Young singers com­pete at fes­ti­val

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

Three hun­dred pri­mary school chil­dren sang their hearts out in Hast­ings this week, as part of the an­nual Kids Sing choir fes­ti­val.

The event is a ju­nior ver­sion of the East Coast re­gional event, The Big Sing for Sec­ondary School Choirs, held in Napier in May.

The day-long event show­cased the talent, vo­cal abil­ity and hard work of Hawke’s Bay’s youth.

Af­ter a day of re­hearsals on Mon­day, yesterday morn­ing seven choirs from six schools filled the Have­lock North In­ter­me­di­ate au­di­to­rium with song be­fore hun­dreds of par­ents and fam­ily mem­bers watched a gala con­cert in the evening.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing schools in­cluded Iona Col­lege Here­worth, Wood­ford House, Here­taunga In­ter­me­di­ate, Have­lock North In­ter­me­di­ate and Have­lock North Pri­mary School. There were two choirs from Here­worth School — St James’ Chapel Choir and Les Je­unes Cho­ristes.

Each choir per­formed set piece El Cielo Canta Ale­gria for in­ter­me­di­ates and Will there Re­ally be a Morn­ing for pri­mary, and two songs of their choice. The ad­ju­di­ca­tor was Me­gan Flint, a di­rec­tor of choirs and teacher of mu­sic in schools in Auck­land.

Here­worth School di­rec­tor of per­form­ing arts Joanne Stevens said the event gave them an op­por­tu­nity to strive for ex­cel­lence.

“To be as good as we can be. The boys love com­pe­ti­tion.” Be­fore the gala evening, Stevens said the boys felt ex­cited about their per­for­mances. “They en­joyed it. Lots of prac­tice goes in, as it does with all the other schools. Every­one works hard on their pieces and then to en­joy the per­for­mance is a bonus.”

Their main choir, St James’ Chapel Choir, has 54 mem­bers who per­formed The Swing and Fod Ok­la­homa Folk Song, earn­ing them a gold award as well as the Ad­ju­di­ca­tor’s Award with Wood­ford House.

Here­worth’s Les Je­unes Cho­ristes won the best over­all award and best test piece. The 18 boys per­formed Some­where Only We Know and The Croc­o­dile (Roald Dahl) as their two other pieces.

The Big Sing 2017.

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