‘Stunning’ choir brings Christmas cheer

Fairfield School’s choir, Forte, conducted by music teacher Alison Tay, performs at Toitu Otago...
Fairfield School’s choir, Forte, conducted by music teacher Alison Tay, performs at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum last Friday. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Carols performed by Fairfield School’s choir, Forte, brought Christmas cheer  to visitors at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum last Friday.

Accompanied by a pianist, 25 pupils sang 12  carols to an appreciative audience.

The performance was capped off with two Christmas poems read by  pupil Annabel Kelly (12).

Music teacher Alison Tay said the "spectacular and stunning choir" enjoyed performing at Toitu for the first time.

The children loved being members of Forte and one pupil, Kohl Goodfellow (10), said that Forte was the "best choir I have ever been a part of".

Forte also performed at the lighting of the Octagon Christmas tree and the launch of the Kmart Wishing Tree earlier this month.

She created Forte so children would have an opportunity to perform at school, Ms Tay said.

"All children can sing and I wanted to celebrate that," she said.

Forte practised twice a week and was for children from years 5 to 9.

There were auditions to join the choir because it was so popular.

She was proud of the choir’s performance on Friday and Forte was "lots of work but the most enjoyable part of my week", she said.

- Kayla Hodge

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