Musicians’ talents on display at two concerts

Camperdown Lakes and Craters band’s Kaitlin Mair, a former Colac High School student, and Monique Vagg of Camperdown College will perform at a concert featuring bright young musicians.

TWO upcoming concerts will be a chance for Colac and district’s young musicians to showcase their talents.

Camperdown Lakes and Craters Band will have its annual awards presentation and concert on Friday, while Colac Music Teachers Association has organised a community musical evening the following Friday.

The CMTA event will feature musicians from both Colac secondary schools, as well as performances from Camperdown and Geelong students and the Lakes and Craters Band.

Former Colac High School student Kaitlin Mair of Simpson will play at both events and said she was excited to hear her fellow Colac district performers.

Ms Mair is studying a primary teaching degree at Deakin University and plays clarinet, bass clarinet, piano, flute, guitar and alto saxophone.

“It’s my second performance with the Camperdown Lakes and Craters Band,” she said.

“It’ll be an exciting one – I’m doing a solo in it and I’m playing along with a quintet with some other band members as well.

“The solo piece I’m playing is called Adagio by Mozart and in the quintet it’s The Entertainer. It’s starting to sound really good.”

Ms Mair will play a different clarinet solo, Autumn Song, at the September 16 concert.

“It’s to showcase music within the Colac region and hopefully get kids interested in music,” she said.

“It’ll be interesting to see what level everybody else is at and what pieces they play.”

CMTA president Kelly Kerr, a Trinity College music teacher, said 10 to 15 young artists – mostly teens – would perform, with instruments including piano, voice, guitar and trumpets.

“It’s just a fantastic opportunity for kids to work towards something, prepare their pieces and put on a show for their family and the community,” Ms Kerr said.

“The music teachers from each school have nominated a couple of students to put into the concert – some are VCE students preparing their pieces, through to kids who are just learning an instrument,” she said.

This Friday’s performance is at Camperdown’s Killara Centre and next Friday’s concert is at Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre.

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