Choirs from the re­gion to com­pete at Kids Sing com­pe­ti­tion

Manawatu Guardian - - CHRISTMAS FUNCTIONS -

School choirs from Manawatu¯ and Whanganui re­gions are con­verg­ing on the Te Tihi Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tres at Palmerston North In­ter­me­di­ate Nor­mal School on Tues­day Au­gust 14.

This is the third year The Kids Sing has been or­gan­ised by the New Zealand Choral Fed­er­a­tion for singers of pri­mary and in­ter­me­di­ate ages within the Manawatu¯ /Whanganui re­gions.

Choirs can be awarded gold, sil­ver and bronze awards as well as recog­ni­tion for the best per­for­mance of a New Zealand work, choir soloist, choir in­stru­men­tal­ist, best stage pre­sen­ta­tion and the ad­ju­di­ca­tor’s spe­cial award. As well as their own pre­sen­ta­tions, the 260 singers will also en­joy fun songs to­gether.

This year’s ad­ju­di­ca­tor is Shona Mur­ray, who has had a life­long as­so­ci­a­tion teach­ing mu­sic to young peo­ple of all ages es­pe­cially as the in­spi­ra­tional HoD of Mu­sic at Tawa Col­lege over many years.

This leg­endary mu­sic depart­ment has in­spired gen­er­a­tions of lead­ing mu­si­cians of na­tional and in­ter­na­tional stand­ing in all mu­si­cal styles.

Her di­rect­ing of the Tawa Com­mu­nity Mu­sic Fes­ti­val has seen it be­come a cen­tral fea­ture in the Welling­ton area.

Shona brings a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence, from her early ca­reer as a pri­mary school teacher, her pas­sion for choral singing and con­stant en­cour­age­ment of any­one and every­one who wanted to give mu­sic a go.

In 2013 Shona was award the QSM for her ser­vices to mu­sic and ed­u­ca­tion.

Schools tak­ing part are Bulls School, St Ge­orge’s and Whanganui In­ter­me­di­ate schools from Whanganui, Lin­ton Camp School, Palmerston North In­ter­me­di­ate Nor­mal School and the Rus­sell Street School.

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