LA Mitchell's CPIT Jazz School posse joins the CSO

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04 Jul 2013

Singing with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (CSO) for a second time is a dream come true for pop/soul songstress LA Mitchell who will headline a concert this Saturday 6 July at the CBS Arena.

“My secret wish has come true,” the pop/soul songstress said about returning to the CSO after a show stopping performance in 2011’s Kiwi Soul concert.

A CPIT Jazz School graduate and current singing tutor, Mitchell will share the stage with fellow Jazz School tutors, musicians Harry Harrison, Michael Story and Darren Pickering. Head of Creative Industries at CPIT, Tom Rainey, is conductor and other Jazz School tutors have created the orchestral arrangements for what promises to be a fantastic programme of sophisticated originals and covers.

LA Mitchell

“Because she works with so many groups, such as Fly My Pretties and the Dukes, she can bring a very talented collection of musicians together,” Rainey said. “She’s an inspirational performer and incredibly talented songwriter, and has really carved out a niche for herself in the NZ music scene. We are very lucky to have her back here at the Jazz School teaching the next generation of singers.”

LA Mitchell recently opened for Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie and Guy Sebastian and performs with New Zealand music stars Dave Dobbyn and Anika Moa – both of whom will join the line up on Saturday night.

“This is another great project between CPIT and the CSO, where both sides have been challenged and inspired by a new collaboration,” Rainey said. “Music lovers of classical and popular music will not want to miss this.”