The Lion King
; the music by Elton John and Lebo M, with lyrics by Time Rice. Drums and other percussion instruments plus whistling opened the piece, along with a very good male solo. The choir had impressive... read more
A varied concert of items telling stories was given by the Wellington Youth Choir, under its Acting Musical Director. It began in great style, with ‘The Circle of Life’, from the movie
Twenty-two choirs, including four ‘guest choirs’ which are not eligible for an award, from 16 schools came to Wellington for the annual singing jamboree known as The Big Sing, managed by the New Zealand Choral Federation. The festival began in 1988 when it was separated from the then Westpac Schools Music Contest which included chamber music groups as well as singers.
The latest figures showed that 148 schools, 235 choirs...
performance offered the Wellington concert-going public this year so far (after all, it's only August!), I thought the program of this concert by its own lights adventurous and challenging. And, regarding the combination of Mozart and Rachmaninov, a well-known French saying - "Vive la différence" can easily put it in an acceptable context.
Looking at things more closely than... read more
Aside from the circumstance of this being the THIRD Mozart
The visiting choir of 42 trebles is the cream of a much bigger enterprise, based in Melbourne, that trains 200 boys in choral singing. It was founded back in 1964, but this was the choir’s first visit ‘across the ditch’, despite its having visited many northern hemisphere countries, on no fewer than 14 tours.
In addition to producing a fine choral sound and singing all items from memory, the choir...
Choral music seems to be on the up and up, not only here, but in other countries as well. Any choir would be exceedingly proud to sing as well as this choir does; all the more surprising, because the members, from all parts of New Zealand, meet only in school holidays, and because every work (except the newly-commissioned one) was sung from memory. ‘Sung’ includes body percussion, actions, sign...
It was gratifying to see the church nearly full for the thirteen members of the choir who sang an interesting and varied programme.
Immediately they began, the choir had a wonderful, confident sound. The opening item, ‘Resonet in laudibus’ was by Jacob Handl, a sixteenth century Slovenian composer also known as Gallus. The pure sounds in this sympathetic acoustic made it hard to believe that there were so few performers ...
Releasing the Angel
, the first music track on composer Eve de Castro-Robinson's new, eponymously-titled CD from Atoll Records, leaves me "on-the-spot smitten" by the music's attractive tactile quality. How readily those shimmering orchestral sounds fly towards and wrap themselves around and about my ears! - and how, just as tantalizingly, they fall away, leaving the voice of a solo 'cello floating in those same... read more
Listening to the very opening of
Christophorus Kantorei is a choir from a high school in Altensteig in the Black Forest in Germany. The choir has become renowned for its excellence, and the singers tour overseas every four years. Our good fortune was that at present two of the 60 singers are from Tawa, while their father, who organised this tour, works in Germany.
The conductor, Michael Nonnenmann, is a tall, genial gentleman, who... read more
It is great to be able to report that an increasing number of secondary school students are singing in school choirs: the numbers taking part in The Big Sing increases every year.
This year I attended the Thursday night Gala Concert, which was the culmination of a day in which 15 secondary school choirs from 9 schools sang three items each. The previous night’s concert had featured 18... read more
It’s usually a mistake not to go to concerts by our youth choirs and orchestras, because any lack of individual maturity or technical skill is completely subordinated, given a reasonably inspiring conductor, to the energy, enthusiasm and readiness to respond that young people can deliver.
The concert was a varied one, ranging from this rather extraordinary work by Rossini, through traditional choral sounds from Rachmaninov and Rheinberger to spirituals and...