Ben brothers cre­ate youth choir his­tory

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - TORIKA TOKALAU-CHAN­DRA

‘‘By co­in­ci­dence, we all en­joyed music. How­ever, due to the age dif­fer­ence be­tween me and the twins, we haven't had a lot of op­por­tu­nity to be in the same groups.’’

Three Auck­land brothers cre­ated his­tory after be­ing se­lected to sing in the New Zealand Youth Choir (NZYC).

It is the first time the NZYC has had three sib­lings per­form­ing at once in its nearly 40 year his­tory.

Twins Bene­dict and Benett Tan, 20, and their older brother Ben­jamin, 23, are lov­ing the op­por­tu­nity to sing to­gether.

The last time they sang in the same choir was in 2010 at high school - it was Ben­jamin’s fi­nal year, and the twins’ first year at West­lake Boys High School.

Ben­jamin and Benett are study­ing at the Univer­sity of Auck­land, while Bene­dict lives in Dunedin.

Ben­jamin and Bene­dict sung to­gether in the NZYC last year but it will be the first time singing in the na­tional choir for Benett. Ben­jamin and Benett sing tenor while Bene­dict sings bass.

‘‘We grew up with a lot of sup­port from mum and dad, and they al­ways en­cour­aged us to pur­sue our in­ter­ests,’’ Ben­jamin said.

‘‘By co­in­ci­dence, we all en­joyed music. How­ever, due to the age dif­fer­ence be­tween me and the twins, we haven’t had a lot of op­por­tu­nity to be in the same groups.’’

Other than their love for music, the brothers don’t share many of the same in­ter­ests other than play­ing video games and bad­minton. The Tan’s par­ents liked see­ing the three brothers be­ing in the same choir.

‘‘Our par­ents see the choir as a real trea­sure in New Zealand, and a re­ally awe­some op­por­tu­nity for rep­re­sent the coun­try and tak­ing high qual­ity music mak­ing all over.

The trio are pre­par­ing with the choir for its first show in Welling­ton on AN­ZAC week­end.

NZYC has been the spring­board for some im­pres­sive singing ca­reers for Jonathan Le­malu, Anna Leese and the Sol3Mio en­sem­ble.

Formed in 1979, the choir has per­formed all over the world and won many prizes, in­clud­ing the Choir of the World ti­tle in 1999 at the Llan­gollen In­ter­na­tional Mu­si­cal Eisteddfod in Wales.

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Bene­dict Tan, left, and brother Ben­jamin were a part of the New Zealand Youth Choir last year.

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