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Our first coverage appeared in the Concert Schedule Pages - now expanded to cover the following media writeup from thequestcd.com

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The concert will take place on Saturday 16 March in the development known as Lakeside Estates, the property of composer and performer Kevin Carlin. The Quest is an epic musical journey inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien performed by The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Christchurch Symphony. Composed and produced by Christchurch resident, Carlin.

Lakeside Estates sits directly beneath the Remarkables and is positioned between the foot of the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu. From the concert site the audience will see both the Lake and the Remarkables towering above. The site slopes gradually from the Remarkables towards the Lake providing a natural ampitheatre.

The concert will star Hayley Westenra, Carlin and Suzanne Prentice with the Christchurch Symphony. Master of ceremonies for the concert will be actor and comedian, Mark Hadlow. Hayley Westenra, the 14-year-old New Zealand singing sensation, will sing personal favourites from her two albums and will perform some music with Carlin as well.

Plunket and children with the rare genetic disorder Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) will benefit from the open-air concert. All proceeds after costs will go to the two charities.

“The concert will be an entertaining event for families and people of all ages. The scenic views, will provide visual impact and the wonderful line-up of singers and musicians performing old favourites plus new and original compositions will ensure all musical tastes are met.”


The Quest to Queenstown
charity concert went off with a BANG! Literally.

“Soul Stirring”
& “Emotional”

… Were words the public used to describe both the music and setting of the Quest Charity Concert, not to mention the experience enhancing pyrotechnics.

Nation treasure Haley Westenra was charming, Carlin and the Christchurch Symphony moved the crowd to tears with their music performed to images of September 11 and Suzanne Prentice was right at home with the locals that love her.

Thousands enjoyed the food, wine and the beautiful surroundings of Lakeside Estates, home to some of New Zealand's rich and famous. Homeowners like Jeff Wilson were happy to cooperate, with the funds going to two such worthy causes. EB Sufferer Humphrey Hanley thanked composer/performer/executive producer Kevin Carlin for his generosity and said that the donations raised would "help Kiwi children with EB get on with living life."

The president of the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society, Pam Murray, explained that the money would go to "ensuring that all New Zealand children were among the healthiest in the world."

Every review and article has been complimentary, enthusiastic and positive and reports have stated it was an event for all tastes and ages. TV3 News covered the event and praised the professionalism and quality of the production.

Organisers said that coordinating the 200 people it took to stage the concert, had been very hard work but seeing the public enjoy the music had made it all worthwhile.

Watch this space for more information on the next Quest concert, it could be closer than you think. If you missed the Quest, do not miss Carlin's Multi Media extravaganza in concert with Art Garfunkel - Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch in June.

All Media Inquiries
Leah Reeves, South Island Music - 03 359 0505 or 025 2011 020

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