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Musical Feast For Children

Media Release
July 28, 2010

Musical Feast For Children

A unique concert for children that aims to introduce them to a wide range of instruments and musical styles is being held next month in central Auckland.

The concert is free for children. It includes performances by a ukulele trio, a choir, guitar duo, wind quartet, viola sextet, piano piece for six hands and an ensemble piece for children to join in with their own percussion instrument.

The concert is a fundraiser for the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre, which works with children with special needs.

“We wanted to put together a family-friendly concert that really captivated children and kept them entertained,” says Claire Molyneux, head of clinical services at the Raukatauri Centre.

“All of the music therapists at the Centre are skilled musicians in their own right and play several instruments, so the concert builds on that.”

Also performing are Centre supporters and volunteers. Included in the line-up of instruments are flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, viola, violin, piano, voice, and guitar. Music styles include pop, classical, contemporary and jazz.

“It’s a one-hour show and we are doing a medley at the end so the audience can bring along an instrument or some sort of percussion to join in. It will be a fun way to engage children with a wide range of abilities.”

The concert runs from 2 to 3pm on Saturday, August 7, followed by afternoon tea and a chance to meet the musicians. The venue is the Baptist Tabernacle, 429 Queen Street, Central Auckland.

TICKETS: Children FREE. Adults $20 available from

About the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre

The Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre (RMTC) in Auckland opened on 18 March 2004 and is New Zealand’s only music therapy centre. The centre provides music therapy for special needs children of school age and younger.

Music therapy is about building bridges of communication through music and actively engaging individuals in potential growth, development and change through the power of music. For many people, music helps reduce a sense of isolation and creates new possibilities for participation in the world and a more creative life.

Funding is always a struggle. To contribute to the cause:
• visit the centre website -
• contact the centre direct on 0-9-360-0889 to find out about instrument purchase donations, fundraising events and more.


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