1933 tro­phy tuned up

Hamilton News - - FRONT PAGE - Louela Rosal Pe­garido

A tro­phy found in an old cup­board brought so much mys­tery it sparked the idea of a cho­ral cel­e­bra­tion.

The old cup, sym­bol­is­ing vic­tory, and in­scribed “For Choirs” was last pre­sented in 1933.

It was found in an old tro­phy cup­board at the Waikato A&P Show of­fice.

Now, the inau­gu­ral Choir Show­case event is be­ing pre­sented at this year’s show later this month.

It will be a mu­si­cal day out, pre­sent­ing a range of singing tal­ents from the Waikato and Bay of Plenty re­gions.

“We plan to present the cup as a spirit of the fes­ti­val award,” event con­vener Tony Dixon said.

He said the choir fes­ti­val will now be a reg­u­lar fea­ture of fu­ture shows but will be a co-op­er­a­tive event rather than a com­pet­i­tive event.

“Choirs have a free choice of the songs they sing . . . tra­di­tional to mod­ern, clas­si­cal to jazz, folk to pop,” he said.

Com­mu­nity choirs Te Roopu O Kihi (IDEA), Mo­saic Waikato Mod­ern Choir and the Waikato River­tones will show­case wellloved reper­toires.

Not to be out­done are the Te Aroha Com­mu­nity Choir, Male Voices Waikato, the Mighty River Har­mony and the Ohine­muri Singers.

Two of the groups, the River­tones and the Mighty River Har­mony, have found suc­cess na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

The other groups are main­stays in other lo­cal venues and churches.

It is hoped the choir fes­ti­val will be­come a venue where tal­ent gets to be recog­nised and ex­cel­lent com­mu­nity singing be­comes a tra­di­tion.

Mr Dixon said he also hoped that it will en­cour­age more peo­ple to join cho­ral groups.

“New­com­ers are usu­ally hes­i­tant about join­ing but once the ini­tial nerves are set­tled and they know that they don’t have to be bril­liant in­di­vid­ual singers then they re­ally en­joy it,” he said.

The Cho­ral Fes­ti­val will be on Oc­to­ber 28, from 1.30pm to 4pm at the Claude­lands Arena, is set to be a reg­u­lar fea­ture of fu­ture A&P shows.

The $15 ticket price in­cludes ad­mis­sion to the A&P Show.

The show is Oc­to­ber 26 to 28.

Photo / Sup­plied

Krista Bar­r­a­clough, of the show ad­min­is­tra­tion team, with the 1923 tro­phy.

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