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