Showcasing Manning talent

HUNDREDS of young people from Manning schools will be the stars of the show at the Rotary Manning Valley School Spectacular concerts this Saturday.

The two concerts, at 2pm and 7pm, have been coordinated by the three Rotary clubs in Taree to raise money for the Australian Children's Music Foundation (ACMF) Manning Valley Indigenous and Disadvantaged Students Music Program.

From talented high school groups to newcomers, it is an exciting experience for all involved.

"It's coming together well," said concert producer Tanya Brown.

"It has taken a lot of work and a lot of support from great people in our schools.

"They are two high quality concerts with kids giving their all."

As well as group performances, individuals will be featured including Charlotte Reece, Keisha Moy, Jake Davey, Mitchell Brown, Wen Yuan LinSchneider and Shalee Mobbs.

"We have seen them before and we know how good they are."

Across the two concerts, schools participating are St Joseph's Primary Taree, St Clares High School, Taree High School (including Triple J comp finalist rock band Eleven/Eleven in the afternoon concert), Tinonee Public, Taree West Public, Cundletown Primary School, Old Bar Primary School, Manning Valley Anglican College, Chatham Public, Taree Christian College, Wingham High, Manning Gardens, Manning Adventist School and Chatham High.

Some smaller schools have come together to form combined choirs.

Another highlight will be a performance by the Manning Valley Youth Concert Band, conducted by Roger Griffiths CMNC and consisting of talented musicians from Tinonee Public, Taree West Public, St Clare's High School, St Joseph's Primary School and Taree High School.

"They are amazing," said Tanya.

ACMF tutors Matt Zarb and Michael Eyb will also give a special performance.

Entertainment industry heavyweights have given their full support in donating their time to the concert.

Packed to the Rafter actor George Houvardas is the master of ceremonies, while John Waters, conductor George Ellis and ACMF founder Don Spencer OAM will also be making special appearances.

Tickets are available from Movies, Games and More, Taree, phone 6552 5699, or online at www.gtcc.nsw.gov.au/bookonline

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