Former grant recipients from the foundation set up by New Zealand opera singer Dame Malvina Major are gathering in Taranaki this weekend for a free talent showcase, and Dame Malvina herself will be in the audience.
“There are a number of recipients who have graced or are now gracing the world stage, and it is an absolute pleasure to see what they are doing now and that their roots are in Taranaki,” said Jocelyn Beath, member of the Taranaki committee of the Dame Malvina Major Foundation. said.
“It’s a combination of singers, musicians, dancers and musical theatre.”
The showcase will take place from 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 1 at the TSB Showplace in New Plymouth.
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The Dame Malvina Major Foundation, established by the Kiwi soprano singer in 1991, helps talented young artists realize their potential by providing financial assistance, performance opportunities and professional advice.
Dame Malvina is well known in Taranaki, having been a dairy farmer for many years in Pihama, where she and her late husband, Winston Fleming, raised their three children.
The showcase marks 30 years of the foundation, after plans for it to take place last year were disrupted by Covid.
Special guest is mezzo-soprano opera singer Cecily Shaw, who grew up in Stratford and recently graduated with a Masters of Music from the University of Waikato.
Shaw, who performs nationwide, has been helped by the foundation and is planning a UK audition tour in November and December.
Saturday’s event is free admission, with the option to make donations for Taranaki Hospice.
“This is considered a fundraiser for the Hospice, free for the public to enter and enjoy some of Taranaki’s best talent,” Beath said.
A free ticket can be booked through Ticketek or people can show up on the day.