Choir pays trib­ute to Welsh vic­tims

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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.

‘‘They have the im­por­tant role of rep­re­sent­ing the chil­dren who lost their lives.’’

Ann Briggs

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.

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