The New Zealand Youth Choir (NZYC) has returned from a 24-day whirlwind tour through Europe and a concert stop-over in Singapore. The choir’s unique sound delivering a programme with distinct New Zealand repertoire won the hearts of audiences at over 20 performances. Among many highlights, a stand-out was achieving a clean sweep at the 24th Annual International Festival of Academic Choirs in the Czech Republic, winning all four categories they competed in and finally the grand overall prize, the Grand Prix.
“The choir worked incredibly hard and had developed a culture of doing the job at the time,” says Music Director David Squires. “They sang with meaning and heart, which blew the judges away. We knew we were delivering something really special from New Zealand and its culture to European audiences.”
The choir continued its tour to Le Quesnoy, a small town in northern France, which was liberated by the NZ Division just four days before the end of WW1, to participate in their memorial services. A very moving experience for all involved.
From there NZYC travelled to Paris to participate in High Mass at Notre-Dame Cathedral, singing an all-Kiwi programme and then to the UK to perform in Oxford, Windsor Castle and the prestigious St John’s Smith Square concert hall in Westminster.
NZYC will audition for a new choir from 28 November – 2 December in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. For more information visit http://www.choirsnz.co.nz/youth
Watch Youtube footage.