Singers of­fer a Sun­day feast of musical tal­ent

Hamilton News - - FRONT PAGE - Louela Rosal Pe­garido

Seven choirs and cho­ruses are pol­ish­ing their reper­toire for the in­au­gu­ral Choir Show­case in Hamil­ton on Sun­day.

They will per­form 40 songs, which in­clude a ren­di­tion of He Hōnore in te reo by a com­bined choir in­clud­ing Roopu O Kihi, the Kapa Haka group from IDEA Ser­vices. He Hōnore is a prayer for honour and peace to the land.

A Face­book record­ing of the song taken at practice has been viewed more than 31,000 times.

The Choir Show­case is a new event at the an­nual A&P Show at the Claude­lands Events Cen­tre in Hamil­ton East.

“This is part of the A&P Show so make a day of it,” says event con­vener Tony Dixon.

Choir Show­case starts at 1.30pm and fin­ishes by 4pm. Tick­ets are $15 and in­clude the A&P Show.

They hope the choir fes­ti­val will be­come an event where tal­ent is recog­nised and ex­cel­lent com­mu­nity singing be­comes a tra­di­tion, Mr Dixon said.

The Mo­saic Waikato Mod­ern Choir from Cam­bridge, known for its magic, is ex­pected to as­tound the au­di­ence.

The Ōhine­muri Singers have been singing for over 75 years and have 25-30 singers while the Waikato

River­tones, an award-win­ning cho­rus of women aged nine to 70+ years with more than 20 years singing ex­pe­ri­ence and is known for its four-part a cap­pella har­mony.

The River­tones have rep­re­sented New Zealand at sev­eral In­ter­na­tional Sweet Ade­line Com­pe­ti­tions, the most re­cent in Las Ve­gas.

World win­ners of the Har­mony Clas­sic con­test in San An­to­nio, Texas, the choir sings ev­ery­thing from heart-felt bal­lads to lively toetap­ping up-tunes with chore­og­ra­phy.

The Te Aroha Singers Com­mu­nity Choir is known for its an­nual ma­jor con­cert, love for work­shops and col­lab­o­ra­tive projects with other choirs.

Male Voices Waikato, a tra­di­tional male voice choir go­ing since 1995 cov­ers pop, gospel, clas­si­cal, jazz, folk, mu­si­cals and con­tem­po­rary and Mighty River Har­mony, 40 men singing four­part har­mony. They have won six New Zealand bronze medals, one sil­ver medal and one gold medal.

Photo / Sup­plied

Waikato River­tones Cho­rus is one of the groups which will be per­form­ing at the new choir fes­ti­val at Waikato A&P Show this week­end.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.