The Cape Byron Steiner Ensemble Della Mar, which left this weekend for New Zealand.
The Cape Byron Steiner Ensemble Della Mar, which left this weekend for New Zealand. Contributed

Steiner school sends 25 students on NZ music tour

THE Cape Byron Steiner School doesn't do things by halves.

When it wants the school to be represented musically, it doesn't send just one or two of its talented teens - it sends 25.

The whole ensemble, in fact.

The group - the Ensemble Della Mar - left yesterday (Sunday) this week to begin a tour of the North Island of New Zealand, where they are sure to wow the Kiwis with their exuberant style and excellent musicianship.

World, jazz and contemporary music are on the program, and as well as playing string, woodwind and brass instruments, the ensemble has singers who will be performing original material.

"During the tour they will have many performance opportunities to share their music and gain valuable experience," said music teacher Loani McRae.

"They will also stay on maraes - Maori meeting places - where they will be treated to traditional welcome ceremonies.

"The ensemble is also looking forward to soaking in some hot pools and in the warm sand at Hot Water Beach." Ms McRae said.



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