Lead­ing the choir in song

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By TERESA HAT­TAN

Be­ing the ap­pren­tice con­duc­tor for this year’s Mata­mata Christ­mas Choir is a great op­por­tu­nity, Natalie van der Goes says.

Van der Goes, who teaches dur­ing the day, has al­ways had a pas­sion for mu­sic. She has been in­volved with the Christ­mas choir for a num­ber of years and said it was neat to be in­volved with peo­ple who have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence with both singing and mu­sic.

Van der Goes said get­ting to know new peo­ple was the best part about be­ing in­volved with the choir. She was also learn­ing a lot from ex­pe­ri­enced con­duc­tor David Qual­trough.

Bring­ing mu­sic to the com­mu­nity was also a great thing to be able to do, es­pe­cially dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son, she said.

Van der Goes be­lieved con­duct­ing looked rel­a­tively easy ‘‘but it’s re­ally not’’.

‘‘It’s all about get­ting two hands go­ing at the same time and do­ing dif­fer­ent things. As you do it you get bet­ter and bet­ter, which is why I think this sort of op­por­tu­nity is great,’’ she said.

In the past, van der Goes has also been in­volved in the band that sup­ports the choir and has been a soloist.

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