Marlborough Mid-Week : August 27th 2014
NEWS Emotional finale The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo came to a close over the weekend. Marlborough dancers Grace Owen, Morgan Vile, Kelsey Smith, Georgia Marshall and Rebecca Healy have been performing during the huge show with theNewZealand highland dance team, and sent us a final report before heading home. This week was our last in Edinburgh. On Tuesday we travelled to Dundee to perform A Taste of the Tattoo in the town square. On Wednesday a group decided to take a tour around Mary King’s Close, an old street [built underground] with houses still intact. During the tour we learnt a lot about the history of Edinburgh and how people lived there centuries ago. Friday night’s performance was our first in the rain. It was torrential right through our item and the finale (when we stand motionless on the esplanade for a good five Big effort: TheNewZealand highland dance team poses for a photo at the end of its three-week stay performing at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland. minutes). Needless to say we were not too happy about this, however our kilts and jackets dried and the weather cleared up for Saturday. Our last tattoo performances were on Saturday night. During that day we had a team afternoon tea as a farewell as some people were leaving after the tattoo that night. We then added our seven reserve positions back into the dance so that everybody could perform in the last shows. The item went really well though we were all a little emotional in our final performance and finale. The team flies out on Monday, MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK, AUGUST 27, 2014 7 Spectacular: A performance during the Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland. Photos: SUPPLIED however a lot of people are travelling with family afterwards and leave before then. This has been such an incredible experience and we are so grateful to everybody who has supported us to get over here. Top tips: Alisha Heath, left, gets a lesson from Duncan Whiting with Kimberly Jones on piano at a special Tempo [Today’s Emerging Musicians Performing Onstage] organised workshop and masterclass for Marlborough youth. Photos: SUPPLIED Special tuition A dozen budding young Marlborough musicians were treated to a special tutoring session with highly-respected Marlborough theatre director Duncan Whiting last week. The workshop and masterclass saw pupils from different backgrounds and abilities learn from Duncan at the Wesley Centre on Thursday and Saturday. The sessions were made possible by funding from the Marlborough District Council to not for profit organisations including Tempo [Today’s Emerging Musicians on Stage]. Tempo treasurer Helene Marchant says they didn’t want to use the money just for Tempo performers, so they opened the masterclass up to any Marlborough youth. ‘‘It was really to help all of Marlborough kids to boost their confidence – not only as musicians – confidence to speak in front of a crowd. We hope it takes off and we are keen to do something similar again,’’ she says. The workshop and masterclass provided an honest and unique guide to the pupils, giving them one-on-one tuition on how to enhance their overall presentation, Marchant says. ‘‘The skills they learned are something they can use in everyday life - whether it’s getting up and speaking in front of the whole class at school, or a job interview later in life.’’ Listen up: Grayson Scadden, left, and Adityu Chowfin get a lesson from Duncan Whiting.
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