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Christchurch SingFest '20

In sunny weather and sublime conditions, this year’s Christchurch community choral festival was a celebration of singing that lifted the spirits of Covid-weary Cantabrians. Over ten days, and keeping within the Level 2 Covid-19 restrictions, a total of 24 choirs and 1000 choristers gave 47 live performances – a large number of them outdoors – to a total of well over 2000 people.

Several choirs had been rehearsing via Zoom prior to the Christchurch SingFest and, for most, it was their first opportunity to perform this year.  As for audience members, many commented on how great it was to experience live performance again.

Alongside the live performances, videos of 38 choirs, involving over 2500 choristers, were projected in the Great Hall of the Arts Centre and were viewed by around 500 people. NZCF Canterbury/West Coast Chair Rosemary Fisher said:

“This was a fine way for school groups and other community choirs to be part of the SingFest experience if they were unable to participate ‘live’. The team at the Arts Centre played non-stop video performances whenever there was no live concert available. By having this magnificent, warm and comfortable venue available, it allowed us to provide SingFest to the elderly or physically challenged  folk who needed to be indoors and seated, as well as a joyous reception for the very many visitors who would come and sit for a while. The wonderful ringing halls brought life and excitement to all who were fortunate enough to be a part of it, both participants and audiences.”

As well as filling the city with song, SingFest brought a welcome injection of business to shops, cafés and restaurants throughout the CBD. Congratulations to Rosemary and the NZCF Canterbury/West Coast committee for making such a joyous and uplifting impact on the Christchurch community!

The Cecilian Singers, with director Rosemary Turnbull, at Christchurch SingFest ’20