Many of our tamariki have missed out on their favourite music-making opportunities this year as a result of the changes in Covid levels. Auckland school choirs have been silenced since mid-August, and the majority of our Kids Sing festivals in other parts of New Zealand were ultimately cancelled.
The NZCF has been thrilled to partner again with MENZA (Music Education New Zealand Aotearoa) and the New Zealand Music Commission for the second year of our virtual choir project, Kids Online Singalong.
We invited primary and intermediate school choirs to learn and make a video of Aroha I Aotearoa – the winning entry in this year’s Hook, Line and Sing-A-Long competition written by 14-year-old Anna Feillet from Otago Girls’ High School – and the result is a video featuring 588 school children from 16 primary and intermediate schools around the country!
The video was released on Thursday 9 December:
The schools featured in our 2021 Kids Online Singalong video are:
AMS Choir from Arthur Miller School, Napier. Conductor: Kerran Williams
Aquinas College Junior Choir from Aquinas College, Tauranga. Conductor: Francie Murphy
Bethlehem College Primary Choir from Bethlehem College, Tauranga. Conductor: Sally Horner
Brooklyn School Choir from Brooklyn School, Motueka. Conductor: Kayla Fish
Caitlin and Paige from Woodhill School, Auckland. Conductor: Naomi Webster
Chisnallwood Choir from Chisnallwood Intermediate School, Christchurch. Conductor: Judith Bell
HNPS Choir from Havelock North Primary School, Havelock North. Conductor: Julie Strand
Junior Campus Choir from James Hargest School, Invercargill. Conductor: Mandy Saunders
Kimi Ora Choir from Kimi Ora School, Lower Hutt. Conductor: Hazel Barrett
Lyrica and Piccolo Choirs from Kelburn Normal School, Wellington. Conductor: Nicola Holt
St Clair School Choir from St Clair School, Dunedin with Anna Feillet. Conductor: Alison Caldwell
St Mary’s Voices from St Mary’s School, Ellerslie, Auckland. Conductor: Jillian Granger
Totara Park School Choir from Totara Park School, Upper Hutt. Conductor: Joanne Roelofs
Tron Songsters Hamilton’s Children’s Choir. Conductor: Maria Colvin
Weston School Choir from Weston School, Oamaru. Conductors: Karen Ruddenklau and Jo Mortimer
Year 6 Choir from Point View School, Auckland. Conductor: Trina Clark
Toby Donald and Paul Neason, National Park – Video edit, illustration and animation
Jeremy Cullen – Sound Engineer
Produced by Juliet Dreaver and Emma Billings