Young singers compete at festival
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.