Big win for choir
Singing their hearts out has brought one Palmerston North chorus group a wave of success that they hope to continue riding.
The Manawatu Overtones placed first in the Small Chorus section at New Zealand Sweet Adelines Competition in Wellington on April 30.
Co-director Liz Watts said the group was excited about the win as well as the improvement on last year’s score.
They scored 80 more points than when they last competed two years ago, and also took out the Most Improved Chorus Award.
‘‘We have been working hard with improving our sound... we were expecting to improve but it was unreal to improve that much,’’ Watts said.
She said they sang two songs in the competition – one up-tune song and a ballad.
‘‘It’s a lot of work for that,’’ Watts said.
Every week they trained for three hours on Tuesdays, and did some weekend work and extra section work.
‘‘We’re planning to enter it next year. Next year will be in Auckland, which is a shame, but they’re having trouble finding venues that are big enough.’’
The goal for next year would be to improve their score again, Watts said.
‘‘We can’t control what other choruses do, but improving our score [is a goal] and we might be a mid-sized chorus next year if we can improve our people.’’
Watts said they were hoping to expand their chorus so they could enter the larger category and they were looking for women who could sing in order to do that.
People of any age could enter. Watts said they had one member who was 19 and another who was 71.
Anyone wanting to join could attend practice at Milson Combined Church on May 17.
The Manawatu Overtones were thrilled to place third in the New Zealand Sweet Adelines Competition.