Pupils in fine voice

The Tribune (NZ) - - COMMUNITY INFORMATION | WHAT'S ON - Adult ad­mis­sion to morn­ing and af­ter­noon ses­sions is $5 with Gala Con­cert tick­ets $18. School stu­dents are free.

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.

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