‘Popera’ star joins school

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

More than 100 singing stu­dents and teach­ing fac­ulty were in­volved in this year’s New Zealand Singing School.

Held at the Eastern In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, the 10-day school had 75 clas­si­cal and mu­si­cal the­atre stu­dents, who were taught by a fac­ulty of na­tional and in­ter­na­tional ac­claim, from New Zealand, Aus­tralia and Europe.

Amici For­ever founder and “popera” star Ge­off Sewell was the artist-in-res­i­dence for the 2019 school.

New Zealand Singing School Trust chair­woman He­len Walker said he per­formed at the school’s open­ing cer­e­mony to the “great de­light” of the stu­dents.

Ge­off also ap­peared at the singing school’s pub­lic per­for­mances, in­clud­ing the Show­case at the Tabard last Sat­ur­day and the singing school’s Gala Per­for­mance on Mon­day at the Mu­nic­i­pal The­atre.

On Thurs­day, the school held Clas­sics In the Vil­lage at the Have­lock North Func­tion Cen­tre where about 20 main­stream clas­si­cal stu­dents per­formed.

The school was founded in 1983 and is now held bi­en­ni­ally.

Walker said their point of dif­fer­ence was in the fact they were a “cross-over school”.

“It means that we tu­tor stu­dents in both mu­si­cal the­atre and clas­si­cal gen­res.”

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