Schools on song for Big Sing

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - FRONT PAGE - SARA MEIJ

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.

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