Voices ring dur­ing Big Sing fling

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

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.

DAVID UNWIN/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Mem­bers of Palmer­ston North Boys’ High’s Pasi­fika group.

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