Pupils in fine voice
The city’s biggest choral event takes over the Regent on Broadway next Wednesday. Nineteen choirs involving nearly 700 singers from 10 secondary schools will take part in adjudicated recital sessions that culminate in a grand evening gala concert.
It’s the annual Big Sing. Acting co-ordinator for the NZ Choral Federation regional Secondary Schools Choirs Festival, Roy Tankersley says the event is well supported by local schools. ‘‘New entrants include Waiopehu College from Levin, and Palmerston North’s Queen Elizabeth College.’’
Regular entrants Palmerston North’s Boys’ and Girls’ High Schools have entered four choirs each. Among them is Boys’ High’s Pasifika Singing Group taking part for the first time.
Freyberg High, St Peter’s College, Feilding High and Masterton’s St Matthew’s Collegiate have entered two choirs each. Directed by a student, St Matthew’s senior mixed voice choir has 71 members. Longburn Adventist College, Marton’s Nga Tawa Diocesan School, and Dannevirke High School have entered single choirs alongside a 101-voice choir from Wairarapa’s Rathkeale College.
Each choir presents a varied 10-minute recital programme during sessions at 10am and at 2pm. Each choir is encouraged to include at least one New Zealand composition.
Adjudicator is Dunedin composer and and choral clinician, Anthony Ritchie, who will be helping select finalists from the 10 other regional competitions for the Big Sing National Finale in Dunedin in August.
Each choir will present an item at the 7pm evening gala and prizegiving in the Regent on Broadway.