Rainbow Rosalind - 2017 SOUNZ Community Commission composer

Congratulations to this year’s SOUNZ Community Commission winner Rainbow Rosalind aka Rosalind Manowitz, who will compose a programme of orchestral music for children. She will be working together with the Dunedin Youth Orchestra to create a fun-filled interactive and educational concert specifically for children, to be performed in concert next year.

Rosalind said, “I feel absolutely honoured to be selected for the SOUNZ Community Commission. I have been dreaming of this project for a while and now with the support of SOUNZ I can finally turn it into a reality. I am very passionate about introducing children to the world of classical music in a way that is interactive, fun and accessible to everyone. Being selected for the SOUNZ Community Commission truly means the world to me, and I am excited to see the lifelong musical journey this could take the children of Aotearoa on.”

Rainbow Rosalind is an award-winning children’s singer/songwriter and entertainer based in Dunedin. Her recent successes include the APRA Best Children’s Music Video Award 2016 for her original music video Aotearoa, Home of our Hearts, and the release of her debut album of original children’s songs, Kia Ora.

Rainbow Rosalind has played the viola and flute with the NZSO National Youth Orchestra, Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Strings of Melbourne, Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra, Dunedin Youth Orchestra and The Tui Quartet.

She found her passion for writing children’s songs while studying musical theatre overseas and since returning to New Zealand, Rainbow Rosalind has become a part of Kiwi Kids Music and performs regularly throughout Dunedin and New Zealand to young audiences.

“We are very excited about Rainbow Rosalind’s project selected for the 2017 Community Commission. It will be an invaluable opportunity for children to hear orchestral music, specifically made for them, in concert. The SOUNZ Community Commission reflects our core values of collaborating and working with different communities and we are delighted to support Rosalind’s project through it. Once again, our gratitude goes out to the donor for making this project happen,” said SOUNZ Executive Director Diana Marsh.

The SOUNZ Community Commission brings together NZ professional composers and community groups to create and perform a new work. It was established in 1999 and has resulted in works for diverse groups such as community group for young people with learning disabilities, recorder choir, experimental sound artists and children’s theatre.

Rainbow Rosalind