SOUNDING EXCELLENT: Hannah Johns, Jasmine Jessen and Joy Lee from Nelson College for Girls string trio, The Bachelorettes, who will be performing at Sounds Excellent. Photo: Kate Russell.

Arts fest brings local talent together

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Some of the very best of the region’s musical talent are set to shine at next month’s Nelson Arts Festival.

Sounds Excellent is a variety show that will showcase more than 80 local singers and musicians at the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts on October 15.

Led by Nelson Bays Harmony, the evening will also feature acclaimed singer-songwriters Bryce Wastney and 14-year-old Brooklyn Scott, as well as the NCMA Young Voices Choir.

Also in the line-up are Nelson’s oldest world music choir, Mosaic, and Nelson College for Girls string trio, The Bachelorettes.

Nelson Bays Harmony’s Kathy Jamieson, who has been part of the Nelson music scene for more than 20 years, says audiences can expect everything from a capella harmonies, folk, pop, rock, country, pacific, African, tango and familiar musical theatre numbers.

“We’ve got combination of lots of different things. We wanted a cross-section of bigger choirs and balancing them with soloists such a Bryce and Brooklyn, as well as instruments, which will bring a different element to the show.”

This is the second edition of Sounds Excellent, with the first featured eight years ago at the 2010 arts festival.

Kathy says it’s great to have it back, as it’s the “perfect” way of presenting Nelson’s diverse music scene on one stage.

“We really want it to showcase Nelson. Out of all the out-of-town and international performers at the arts festival – this is Nelson.”

Sounds Excellent is on at the NCMA on Monday, 15 October at 7pm. Tickets from TicketDirect. Visit nelsonartsfestival.co.nz for more information.