Silver for our Choirs

September 01, 2017 at 3:46 PM

The College's choral programme has been very successful once again, with four fantastic recitals at the 2017 New Zealand Choral Federation’s ‘The Big Sing Finale’ held in the Aotea Centre last week.  Both of our competing choirs, the all-boys-all-comers choir, Menasing and our auditioned mixed choir, Kentoris, achieved scores that placed them in the Silver category of the Big Sing this year. 

Not only does selection into the National Finale put our students in the ‘Top 24’ choirs nationally, from the original 270 choirs that competed across the country, but a silver award for both means our choirs are in the very top percentage of both boys and mixed choirs in New Zealand.  

Saint Kentigern was one of very few schools to have two choirs selected for the Finale, the only school to include Year 7 and 8 students in our choirs, and have an ‘all-comers’ non-auditioned choir selected. 

Both choirs impressed at the final Gala Concert with Kentoris joining the Gold Award winning Saint Kentigern Chamber Orchestra to perform Eric Whitacre’s ‘Glow.’ Known for their ability to entertain, Menasing were chosen to conclude the performances with a very entertaining performance of ‘Standing on the Corner’ from the musical ‘Most Happy Fella’. 

The recitals are currently being uploaded to the New Zealand Choral Federation’s YouTube Channel and are already gaining acclaim from international composers who are able to see the College choirs performing their works.  Radio NZ Concert recorded the audio and will broadcast our choirs over the next few months as part of their ‘Young New Zealand’ programme.  The recitals were also livestreamed to several tens of thousands of audience members around the globe.

You can also find a catalogue of all of Saint Kentigern’s Big Sing Finale recordings from previous years below:

Saint Kentigern College - Kentoris

Saint Kentigern College - Menasing

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