United by love of mu­sic

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By CATHER­INE HEALY

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.

Photo: CATHER­INE HEALY

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.

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