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Girls' School to Sing at V8's!

April 12, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Singing to a potential audience of 900 million homes worldwide could be cause for the most professional choir to be nervous but the 16 strong Saint Kentigern Girls’ School auditioned performers’ choir of 9 to 12 year olds have taken it in their stride. For weeks, under the guidance of Head of Music, Mrs Nicola Brown and accompanist, Dr Michael Jenkins, they have been rehearsing two national anthems, God of Nations and Advance Australia Fair, to sing at the opening of the V8 Event in Pukekohe, this coming Sunday, 14 April. Sky Sport 3 will be broadcasting this event live around the world with a huge potential for the girls to be seen.

Not only will the girls be seen, they will also see! They will be standing in a prime location to watch the start of the race from the podium! The girls and accompanying staff will have accreditation to enter the course, for an event that 120,000 people are expected to attend. The V8 Supercars is New Zealand’s biggest sporting event.

This lucky break for the girls was made possible by Greg Mosen, the Event Director of the NZ V8 Supercar and Bathurst series. His wife, Sue, works at the Girls’ School. In the past, the Anthems had always been sung as solo items but after seeing a school choir perform at a Gold Coast event, last year Waikato Diocesan were invited to sing in Hamilton. With the event moved to the Pukekohe racetrack this season, it was the turn of an Auckland school to perform. The girls will sing the anthems, whilst Pukekohe North Primary School will perform the haka. 

There is another important Saint Kentigern connection. All eyes will also be on former Saint Kentigern College student, Shane Van Gisbergen who has been successfully racing a V8 supercar for the last five years.

The girls have been down to Pukekohe for their sound check and are really excited. Be sure to watch out for the event on television!

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