Stu­dents in har­mony

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Col­leges in the Porirua basin made their mark dur­ing the re­cent Big Sing sec­ondary school cho­ral fes­ti­val.

More than 1800 stu­dents in 37 choirs from 23 schools took part in the event, held at the Welling­ton Town Hall on June 8 and 9.

All choirs were ex­pected to per­form three songs – one of a New Zealand or Pasi­fika com­po­si­tion, one Euro­pean/ West­ern pre-1930 and one of their choice.

Porirua Col­lege Choir took home a cer­tifi­cate for the best per­for­mance award in the New Zealand or Pasi­fika cat­e­gory, with a Samoan piece, while Tawa Col­lege’s Twi­light Tones earned the VUW Cup in the same cat­e­gory.

Twi­light Tones also im­pressed else­where, col­lect­ing cer­tifi­cates in the Euro­pean/ West­ern pre-1930 sec­tion and for their cho­sen piece.

Fu­atino Malo-Si­olo was also com­mended for be­ing a stu­dent di­rec­tor.

The Fes­ti­val Cup for the school best rep­re­sent­ing the spirit of the Big Sing went to Sa­muel Marsden Col­le­giate and Sa­muel Marsden Whitby.

Porirua Col­lege’s head girl Rosie Lameko con­ducted its choir; Seanoa Faraimo was the open­ing soloist; and the choir was ac­com­pa­nied by Wayne La’ai. The school’s head of mu­sic Me­gan Reid says their gospel piece went down very well with the au­di­ence.

‘‘These guys did a very, very good job [but] they were still sur­prised to get the awards they did. We have a good mix of se­nior and ju­nior stu­dents who are nat­u­rally gifted at har­mony.’’

Porirua Col­lege were the only decile one school at the event. Ms Reid says they have six se­nior mu­sic classes – that’s 120 stu­dents from a roll of 600.

‘‘There’s a lot of con­fi­dence in the school when it comes to mu­sic, and the ju­niors com­ing through are re­ally push­ing the se­nior stu­dents.’’

Classy choir: Porirua Col­lege in full voice at the Welling­ton Town Hall dur­ing the Big Sing.

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