St Cuth­bert’s Col­lege singers sweep up awards

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - MARY FITZGER­ALD

St Cuth­bert’s Col­lege’s trib­ute song to New Zealand sol­diers in Gal­lipoli has res­onated a win­ner.

The mov­ing melody de­liv­ered the Ju­nior Black Watch Singers a gold award and best per­for­mance at the 2016 New Zealand Cho­ral Foun­da­tion’s Auck­land Kids Sing Choir Fes­ti­val.

The group of year 4 and 5 stu­dents, per­formed In Gal­lipoli from An­drew Bald­win’s work, April Shad­ows, com­mis­sioned by St Cuth­bert’s Col­lege as part of the school cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions in 2015. The group was ac­com­pa­nied by a pi­anist and string quar­tet of se­nior stu­dents.

Ap­prox­i­mately 2500 school chil­dren take part each year across Auck­land, Hamil­ton, Hast­ings, New Ply­mouth, Palmer­ston North and Welling­ton.

The St Cuth­bert’s choir, which has been in­volved since 2009, were one of 10 com­pet­ing in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion, with the Auck­land meet was held at the Town Hall on Au­gust 1 and 2.

‘‘The venue also pro­vides all at­tend­ing choirs the op­por­tu­nity to sing on stage and ex­pe­ri­ence the acous­tic ben­e­fits of the Town Hall venue,’’ Ju­nior Black Watch Singers choir di­rec­tor Amelia Giles says. ’’The re­sults an­nounced af­ter the com­pe­ti­tion were fan­tas­tic.’’

Ju­nior Black Watch Singers at­tained the stan­dard re­quired for a gold award and also were the winners of the Law­son Award for Best Per­for­mance of a New Zealand Com­po­si­tion.

New Zealand Cho­ral Fed­er­a­tion is a non-profit, in­cor­po­rated or­gan­i­sa­tion whose cen­tral pur­pose is to pro­mote the per­for­mance, cre­ation and en­joy­ment of cho­ral mu­sic.

MARY FITZGER­ALD / FAIR­FAX NZ

St Cuth­bert’s Col­lege’s Ju­nior Black Watch Singers per­form­ing dur­ing the Kids Sing Choir Fes­ti­val.

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