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Young Champions primed for first performance


The Lake Macquarie Music Society (LMMS) is gearing up to present its first performance for 2021.

Young Champions will take place at the Warners Bay Theatre, located in John Street, on Saturday 24 April from 2pm.

“We’re delighted to stage a concert of fine young musicians,” president Mercia Buck said.

“Each year we find a large pool of talent emerging from the excellent studios and schools of the Hunter, as well as Sydney.

“They are winners from the 2019 Lake Macquarie Eisteddfod, the 2020 MTA Scholarships and 2020 HSC High Achievers.

“They’re our future in the music industry and we treasure them greatly.”

Pianist Peter Hyslop.

Among the performers are:

  • Pianists: Kristen Emseis, Peter Hyslop, Markus Lim, Carlie Ng, Eva Reimann
  • Vocalists: Kirsten Busby, Miles Punch, Layla Rose Schillert, Farin Siddique, Lily Szabo
  • Violinists: Dimitri He, Nicole Nelmes
  • Bassist: Oskar Sutherland

Nicole Nelmes began violin studies at age six with Amanda Gibson and is approaching her final Suzuki examinations.

She also plays flute, guitar and piano; and is also a singer.

Her music has taken her to Japan, The UK and throughout much of Australia.

She’ll play Bartok’s Rumanian Dances.

Markus Lim is in Year 9 at Merewether High School and been learning piano since the age of nine with Helen Smith.

He was a High Achiever in the Lake Macquarie Eisteddfod and he aims to teach piano one day – and, perhaps, get into medical school.

His favourite composer is Chopin – and he’ll play Chopin’s Fantaisie Impromptu.

Oskar Sutherland learns the double bass from Heather Price.

He is a Year 12 student at The Hunter School of Performing Arts and is completing his Diploma in Music Industry through the Newcastle Cathedral College of Music, too.

He’s a member of the Peter Seymour Orchestra as a part of Sydney Youth Orchestra.

Farin Siddique studies singing with Heather Price.

She completed her HSC at Merewether High School in 2020 – and received a successful nomination for the Reprise 2021 Concert, and an encore nomination for her HSC music performance.

Farin is studying Biomedical Science at the University of Newcastle this year and plans to further develop his skills in singing.

Entry is $20, with children admitted free.

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