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.