Hi Markus, Please see below an email I sent to …

Comment on Alice Beat Festival no longer wanted? by Amelia.

Hi Markus, Please see below an email I sent to the Director of the NT music school. The reply basically was that they acknowledged your talent but someone was returning from leave, therefore your contract could not continue. Also unfortunately you need other qualifications for the position. I thought your talent and the beautiful respect you had from your students was proof enough. I hope you can continue in some musical capacity here in Central Australia. You were an asset. Amelia Missen

Dear Sir
I am writing to you to express my concern as to a rumour I heard regarding the fact that Markus Kuchenbuch has not had his contract renewed.

I would appreciate it if you could inform me of the exact situation.

The Alice Beat was a huge success this year. I was very impressed with Markus’s command of the 180 + students who sat on the stage at Araluen for at least two hours, their focus on Markus and his instructions at all times. I have never seen anyone command the respect of all the children, bush kids and town kids all singing together in harmony.

I would have thought that having such a talented musician working with the Department would be an asset to the whole of Central Australia.

As I have grandchildren and family attending school in Alice Springs. I am concerned that we continue to let talented people go.

I look forward to your reply.

Amelia Missen
Alice Springs

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