Choir and brass com­bine in con­cert


Big, bold and brassy it prom­ises to be. The oc­ca­sion is Now and Then, a com­bined brass and vo­cal con­cert on this Satur­day evening at the Palmer­ston North Sal­va­tion Army.

Fea­tur­ing mu­si­cians from Palmer­ston North, Feild­ing, Levin and Welling­ton, the brass band is un­der the di­rec­tion of Levin tuba (E# bass) soloist and band­mas­ter of the Sal­va­tion Army Welling­ton Ci­tadel Band, Cap­tain Chris Collings.

As well as con­tribut­ing to lead­ing Welling­ton or­ches­tras, the ac­com­plished Chris is also in­volved with the Welling­ton Brass 2015 A-grade Aus­tralasian cham­pion band.

Adding a choral di­men­sion to this con­cert event, spe­cial guests are mem­bers of the in­ter­de­nom­i­na­tional Hamil­ton Com­mu­nity Gospel Choir. Widely trav­elled and well­known for per­for­mances through­out Waikato, and on TV’s Praise Be, the 35-voice choir is ap­pre­ci­ated for its unique style and cap­ti­vat­ing ex­pres­sive­ness.

Its di­rec­tor since 2013 is Sue Shep­herd, mu­sic spe­cial­ist teacher at Mor­rinsville In­ter­me­di­ate School and also highly re­garded ac­com­pa­nist, singer, song­writer, mu­sic ar­ranger, and long-serv­ing choir soloist.

Now and Then prom­ises clas­sics along­side some fresh sounds in the The Sal­va­tion Army Ci­tadel on the cor­ner of Church and Princess St this Satur­day, Septem­ber 12 at 7pm. Adult tick­ets $10, un­der 14s, $5.

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