Sing with Bella a Cap­pella

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Women and girls of all ages who love to sing, and want to learn more about the arts of singing and per­form­ing, are in­vited to join Bay of Is­lands-based cho­rus Bella a Cap­pella.

The cho­rus meets ev­ery Thurs­day, from 6.30pm to 9pm, at the Ma­sonic Lodge in Kerik­eri. Any­one who would like to join, or find out more, can turn up any Thurs­day, or con­tact the group’s web­site www.bel­laa­cap­pel­lanz.com, or its Face­book page Bella a Cap­pella NZ.

The singers are still bask­ing in their suc­cess in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, the Sweet Ade­lines In­ter­na­tional Har­mony Clas­sic, in St Louis, USA, in Oc­to­ber, where they placed fifth in the small cho­rus com­pe­ti­tion. About 35 cho­ruses from around the world com­pete at the in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, and Har­mony Clas­sic in­volves high­scor­ing smaller cho­ruses.

Di­rec­tor Patti Cooke was thrilled with their per­for­mance against fierce com­pe­ti­tion.

“Most com­peti­tors in the Har­mony Clas­sic tend to be from large metropoli­tan ar­eas, so just qual­i­fy­ing to com­pete was a huge achieve­ment for us. Since the Har­mony Clas­sic be­gan in 2000, only one other small cho­rus from New Zealand has qual­i­fied to com­pete,” she said.

The cho­rus re­ceived com­pli­ments for its 15-minute Ma¯ori and North­land-themed per­for­mance. The singers were granted per­mis­sion by Sir Api­rana Ngata’s wha¯nau to per­form one of his wa­iata, and to one of the cho­rus mem­bers and her wha¯nau for teach­ing them the kapa haka moves.

“We were as au­then­tic and proud as we could pos­si­bly be, and the au­di­ence loved it,” Patti said. She thanked the many com­mu­nity groups, es­pe­cially Fo­cus Pai­hia, and in­di­vid­u­als who helped with en­cour­age­ment and fundrais­ing.

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The Kerik­eri-based Bella a Cap­pella com­pet­ing at last year’s Sweet Ade­lines In­ter­na­tional in St Louis, USA.

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