August 26, 2013 at 8:36 AM
Saint Kentigern had three choirs entered in the Auckland Choral Kids Sing Festival this week. The Performers’ Choirs from the Boys’ and the Girls’ Schools and A Minor, the Year 7 and 8 choir from the College, each took their turn on stage at the Aotea Centre with the Boys’ School and the College returning on the final evening for the Gala Concert in the Town Hall.
Kids Sing encourages Primary and Intermediate school choirs from around New Zealand to take part in regional festivals designed as an opportunity for children and conductors to perform in a supportive environment and receive constructive feedback. Many schools take part each year as primary school conductors come to realise that superior outcomes can be achieved through the teaching and nurturing of basic choral techniques.
Each choir sings four songs: a test piece, a piece by a New Zealand composer, a unison song (same melody – no harmonies) and one ‘other’ song chosen by the school. This year the sombre ‘Old Abram Brown’ by Benjamin Britten was the test piece sung in round to test the young choristers.
Performance certificates are awarded and both the Boys’ School and the College received Bronze Awards and the Girls’ School were proud to be awarded Silver.
Our choirs really enjoyed the opportunity to hear other schools sing and much was learned from the experience.
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