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Dame Malvina Major Foundation performance

A contingent of talented young musicians transformed a wintry Sunday afternoon at Charles Upham Retirement Village into a magical experience with a dazzling showcase of musical talent.

The Exceptional Artists' Showcase was put together by the Dame Malvina Major Foundation and featured the talents of Justin Hodges, 14; Jayden Walker, 15; Cheena Rae, 16; and Lixin Zhang, 16.

Jayden played the violin; Jayden, a soprano, sung three pieces; Cheena performed on the saxophone and Lixin played the piano.

Juliet Reynolds-Midgely concluded the afternoon with two popular pieces from the musical Mama Mia.

They were accompanied by Anya Maksymova on piano.

All the performances received generous applause and Charles Upham Assistant Manager Amy Amtman thanked the young artists for sharing their incredible talents with residents and their families.

The foundation was set up in 1991 by Dame Malvina Major to support young New Zealand artists. Ryman Healthcare has supported it for 15 years.

Dame Malvina wanted to recognise the support she was given as a young singer by providing the same opportunities for the next generation.

Dame Malvina's Share the Dream Programme has enabled dozens of talented young Kiwi performers to build their careers in the arts and many have gone on to international careers.

The Foundation offers grants, prizes and scholarships. Ryman Healthcare is the foundation's partner for the Mina Foley Scholarship, which allows talented young kiwi artists who are working internationally to travel back home to perform.

The performances in Ryman villages allow the young artists to practice their stagecraft and get used to performing in front of large audiences.

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