Pupils sing their hearts out at annual contest

Choir director Megan Kolppanen puts Bayfield High School's choir Dolce Concordance through its...
Choir director Megan Kolppanen puts Bayfield High School's choir Dolce Concordance through its paces. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
St Hilda's Collegiate School pupils sing under the direction of music director Ben Madden.
St Hilda's Collegiate School pupils sing under the direction of music director Ben Madden.
Mount Aspiring College Choir.
Mount Aspiring College Choir.
John McGlashan College pupil Tama Anthony-Whigham smiles while singing with his school mates.
John McGlashan College pupil Tama Anthony-Whigham smiles while singing with his school mates.
Adjudicate Peter Watts makes notes.
Adjudicate Peter Watts makes notes.
Columba College's Junior Madrigal Choir sings a tune.
Columba College's Junior Madrigal Choir sings a tune.
The Craighead Diocesan School choir patiently awaits its turn.
The Craighead Diocesan School choir patiently awaits its turn.
Otago Boys' and Otago Girls' High School band Fortress sing with music director Ben Madden.
Otago Boys' and Otago Girls' High School band Fortress sing with music director Ben Madden.

The Dunedin Town Hall was alive with the sound of youth during the annual Big Sing.

Rosemary Tarbotton, the Dunedin co-ordinator for The Big Sing regional festival for Otago and South Canterbury, said yesterday was "wonderful", even though fewer schools participated this year because of uncertainty regarding Covid-19.

About 460 pupils singing in 17 choirs from 13 Otago and South Canterbury schools took part, which was down from almost 600 participants in 2019.

John McGlashan College pupil Tama Anthony-Whigham (17), of Dunedin, said his group had been practising for the event since the start of the year.

He was excited and nervous, even though he knew what to expect because of rehearsals.

Aja Tate-Bell (17) leads the Dunstan High School choir at the Big Sing 2021 regional competition...
Aja Tate-Bell (17) leads the Dunstan High School choir at the Big Sing 2021 regional competition in the Dunedin Town Hall yesterday. About 460 pupils singing in 17 choirs from 13 Otago and South Canterbury schools took part. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Craighead Diocesan School for Girls pupil Phoebe Evans-Hoeffgen (16), of Timaru, had participated in previous Big Sings.

"It’s exciting but it’s hard overcoming the nerves on stage."

Logan Park High School pupil Harlem Wardell-Matahaere (15), of Dunedin, said he sang because it was fun.

"The challenging part of it was learning the song in Italian."

Adjudicator Peter Watts, of Auckland, said it was a pleasure to judge the competition and there was a lot of talent.

A public gala last night followed two competitive sessions.

Polyhymnia, the choir of King’s and Queen’s High Schools in Dunedin, was judged the winner of the New Zealand composition or arrangement category for its performance of The Wellerman.

Best performance of a classical composition was won by Craighead Diocesan, for Riversong; Craighead also won the trophy for the "anything else" category, for The Defining Moment.

 

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