Students in harmony
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.