Schools on song for Big Sing
Top of the South schools sang to their hearts content at the regional Big Sing festival in Blenheim.
Marlborough Girls College’s senior choir Ovation and Nayland College’s boys choir Augmented were both highly commended for their performances over the weekend.
Ovation won first place in the ‘art music’ category, Augmented won first place in the ‘NZ song’ category and and they both came first in the ‘other styles’ category.
Marlborough Girls’ junior choir Crescentia also placed second in the ‘NZ song’ category.
Both the Motueka High School Suono Bellissimo choir and Motueka Singers choir were commended, as well as Nayland’s mixed choir Naycol Chorale and Marlborough Boys College’s No Girls Aloud choir.
The Big Sing National Festival is a national group-singing competition for secondary school students. More than 10,000 young people from over 250 schools nationwide are taking part in regional festivals this year.
Nayland College principal Daniel Wilson said it had been the school’s third year of taking part in the competition and they had been ‘‘the standout school of the event’’.
‘‘It was exceptional, the changes I’ve seen over the last three years with the choirs when they first performed have been exponential.
‘‘The students were extremely focused ... the performance was just outstanding.’’
Nayland College head of music Nigel Weeks said the choirs had worked ‘‘exceptionally hard’’ towards the event.
‘‘It is a credit to the amazing students and staff we have at the school that they were able to perform at such an outstanding level.
‘‘The choirs now face a wait to hear if they will be selected for the National Finale.’’
Nayland College’s choir performs at the Big Sing in Blenheim.