The sound of children’s voices will be ringing out in Auckland, Hastings and Whanganui this month when the NZCF regional The Kids Sing festivals are held. Details of each festival are as follows:
Auckland, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 August
During daytime sessions, competitive choirs present a recital comprising one compulsory piece and several pieces of their own choosing, including a New Zealand piece. The choirs that enter non-competitively choose their own repertoire but all will receive constructive feedback from this year’s adjudicator, Rowan Johnston. Evening Gala Concerts offer each choir the opportunity to showcase some of their songs, as well as sing in a massed performance of the compulsory piece. Each evening culminates in an awards presentation.
Times: Daytime sessions are Tuesday 9.10am-11.20am; 11.55am-2pm; Wednesday 9.25am-11.20am; 11.55-1.50pm; 2.40pm-5.05pm. Gala concerts Tuesday & Wednesday 6.30pm.
Where: Auckland Town Hall
Admission: Daytime sessions $2 at the door; Gala concerts $16.
East Coast, Wednesday 14 August
Ten choirs comprising over 400 children will perform three songs each, of which one must be a New Zealand composition and one a set piece. All choirs will receive feedback from adjudicator Mark Dorrell. The morning sessions will culminate in two evening concerts to showcase the choirs.
Times: Daytime sessions 10-12.30pm; Concerts at 5.30pm and 7.30pm
Where: Hastings Intermediate School
Admission: Morning sessions $5; Evening concerts $10 adults/$5 children. All tickets at the door.
Manawatu-Whanganui, Thursday 29 August
Two intermediate school choirs and seven primary school choirs from Whanganui and the Manawatu will perform a programme of their choice, with children’s choir specialist Megan Flint as commentator.
Where: Prince Edward Auditorium, Whanganui Collegiate School
Admission: Adults koha at the door; School pupils free. All welcome.