All singers – not just skilled sight-readers and experienced singers but all who enjoy combined singing – love the chance to sing a major choral work.
Each year in May singers in the Wellington Region congregate for the day-and-a-half choral workshop in the Salvation Army Citadel. In past years the 200 massed voices have sung the glorious requiems of Faure, Mozart, Verdi, among many sacred works – or even the markedly secular Carmina Burana. This year some 220 choristers came from as far afield as Brisbane, Whangarei and Dunedin to sing “The Armed Man” by Karl Jenkins, with one participant posting a short excerpt on youtube.
Mark Dorrell was thrilled to return as the Musical Director and all those who sang ‘Carmen’ with him in 2013 couldn’t wait to repeat the experience. Despite the brief rehearsal, singers approached the final performance with vigour and were delighted at how their performance moved the audience.
The ANZAC spirit and the desire for peace and tolerance were felt throughout.
Elizabeth Crayford & Lynda Hunter
Photo by Heather Armishaw