Choirs en masse

SingFest is a cel­e­bra­tion of com­mu­nity choirs.


Six adult choral groups in­volv­ing some 200 singers con­verge on Palmer­ston North this Satur­day for SingFest 2016.

Hosted at St Peter’s Church, Ruahine St, the fourth non­com­pet­i­tive fes­ti­val run by the Manawatu-Whanganui re­gion of the NZ Choral Fed­er­a­tion, will see per­for­mances from the in­di­vid­ual choirs, as well as amassed choir item to bring the fes­ti­val to a close.

Guest com­men­ta­tor from Welling­ton is the highly ex­pe­ri­enced Eric Si­doti who will con­duct the massed choir per­for­mance of Steal Away. Eric will also pro­vide writ­ten eval­u­a­tions on each choir’s 12-minute bracket of songs that has been cho­sen from their reper­toire, and give a gen­eral com­men­tary on the fes­ti­val.

City choirs tak­ing part are All Saints Choir con­ducted by Jenny Boy­ack, Palmer­ston North Choral So­ci­ety con­ducted by Ali­son Ste­wart, and the Re­nais­sance Singers con­ducted by Guy Don­ald­son. From Whanganui come the Lyric Singers con­ducted by Joanna Love and Schola Sacra con­ducted by Palmer­ston North’s Roy Tanker­s­ley. The sixth choir is Tai­hape’s Ar­ca­dian Singers con­ducted by He­len Gor­don.

Joanna, the Re­gional Choral Fed­er­a­tion sec­re­tary, says the fes­ti­val will be a great op­por­tu­nity to hear a se­lec­tion of adult choirs on the same day at the one venue, and fol­lows suc­cess­ful events held in 2011, 2012 and 2014.

SingFest runs from 10am to 3pm, with a break for lunch be­tween 11.45am and 1pm. The pub­lic are wel­come with a nom­i­nal $5 ad­mis­sion charge payable at the door. School chil­dren are free.


Guy Don­ald­son at the helm of the Re­nais­sance Singers, one of six from the re­gion per­form­ing at SingFest 2016 on Satur­day.

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