Two NZCF regions – Otago and Manawatu-Whanganui – ran highly successful SingFest events last week.
On Thursday 29 October, NZCF Otago hosted a SingFest in Dunedin titled ‘Thank you for the Music’. Five local choirs took part in this celebration of singing, which concluded with all 144 participants joining together to perform ‘Hine e Hine’.
Conductor Alison Tay brought her children’s choir ‘Forte’ from Fairfield School to the event and wrote afterwards to say: “The children were very excited on Thursday, knowing they finally had a chance to perform and they loved singing in Knox Church. Many parents videoed their singing and I have enjoyed going back and listening to them again. The whole concert was fabulous, with a range of different items and different choirs. It is important for me to have the children see adults singing! So thanks everyone.”
Two days later, in Palmerston North, six choirs participated in the NZCF Manawatu-Whanganui SingFest, celebrating the freedom of being able to sing together again. The repertoire ranged from sacred to modern and the concert finale was a massed item in which approximately 200 singers performed an arrangement of ‘Scarbourgh Fair’ led by guest conductor Angela Cook.
You can read more about the Manawatu-Whanganui SingFest in the Manawatu Standard:
Southland’s SingFest is still to come on Saturday 29 November at 2:30pm at First Church, Tay Street, Invercargill. Entry by gold coin.
Dunedin Star Singers, conducted by Rosemary Tarbotton, performing at the NZCF Otago SingFest