Light up the night

Palmer­ston North opera singer Anna Leese thrills lis­ten­ers around the world.

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Since win­ning the Mo­bil Song Quest, Anna has sung with top English and Euro­pean opera com­pa­nies and with New Zealand Opera. She has per­formed for roy­alty and been a soloist at the Royal Al­bert Hall.

She re­turns to the city this week for Last Night Of the Proms. Show di­rec­tor Pat Snox­ell is nat­u­rally de­lighted.

‘‘Tra­di­tion­ally, the so­prano

FES­TI­VAL: Mul­ti­cul­tural per­for­mances, ex­hi­bi­tions, art, dance, mu­sic, food fes­ti­val, chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, IPC Ter­tiary In­sti­tute, Aokautere Dr, 11am – 4pm. En­quiries Hiro Tsumakura ht­sumakura@ipc.ac.nz, or Peter Davies pdavies@ipc.ac.nz , 354 0922. PRE­NA­TAL PI­LATES: Breath­ing and re­lax­ation tech­niques, pelvic floor ex­er­cises, gen­tle ex­er­cises, 12.30 – 1.30pm, Ano­maly Dance Stu­dio, Level 1, 310 Ran­gi­tikei St. No pre­vi­ous Pi­lates ex­pe­ri­ence re­quired. soloist is an es­sen­tial part of the event both in show­cas­ing their own reper­toire and lead­ing the rous­ing com­mu­nity singing at the end,’’ Pat says.

Anna will per­formthe Rugby World Cup an­them, World In Union, ar­ranged for soloist and choir by Manawatu’s Roger Buchanan, and Puc­cini’s pop­u­lar aria, OMio Bab­bino Caro. Her se­lec­tion also in­cludesmu­si­cal theatre favourites, be­fore lead­ing the band, choir and au­di­ence in Rule Bri­tan­nia, Jerusalem, Land Of Hope And Glory and Now Is the Hour, as well as Pokarekare Ana.

She will be ac­com­pa­nied by the 38-piece Royal New Zealand Navy In­quiries Paula move@flu­id­form­fit­ness.co.nz or 356 3462 to register. CRO­QUET: Rose Gar­dens As­so­ci­a­tion Cro­quet and Golf Cro­quet Club Day, The Es­planade, 12.45pm. Visi­tors and be­gin­ners welcome, car park pav­il­ion ev­ery Satur­day, Sun­day and Tues­day in sea­son. WAGON WHEELS Coun­try Mu­sic Group: Guest artist Cary­lann Martin from Welling­ton, and oth­ers from Band, which played at the Gal­lipoli cen­te­nary com­mem­o­ra­tions, led by mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Colin Clark.

In all, 120 singers and per­form­ers in­clud­ing Dou­glas Ran­som from 2013’s Joseph are in the im­pres­sive line-up as well as an 80-strong sec­ondary school choir.

The au­di­ence is a vi­tal in­gre­di­ent of the fun and fanfare. Pat would like as many as pos­si­ble to come cos­tumed for the oc­ca­sion.

‘‘If would be great if peo­ple dressed as the Queen or mem­bers of the royal fam­ily,’’ Pat says. ❚ Last Night Of The Proms in The Re­gent On Broad­way this Sun­day, Septem­ber 27, at 7.30pm. Tick­ets from Tick­etDirect.

around the south­ern North Is­land, West End School Hall, Botan­i­cal Rd, 1pm. Adults $3, chil­dren un­der 14 free. En­quiries Ian Franklin 358 4993 or frankie2233@xtra.co.nz SO­CIAL TEN­NIS: Adult play­ers of all ages. Awa­puni Park, New­bury St, 1.30pm. Con­tact Bill, 355 2290. MINECRAFT CLUB for Kids: Minecraft Chal­lenge – fast paced play for en­thu­si­asts, 4 – 5.30pm, BYO lap­top & $5, Cafe Royale, Square Edge. In­quiries 354 7479.

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