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.

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