapsody Rotorua brings a large number of students into the region in our quiet season,” says Mr Dault. “It also showcases Rotorua’s superb proposition for the educational sector, such as our Maori Culture, incredible geothermal landscape and world renowned tourism products.
“Rotorua is not just a great place to learn, but a place for these students to come and have fun. They always leave charmed and enthusiastic about their stay which is why Rhapsody is now returning for its 16th year.”
Worldstrides was founded in 1967 by a school teacher and has been creating unforgettable educational travel experiences for almost 50 years. With 45 offices on 6 continents, to date they have taken over 7 million students on educational tours.
Working with the experts at Worldstrides is always a great experience,” says Mr Dault. “Their expertise and knowledge about New Zealand and the region ensures that they continue to deliver fantastic itineraries for their students. This ensures that they return home ambassadors for Rotorua, often returning later for family holidays.”
Rhapsody Rotorua’s two free public concerts feature music of all genres, with concert bands, stage bands, drum-line, choirs, string orchestra, Celtic music and a guitar ensemble. Concert details are as follows:
7:00pm Thursday 30 June | Individual School Ensembles
7:00pm Friday 1 July | Gala performances from Honours, Festival Bands, Orchestras & Choirs plus Roger Fox Quartet with Jazz Singer Erna Ferry
The festival will run from 27 June to 2 July 2016 in Rotorua, New Zealand.

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