United by love of music
The Auckland Youth Choir has been Ronnie Karadjov’s ‘‘joy, love and family’’ for four years now.
She teaches music at Marist College in Mt Albert but spends every spare minute working on the choir.
The 30-member group of young singers aged 17 to 26 share a strong bond. Many have been with the group for five years or more. ‘‘It’s like a social club where everyone is united by their love of music,’’ Mrs Karadjov says.
The group is preparing for a concert this Saturday at St Matthew-in-the-City. It aims to take the audience on an intrepid musical journey – the choristers have learnt songs from around the world and will sing in 10 languages.
‘‘I am amazed at the cultural diversity of Auckland,’’ she says. ‘‘There are all these different people, all preserving their culture. It doesn’t matter that you are uprooted, you an still continue your cultural traditions.
‘‘I would like to reflect on that – that we can all live together ... Each culture has beauty, stories and legends worth sharing.’’
The Auckland Youth Choir is always looking for new members, particularly young men who can read music and sing tenor or bass.
Mrs Karadjov says the choir is good clean fun and an excellent alternative to sitting in front of television or the computer.
Nothing can beat the natural high the young singers get from planning, rehearsing and giving a good performance, she says.
‘‘They’re engaged and it feeds into their intelligence.’’
The choir rehearses on Monday evenings at Diocesan School for Girls in Epsom.
The concert is on June 8, 5.30pm at St Matthew-in-theCity. Tickets from event finder.co.nz or $25 (adults) on the door.
Search for Auckland Youth Choir on Facebook for more information.
On song: Ronnie Karadjov is a music teacher and director of the Auckland Youth Choir.
Go to aucklandcityharbournews. co.nz and click on Latest Edition to see a video of the choir perform.