High note . . . A variety concert will take place in Alexandra on August 11, featuring a performance by members of the Dunstan High School choir. PHOTO: DUNSTAN HIGH SCHOOL


Musical talents will be on show in Alexandra this month, thanks to the return of a popular fundraising variety concert.

The event, being organised by the Lodge Manuherikia Kilwinning No109 branch, will return to the Alexandra Memorial Theatre on August 11.

It will feature performances by the Alexandra Pipe Band, Dunstan High School choir and jazz group and Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan, who will sing.

Jazz pianist Mark Wilson, the Clyde Theatre Group and Alexandra Clyde RSA Gentlemen Singers, conducted by Colin McKay, will also perform.

“There’s some wonderful harmony from the Dunstan High School choir.

“They are just amazing,” Mr McKay said.

Mr Wilson, similarly to his performance last time, will ask for a song request to perform.

“I can recall one that was suggested about 10 years ago, which was the Invercargill March,” Mr McKay said, of Mr Wilson’s ability to perform anything out of the box.

Mr McKay, who is also the event organiser, said money raised would go to St John.

A similar event, hosted by the lodge three years ago, raised $7600. That money was added to funds raised by all 13 lodges within the sector to make up the $54,000 that was given to the Otago Rescue Helicopter.

The same concept would take place this time round, he said.

“They are all raising money for the same thing in their own community.”

The variety concert will take place from 2pm to 4.30pm and ticket sales will be available at the door.

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