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Massed Voices Join in One-Off Christmas Concert

Massed Voices Join in One-Off Christmas Concert

Central Auckland
Youth Well Represented: Grace McMillan-Caires of Onehunga
(at the piano) is joined by Esme and Verity Kennerley of
Epsom, Austin Davies of Herne Bay, Henry Winder of Remuera
and Ken, Tom and Nicola Walton of Epsom in rehearsal at Holy
Trinity Cathedral.
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Central Auckland Youth Well Represented: Grace McMillan-Caires of Onehunga (at the piano) is joined by Esme and Verity Kennerley of Epsom, Austin Davies of Herne Bay, Henry Winder of Remuera and Ken, Tom and Nicola Walton of Epsom in rehearsal at Holy Trinity Cathedral."

Media Release
16 November 2006

Massed Voices Join in One-Off Christmas Concert

It’s one of the biggest massed youth choirs in the country, and it will perform in Auckland for a ‘one off’ special Christmas concert on 1 December.

The ‘Celebration of Youth’ combines the Auckland Youth Choir, Auckland Boys’ Choir, the Auckland Girls’ Choir and the Aotea Youth Symphony in a "Celebration of Youth at Christmas" concert at Holy Trinity Cathedral - 165 young singers and musicians.

Young people from 5 to 30 years will sing sacred and secular music for the 1 ½ hour long, evening’s entertainment. Family favourites such as “Silent Night”, “Joy to the World” and “O Come All Ye Faithful” will feature.

The concert is becoming an annual event, and each year it grows in size and popularity. This year, for the first time, concert organisers have chosen the Holy Trinity Cathedral in order to accommodate the swelling numbers of concert goers – over 500 are expected.

“This will be an amazing experience – both for the audience and the young people performing,” says Leonie Lawson, Director of Music of the Auckland Girls’ Choir. “It gives youth, many of whom will progress into full time music careers, a chance to perform on a scale seldom realised. We do this concert annually. And every year these youngsters gain in confidence and professional experience through this one event. It’s an entrée into a much higher level of musical poise.”

A Christmas tree will be erected by the Choir at the Concert, and children of families attending are encouraged to bring a gift to place under the tree instead of paying an entry fee. The Anglican Trust for Women and Children and KidzFirst Children’s Hospital will benefit.

“It’s a concert for the whole family. You’ll even get a chance to join in the singing for some of the numbers!” says Leonie.

Organ Scholar at the Cathedral, Eugene Lavery will support the concert.

Time: Friday, 1 December, 7.30pm
Place: Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell
Cost: Adults: $15; Seniors/Students: $10
Children 0-12 years: free – encouraged to bring a gift for
the Christmas tree.


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