Perfect birthday for songbird
In words from the glorious hymn
— “scatters fear and gloom; let the church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing” — the New Zealand Opera School students did exactly that.
In the Wanganui Collegiate School chapel yesterday, the 21 students were gladness personified and sang with all their hearts.
Their voices lifted mightily in the service titled “In Praise of Music”, which included hymns and excerpts from GF Handel’s Oratorio
— an inspired choice to listen to in the wondrous old chapel.
The lilting soprano of Anna Mahon singing was both powerful and very pretty, like a summer garden in full bloom.
Tongan tenor Manase Latu delivered the powerful with skill and ease.
And a virtuoso trio Luca Manghi (flute), Annie Hunt (cello) and David Kelly (harpsichord) lulled the capacity congregation with the fine and beautiful Adagio from
A heavenly duet sung by Pasquale Orchard and Cecily Shaw was exquisite.
Their voices blended into one and skimmed seemingly with ease through this finely wrought piece of unforgettable melody.
And what a superb choice of hymn for the congregation in
This was sung lustily with a huge energy.
No doubt residents throughout the area around the chapel stopped any Sunday morning tasks to listen with awe.
And how wonderful it was to have renowned international tutor Della Jones sing the Welsh National anthem followed by the congregation singing New Zealand’s national anthem, first in te reo then in English ensuring a rousing finale to this beautiful Sunday worship.
Seeing the 21 students walking with pride down the aisle at the close was once again testament to an incredible opera school in this, its 25th year.
Bravo, Donald Trott, founder and chairman.
Spirits soared with the voices of New Zealand Opera School students in the Wanganui Collegiate chapel yesterday.