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Do you hear the children sing?

Children in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty, Wellington and Nelson regions have been singing their lungs out, rehearsing for their respective The Kids Sing (TKS) festivals to be held in Hamilton, Wellington and Motueka in October/ November.

This year’s TKS in Motueka will be the first in the region and it is hoped that the event will grow to include more choirs from Nelson next year and, eventually, from Marlborough as well.

Details of the three events are as follows:


Hamilton, Thursday 24 October
A record number of 18 choirs (a total of 520 children) from all over the Waikato/Bay of Plenty region will participate in this year’s festival, including choirs from Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Taupo, Putaruru, Kawerau and Ruatahuna. Roy Tankersley from Palmerston North will be this year’s adjudicator.

Choirs either choose to enter the Graded Performance category, where they perform a set work and two other pieces and are awarded a Gold, Silver or Bronze award, or to enter a programme of their own choice and receive feedback on their performance from the adjudicator.

Times:  9:00am – 3:20pm
Where: Southwell School, Peachgrove Road, Hamilton
Admission: Adults koha at the door.


Wellington, Thursday 14 November
Fourteen primary and intermediate school choirs from around the Wellington region will perform two songs each in any style. In addition to their two pieces, choirs also have the option of performing the test piece, ‘The Moon’ by Andy Beck. All choirs will receive a written report from the adjudicator/commentator Christine Argyle, who will also present an award for the best performance of the test piece in each session.

Times: 9:00am – 2.30pm
Where: St Mark’s Church School
Admission: Admission free; audience seating limited.


Motueka, Friday 22 November
Eight primary school choirs will perform two songs of their own choice at this inaugural The Kids Sing festival, run by the new Nelson/Marlborough NZCF committee. Rosemary Russell will be the guest commentator and, as well as giving written feedback to the choirs, she will rehearse a piece by Lucy Summerfield of Motueka High School, Aotearoa, No Te Katoafor a massed choir performance at the evening concert. All participants will receive a badge and the choirs will receive certificates.

Times: Daytime session 1pm – 3.15 pm; Evening concert 6pm – 8pm
Where: Motueka Memorial Hall
Admission: Adults $5, Children free. Door sales only.