Silver for Girls’ School at Kids Sing!
August 03, 2016 at 1:29 PM
Four years competing and four Silver Awards for the Girls’ School Performers’ Choir in the New Zealand Choral Federation’s Kids Sing music festival! The Girls’ School Performers’ Choir was formed four years ago and has consistently grown in numbers since that time. It now has 38 members from Years 5-8, all of whom have auditioned to take part. The choir rehearses at lunchtimes under the guidance of Director of Music, Mrs Nicola Brown and pianist, Dr Michael Jenkins.
The Girls’ School has been awarded silver medals in each of the previous three years it has competed in Kids Sing at Auckland Town Hall. The requirements for the primary/intermediate category state that each choir must sing the same test piece as well as two other songs, one of which must be written by a New Zealand composer.
This year the test piece was ‘A Joyful Song’ by Mary Lynn Lightfoot – a two part piece incorporating mixed metre which creates a catchy rhythm. The girls really enjoy this piece and have also risen to the challenge of singing the difficult Latin vowel sounds. For their New Zealand composed piece, the girls sang ‘Nurse’s Song’ by Janet Jennings. The text, by William Blake, tells of children begging to keep playing outdoors as their nurse calls them to come home for bed. The girls’ third piece was ‘Daughter of the Water’ by Bid Cousins, which was bravely sung without piano accompaniment.
Following their competitive performance, the choir was invited back to the Town Hall that evening to sing at the Gala Show where they were awarded the Silver Award. This is a great result given that the choir has welcomed more than 20 new members this year! The judges viewed their performance of all three songs very favourably, and the follow-up recital at the gala evening was met with hugely positive reception!
Congratulations girls, you should be very proud!