Voices ring during Big Sing fling
Top honours in Manawatu’s Big Sing Regional Secondary Schools Choirs Festival at the Regent on Broadway last Wednesday went to groups from Palmerston North Boys’ High and Palmerston North Girls’ High.
Boys’ High’s OK Chorale and Girls’ High’s Cantat rices both received highly commended awards from Wellington adjudicator, Pepe Becker.
Directed by its founder Graeme Young, the OK Chorale also won the Renaissance Singers’ Trophy for the best a cappella performance, and the Shona & Barry Old Award for the best overall performance.
Palmerston North’s Longburn Adventist College LAC Choir and Sine Nomine from Levin’s Waiopehu College both received commended awards in this section.
These four choirs will be submitted for inclusion among the 24 choirs from 11 regional competitions that get selected to take part in the national finale at Auckland’s Aotea Centre on August 24 to 26.
The OK Chorale has made the national finale in past years, receiving a gold medal for performance in 2014.
From the groups not intent on making the national finale, highly commended awards went to Freyberg High School’s Bella and the Fellas and Feilding High School’s Dolce Com. Bella and the Fellas picked up the Judith & Guy Donaldson Trophy for the best performance of a New Zealand work.
The Year 11 Fun Choir from Masterton’s St Matthews Collegi- ate School, and Son of a Pitch from PNBHS both received commended awards.
Boys’ High group Pasifika won the inaugural Ministry for Youth Development Spirit of the Festival Award, and St Matthews Collegiate Junior Choir won the Best Junior Choir award.
The Palmerston North Choral Society Trophy recognising outstanding student support went to the student conductors of the Rathkeale Boys’ Choir.
Big Sing convenor Roy Tankersley said he was impressed with the overall high standard.
During the power cut on Wednesday morning, Tankersley said the choirs vacated the theatre and took to the streets giving impromptu alfresco performances on Broadway, in Downtown, and at UCOL.
The regional Big Sing involved some 700 pupils in 19 choirs from 10 regional high schools.
Members of Palmerston North Boys’ High’s Pasifika group.