Voices unite for per­for­mances

Piako Post - - FRONT PAGE - KA­T­RINA TANIRAU

‘‘Let’s do it again!’’ was the re­sound­ing mes­sage from mem­bers of three choirs who per­formed in the United Voices Mass Choir show.

Choirs from Thames and Katikati joined the Te Aroha Com­mu­nity Choir for four dif­fer­ent shows, singing songs from African Zulu Folk to Henry VIII, pop­u­lar hits to mu­si­cals, Ma¯ori and Latin just to name a few, all in a 90 minute time­frame.

Te Aroha Com­mu­nity Choir di­rec­tor John Mul­lon said the choirs had mas­sive sup­port at each show, with to­tal au­di­ence num­bers reach­ing well over 700 over the four shows in three towns (Te Aroha, Katikati and Thames).

‘‘We had been pre­par­ing since Fe­bru­ary and all that hard work came to­gether nicely,’’ he said

‘‘The huge va­ri­ety of mu­sic per­formed was noted many times by those at­tend­ing.’’

Young, up and com­ing con­cert pi­anist Jono Dun­lop from Mi­randa and a re­cent Mas­ters Grad­u­ate from Auck­land Uni- ver­sity ac­com­pa­nied the Massed Choir and Te Aroha Com­mu­nity Choir, where he dis­played his out­stand­ing skills per­form­ing the Nina Si­mone hit, I Wish I knew How it would feel to be Free.

His solo brought a rous­ing re­sponse from the au­di­ence, John said.

He will be the first guest to per­form on the grand pi­ano the choir is cur­rently fundrais­ing for.

The fi­nal show in Katikati was over Queen’s Birth­day Week­end bring­ing the United Voices tour to an end.

‘‘This was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence as it was both chal­leng­ing and up­lift­ing,’’ John said.

‘‘The choirs all joined to­gether at the end of the show to give a joy­ous per­for­mance of Carly Si­mons’ Let The River Run, bring­ing the house down.’’

Com­mu­nity choirs are a grow­ing world­wide phe­nom­e­non and John said it is en­cour­ag­ing to have so many choirs in the im­me­di­ate area.

Col­lab­o­ra­tions are a won­der­ful way of get­ting groups to­gether and the hope is that the choirs will join again.

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