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Alexandra Musical Society
Kevin Lynch - Composer (1948 - 2008)
Kevin was born in Dunedin with music always being a big part
of his life. He was musical arranger for original Telethons in
Dunedin and was also a prolific jingle writer and producer.
Kevin is also recognised as an accomplished composer and was
a finalist in two major TVNZ original song writing programmes.
Moving to Arrowtown in 1985 with his family, music continued to
be an integral part of Kevin's life.
When Kevin met up with Arrowtown artist David John, a song writing partnership
was born, but in 2008, following a long battle with cancer sadly Kevin died.
Today the Lynch name is synonymous with music in the Arrowtown area, Kevin
Lynch's musical legacy continued through his children, with 'Rush' the musical he
created with David John, a wonderful gift for them to have.
"Rush is a show he was passionate about: he was great at promoting it and
believing in it," said Kevin's wife Jenny.
"David and Kevin were great friends as well -- they worked really well together. It
was a good partnership they had," Jenny said. "David was great with words. He did
the lyrics and the story and then he would bring it around and Kevin would write the
Jenny said the writing was 'all-consuming' for quite a time.
"The show didn't just happen, but it was Kevin's playing at different venues and all
around the country which helped build is profile."
"Everywhere he went he mentioned it and would always play a couple of the
Members of the Lynch family will be very proud audience members when the
curtain goes up on the Alexandra Musical Society' production of Rush on Saturday
David John - Book
David John had already built a
reputation for himself, painting and
writing short stories.
Born in Liverpool, England, and trained as an artist
at the Liverpool College of Art, David lived in South
Africa, Canada, Ireland, the Canary Islands and Australia
undertaking these tasks, before settling in Arrowtown in
This is where he began to establish his reputation not
only as an artist and writer, but also as a playwright and
actor, writing and directing three plays and a musical for
community theatre and gaining theatre experience with
drama groups and theatre-sport.
David's initial introduction was through writing lyrics for
Kevin Lynch. Add one musical show he watched, throw in
the musical Cabaret he took part in which he described
as 'stunning' add in a casual comment he made ('I wish
I had written Cabaret' ) and another chapter in David
John's life began.
"When I made that statement someone said to me, 'Why
don't you write one?' I had already written 'Ballad of
Millie Hall so this became the basis for what has become
known as 'Rush'.
The musical 'Rush' had very small beginnings initially,
with the one song and a story line gradually evolving
into what was planned to be a Theatre Restaurant.
"I had approached Kevin Lynch and he was happy to
work with me. At that time Dunedin was celebrating
their 125th so we approached Dunedin Operatic Society
and asked if they would be interested in putting this on."
"And it grew from there."
"Because it was to be a show, we had to start stretching
out the story, but eventually it came together and the
show's premiere was held in Dunedin."
"Then a director from Christchurch saw it and recognised
its potential, so we added another three songs and the
show went on in Christchurch, and now it has been on in
every major city in New Zealand except Invercargill."
"A few years ago it was picked up in Edinburgh, then in
other places in the U.K -- it grew like topsy. Now there is
interest from the States."
"So far 43,000 people have seen it, and we now have
agents all over the World who look after it."
David says it is very timely for the show to be put on in
Alexandra with the 150th celebrations and is looking
forward to being in the audience alongside his 8 year old
daughter who hasn't seen the show yet, and members of
the Lynch family.
"It's a great show, although it can be pretty brutal in
parts, but that's the reality of the goldfields. Then there is
the dramatics and the comedy side to lighten things up --
that's something I learnt from Cabaret."
Music from Rush can be heard frequently on National
radio, while the CD of the show is also available for
purchase on i-tunes or through David's
"...a raw, lung-powered, pomp-rock pageant."
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Saturday 22 Sept 8pm
Monday 24 Sept 7pm
Tuesday 25 Sept 8pm
Wednesday 26 Sept 8pm
Thursday 27 Sept 8pm
Friday 28 Sept 8pm
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