Voices unite for performances
‘‘Let’s do it again!’’ was the resounding message from members of three choirs who performed in the United Voices Mass Choir show.
Choirs from Thames and Katikati joined the Te Aroha Community Choir for four different shows, singing songs from African Zulu Folk to Henry VIII, popular hits to musicals, Ma¯ori and Latin just to name a few, all in a 90 minute timeframe.
Te Aroha Community Choir director John Mullon said the choirs had massive support at each show, with total audience numbers reaching well over 700 over the four shows in three towns (Te Aroha, Katikati and Thames).
‘‘We had been preparing since February and all that hard work came together nicely,’’ he said
‘‘The huge variety of music performed was noted many times by those attending.’’
Young, up and coming concert pianist Jono Dunlop from Miranda and a recent Masters Graduate from Auckland Uni- versity accompanied the Massed Choir and Te Aroha Community Choir, where he displayed his outstanding skills performing the Nina Simone hit, I Wish I knew How it would feel to be Free.
His solo brought a rousing response from the audience, John said.
He will be the first guest to perform on the grand piano the choir is currently fundraising for.
The final show in Katikati was over Queen’s Birthday Weekend bringing the United Voices tour to an end.
‘‘This was an amazing experience as it was both challenging and uplifting,’’ John said.
‘‘The choirs all joined together at the end of the show to give a joyous performance of Carly Simons’ Let The River Run, bringing the house down.’’
Community choirs are a growing worldwide phenomenon and John said it is encouraging to have so many choirs in the immediate area.
Collaborations are a wonderful way of getting groups together and the hope is that the choirs will join again.