Teen choirs on song at Big Sing festival

The Leader (Nelson) - - WHAT’S ON - SARA MEIJ

Sing when your win­ning could just about have been the catchcry for the Nel­son school choirs which com­peted at the re­gional Big Sing festival in Blen­heim.

Nay­land Col­lege’s boys choir Aug­mented was highly com­mended for its per­for­mance over the week­end.

Aug­mented won first place in the ‘NZ song’ cat­e­gory and Marl­bor­ough Girls Col­lege’s Ovation won first place in the ‘art mu­sic’ cat­e­gory and they both got first in the ‘other styles’ cat­e­gory.

Nay­land’s girls choir Sotto Voce came sec­ond in the ‘arts mu­sic’ and ‘other styles’ cat­e­gories.

Both the Motueka High School Suono Bel­lis­simo choir and Motueka Singers choir were com­mended, as well as Nay­land’s mixed choir Nay­col Cho­rale and Marl­bor­ough Boys Col­lege’s No Girls Aloud choir.

The Big Sing Na­tional Festival is a na­tional group-singing com­pe­ti­tion for sec­ondary school stu­dents. More than 10,000 young peo­ple from over 250 schools na­tion­wide are tak­ing part in re­gional fes­ti­vals this year.

Nay­land Col­lege prin­ci­pal Daniel Wil­son said it had been the school’s third year of tak­ing part in the com­pe­ti­tion and they had been ‘‘the stand­out school of the event’’.

‘‘It was ex­cep­tional, the changes I’ve seen over the last three years with the choirs when they first per­formed have been ex­po­nen­tial.

‘‘The stu­dents were ex­tremely focused, they’ve worked in­cred­i­bly hard and the per­for­mance was just out­stand­ing.’’

He said the male voice choir in par­tic­u­lar was ‘‘the high­light of the day’’ for the crowd at the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘There’s not a lot of co-ed schools putting to­gether male choirs, it’s a lit­tle dif­fer­ent.’’

Wil­son said the col­lege’s head of mu­sic Nigel Weeks had made cho­ral mu­sic ‘‘a real fo­cus, putting a lot of en­ergy and ef­fort into build­ing up that part of their mu­sic pro­gramme.

He was hope­ful Aug­mented might get an in­vi­ta­tion to per­form at the Na­tional Fi­nale in Au­gust.

Weeks said that the choirs had worked ex­cep­tion­ally hard to­wards the event.

‘‘It is a credit to the amaz­ing stu­dents and staff we have at the school that they were able to per­form at such an out­stand­ing level.’’

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Nay­land Col­lege prin­ci­pal Daniel Wil­son said it had been the school’s third year of tak­ing part in the com­pe­ti­tion and they had been ‘‘the stand­out school of the event’’.

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