Burnie High School

Jazz singer drawn to North-West's artistic community


COMING BACK: Melbourne jazz singer Hetty Kate is eager to perform with James Morrison in Burnie soon.

Melbourne jazz singer Hetty Kate has a connection with the North-West Coast, like no other region.

"I know there is a great artistic community in Tasmania so I understand why I feel welcomed here," Hetty Kate said.

"I love Tasmania, I will take any excuse to come.

"It's very green and lush, I find it to be a very peaceful and a very artistic place to be," Hetty Kate said.

Hetty Kate will perform with jazz artist James Morrison at Burnie High School on May 16.

"James is an extraordinary musician and I am excited for the school to enjoy his music," Hetty Kate said.

"We will be playing a wonderful selection of jazz from the Great American Songbook and there will be a mix of styles."

Hetty Kate was influenced by the swing singers from the 1940's but said there would be some beautiful ballads as well.

"Often we see how we are feeling and take it from there on the night - it's always very spontaneous," Hetty Kate said.

She said she was looking forward to sharing music with the students at the workshop held before the concert and hoped to inspire some budding musicians.

Burnie High School principal Judy Fahey said it would be great to host "one of the country's long-term, great virtuoso musicians".

The Burnie High School Concert Band was particulary excited to be playing with someone of Morrison's calibre, Ms Fahey said.

"The performing arts is a great way for children to express themselves and develop their creativity," Ms Fahey said.

Ninety-eight students from across the Coast will participate in the workshop before the concert.

"It's realising their aspirations and the story of these performers is you can be what you want to be - follow your dreams," Ms Fahey said.

  • James Morrison and Hetty Kate will perform on May 16 at 7.30 pm at Burnie High School.  To book tickets call the school on 6431 2744.

Story by Aryelle Sargent, The Advocate