Music Students Pop Up in Albert Park

26 May 2014

Laurence Larson playing during POP at the Albert Park Rotunda
Laurence Larson playing during POP

POP is a series of unique projects creating happenings, ideas, performances, connections and experiences in local neighbourhoods this month.  Part of this project has been named The Music Box with students from the School of Music Popular Music Programme performing in the Albert Park Rotunda.

The Music Box idea has snowballed since it was first discussed last year.  Loren van Gent, Public Programmes Manager and Godfrey de Grut, Lecturer at the School of Music, were approached by Auckland Council last year to determine a possible collaboration for students to perform and showcase their talent.  Selected by their lecturers, the second and third year students have been given the opportunity to step outside of the University and get real world performance experience.  

Park patrons have been treated to the music of the University’s most talented young musicians such as third year conjoint Music and Chinese student Laurence Larson who entertained an appreciative lunchtime crowd recently with his original compositions. A New Zealand European, Laurence performs in Mandarin, crossing cultural boundaries by putting both his areas of study to good use. His musical talents have amassed over 3 million views on his YouKu channel (YouTube for China) proving to be quite a popular combination.

"The event gives our students a pathway for performance. POP has provided them with a performance opportunity and a chance to engage with an audience” Loren van Gent explained. This also leads them perfectly into the Song Writer of the Year Competition held later this year. "It keeps the momentum going."

Visit Albert Park during lunchtime and check out some of the other amazing student performers.

The Music Box
Wednesdays and Thursdays in May 12.30pm-1.30pm
Albert Park Rotunda