Call for cho­ris­ters

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA TANI­RAU mata­mata.edi­

It’s that time of the year again when peo­ple are be­ing in­vited and en­cour­aged to join the Mata­mata Christ­mas Choir.

If you find your­self singing your heart out in the shower or en­joy a good sing- along, you may want to con­sider be­com­ing a mem­ber.

Bryan Rawiri has been a mem­ber of the Christ­mas choir for a cou­ple of years and said it’s a priv­i­lege to be able to sing with such a tal­ented bunch of peo­ple.

‘‘I’ve al­ways been into mu­sic so it’s nice to be do­ing some­thing I love and to spread joy dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son,’’ Bryan said.

Jenny Land­man loves to sing and joined the Christ­mas choir in 1989.

‘‘We have so much fun. I get a real buzz out of per­form­ing and you feel like you’re giv­ing some­thing back to the com­mu­nity,’’ she said.

‘‘There are a lot of older mem­bers and we would love to have some young ones come along.’’

Dairy farmer John Van Der Goes has al­ways been in­volved in choirs at var­i­ous lev­els.

‘‘I was five when I started singing in my school choir,’’ he said.

John said be­ing a mem­ber of the Christ­mas choir in­tro­duces you to peo­ple you prob­a­bly nor­mally wouldn’t min­gle with. ‘‘It’s a lot of fun,’’ he said. Mata­mata Christ­mas Choir pres­i­dent Les­ley John­ston said they usu­ally had be­tween 50 and 70 choir mem­bers and would love to see some young peo­ple in the choir.

‘‘We sing mod­ern mu­sic in all dif­fer­ent styles. We are not a church choir, we are a com­mu­nity choir,’’ she said. The choir is so pop­u­lar that peo­ple from as far away as Auck­land at­tend its an­nual per­for­mances.

Re­hearsals start this Mon­day and will be held ev­ery Mon­day from 7.15 til 9.15 at the Pres­by­te­rian Church Com­plex. The Christ­mas Choir Con­certs will be on De­cem­ber 5, 6, 7 and 8 at All Saints Angli­can Church.

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