Choir pays tribute to Welsh victims
Nelson Civic Choir’s youth choir are set to sing in Nelson for the children of Aberfan in Wales who lost their lives in mining disaster 50 years ago.
Together with the Nelson Civic Choir, they are performing Sir Karl Jenkins’ Cantata Memoria: For the children of Aberfan for the first time in New Zealand.
The concert was first performed in Cardiff, UK, in October last year to commemorate 50 years since a spoil heap from a mine collapsed and engulfed the village school in Aberfan, killing 116 children and 28 adults.
Choir member Ann Briggs said 27 members of the Nelson Civic Choir had been part of the North American premiere of the piece in Carnegie Hall, and they had now brought it back to Nelson to perform for the community.
Ninety singers from the Nelson Civic Choir would join the youth choir which would be directed by Chris Lukies.
They will be joined by a full orchestra of 45 people from Nelson, Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland, led by Hedda Oosterhoff.
She said the 38 members of the youth choir, which is made up of boys and girls aged 7 to 15, had been rehearsing for the concert under Zoe Bennett since May.
‘‘The piece demands a strong youth choir, singing throughout the work,’’ Briggs said.
‘‘They have the important role of representing the children who lost their lives, singing children’s songs and playground chants, and parts of the Latin Mass.’’
Briggs said the children would also take part in a video that would be recorded to accompany the concert.
‘‘They may well be the stars of the whole show,’’ she said.
For Cantata Memoria: For the children of Aberfan will be performed at Nelson College Hall on October 15 at 2pm.
Members of the Nelson Civic Choir youth choir practice for the upcoming concert.