Two concerts by RSA Choir

The RSA Choir.
The RSA Choir.
The temporary closure of the Dunedin Town Hall for renovations has led to a major scheduling change for the Dunedin RSA choir.

The choir usually books the town hall for its concerts, which attract audiences of at least 800.

But for its final programme for the year the choir has taken a different tack. Instead of booking one large alternative venue it has opted to give two performances in two different theatres on two different days.

The first will be at the Kings and Queens Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday, November 30, at 7.30pm, and the second will be a Sunday matinee at Mosgiel's Coronation Hall on December 11 at 2pm.

The same programme will be presented at each.

The guest artists are budding opera singer Tamata Mayo (21), a University of Otago classical music performance student studying under Judy Bellingham, the Dunedin all-women's choir the Melrose Singers, and Dunedin singers Gladys Hope and Peter Chin.

Mr Chin, a longtime supporter of the choir, will also be the compere.

Each venue had a seating capacity of 400, RSA choir spokesman Keith Harrex said.

One of the benefits of the town hall was easy access for people in wheelchairs or with mobility issues, but he said space had been set aside in both the smaller venues to cater for patrons in wheelchairs.

Bookings were already good for the matinee in Mosgiel, which Mr Harrex said was something new for the choir.

"Many of our subscribers are elderly and don't get out at night as much now so we hope an afternoon performance will appeal to them. And we already get good support from Mosgiel people."


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