There are few things that can top genuine warm smiles and enthralled reactions from experiencing a musical event.

The partnership between VOYCE Whakarongo Mai and the Auckland Philharomia Orchestra is providing tamariki atawhai with the opportunities to experience live musical art through a ticket giveaway programme.

Auckland caregiver Tania Adams headed along to a recent show with her niece who “absolutely loved it”.

“Neither of us has attended an APO performance before so we were really looking forward to it. I wasn’t sure how my niece would receive it as we don’t often listen to classical music. We both absolutely loved it – it was such an awesome introduction to classical music.
“It was great seeing the different dancers and singers (who were kids too), the farmer was so funny and the puppets made it even more accessible,’’ she said.

APO Connecting Director Thomas Hamill said he hopes the events inspire young people.

“VOYCE Whakarongo Mai offers us the chance to partner with an organisation that works with some of the most vulnerable young people in Aotearoa New Zealand and facilitate opportunities for a group who can sometimes feel lost and unheard. We understand that VOYCE is about empowerment and having a child centric approach to young people in care.”

Ms Adams added that the show was perfectly set up for kids and was highly interactive.

She also thanked VOYCE Whakarongo Mai for providing this fantastic opportunity.

“If it hadn’t been for the VOYCE Whakarongo Mai competition, we would never have known this event existed. It provided a really positive, fun experience…She loved that it was a gift for her because of her circumstances, which often make her feel different and sad – it was great for it to end up in something positive for her. She laughed the whole time which was awesome for me to see as her caregiver.”