Central Leader : March 30th 2011
12 CENTRAL LEADER, MARCH 30, 2011 NEWS A chance to sing for Christchurch Taking the stage: Jim Aimer, left, and Reilly Hodson are looking forward to their chance to sing with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at a Christchurch fundraising concert. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By AMY McGILLIVRAY ' It's good to be able to support Christchurch. We feel very lucky to beapartofitand do something to help. ' Jim Aimer Two young singers are looking forward to their chance to rub shoulders with British opera sen- sation Paul Potts. Remuera residents Jim Aimer, 13, and Reilly Hodson, 12, are performing a duet with the New Zealand Sym- phony Orchestra at the To Christchurch with Love fundraiser on Saturday -- the same con- cert Mr Potts will be singing at. I'm really looking for- ward to it. It's building up excitement -- there's some big names,'' Jim says. And of course the boys, who are singing the Symphonic Suite from Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, are hoping to meet the British per- former. While the concert is a great opportunity for the young singers they are mindful of the cause. It's good to be able to support Christchurch. We feel very lucky to be a part of it and do some- thing to help,'' Jim says. The earthquake hit close to home for Reilly who has about 30 family members in Christ- church so he's glad to be playing a part in the fundraising effort. The Auckland Gram- mar School year 9 students say the whole thing has been a bit of a whirlwind. They had to prepare for their aud- itions on short notice. Reilly got the song when he got home from school and sang it at the audition that evening while Jim managed with even less time to spare. I learnt the song on the way to the audition,'' Jim says. The best mates are both seasoned perform- ers but the nerves are still there. Reilly is in his third year as head chorister for the Auckland Boys' Choir and Jim has been a part of the kids' crew at Christmas in the Park. They're also busy studying for exams and preparing for the school production of Oliver -- Reilly plays Oliver and Jim is the Artful Dodger. But performing is what they love to do in their spare time, Reilly says. We get home and sing.'' Tickets to Saturday's concert are on sale at Ticketmaster. All money raised will go to the New Zealand Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal. WIN A SHARE OF 72 000OF WORLD TR AVEL Spend $50 in one day at Westfield and you could discover the globe. 4 world trips of your choice plus 12 Mystery BreaksTM . Te e Te e Ter rm r rm ms san an nd d d dC Co Co Cond nd ndiit it itiio ions ns apply. See Customer Service or westfield.co.nz/stlukes for detailils. WES/CL/1017 r 2 Ends 6pm Sunday 3 April 2011. w we we west st stfi fi fi fiel eld d d.co.nz/stlukes Go to www.central leader.co.nz to hear a video of Jim singing.
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