This biennial festival was held at St Peter’s Church, Palmerston North on Saturday 19 March 2016.
Representing six choirs from the region, 153 singers participated in a day where each choir presented their own items, within a 12-minute time frame. Those choirs were Arcadian Singers (Taihape), Lyric Singers (Whanganui), Palmerston North Choral Society, All Saints’ Choir (PN), Schola Sacra (Whanganui) & Renaissance Singers (PN).
Eric Sidoti was the commentator for the day, providing detailed reports for those choirs which requested a critique. Eric is musical director of both the Kapiti Chamber Choir and the Kapiti Chorale. He also conducts Wellington St John’s Presbyterian Church choir and is musical director of the Hutt Valley Gang Show.
Eric’s expertise and relaxed manner made the two warmup sessions and massed choir rehearsals of a challenging SATB arrangement of ‘Steal Away’ an enjoyable experience for everyone.
The next Manawatu-Whanganui Regional SingFest is to be held on Saturday 7 April, 2018.