School choir’s wine glass per­for­mance


Wine glasses will be a com­mon theme for Dioce­san School for Girls’ St Ce­cilia Singers at the Big Sing Na­tional Fi­nale - but no wine is in­volved. The glasses will be part of the elite year 9-13 choir’s per­for­mance at the Au­gust 25-27 fi­nale to be held in the Dunedin Town Hall. The St Ce­cilia Singers have been se­lected as one of the 24 school choirs from more than 200 en­tries to com­pete at the Big Sing Fi­nale. Com­pe­ti­tion is fierce, but the St Ce­cilia Singers have am­bi­tious goals. The choir hopes the com­bi­na­tion of tal­ent and a unique per­for­mance reper­toire will de­liver win­ning re­sults. Choir direc­tor Shona McIn­tyre-Bull is con­fi­dent that the St Ce­cilia Singers’ per­for­mance this year will put them firmly in the run­ning for the top hon­our, the Plat­inum award re­served for the sin­gle high­est per­form­ing choir. ‘‘I don’t be­lieve the judges will have seen tuned wine glasses per­formed by a school choir be­fore,’’ McIn­tyre-Bull says. As well as the Lat­vian num­ber, the St Ce­cilia Singers are per­form­ing a New Zealand work com­mis­sioned es­pe­cially for the choir. The St Ce­cilia Singers are off to a good start, win­ning Best Fes­ti­val Recital Pro­gramme by a Fe­male Choir at the Auck­land re­gional fes­ti­val in June. ‘‘Dio has a long tra­di­tion of cho­ral ex­cel­lence,’’ McInyre-Bull says. St. Ce­cilia Singers have been run­ning for over 30 years.’’ McInyre-Bull has a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence and ac­co­lades be­hind her. She was a found­ing mem­ber of the NZ Na­tional Youth Choir, and sang with the choir from 1979 – 1984. McInyre-Bull has been a mem­ber of the NZ Cham­ber Choir, Voices NZ, since 1999, and has sung with many other top cham­ber choirs in NZ. In the 2013 Big Sing Na­tional Fi­nale the group achieved sil­ver, and in both 2014 and 2015 they were one of the five choirs to win a gold award. McIn­tyre-Bull, who has taught mu­sic and trained choirs at Dioce­san School for Girls for 11 years, has been lead­ing the St Ce­cilia Singers since 2011. ‘‘Singing is my great­est joy. I just hope in my teach­ing my great pas­sion for singing is passed on’’, McIn­tyre-Bulls says. The Big Sing is run by the New Zealand Cho­ral Fed­er­a­tion and is New Zealand’s na­tion­wide top schools’ cho­ral com­pe­ti­tion.

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