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Festival of Song: Service of Sacred Music and Readings

When:

Sun 11 Jan 2015, 10:00am–11:30am

Where: Waiapu Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, 28 Browning St, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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The Service of Sacred Music and Readings is a collection of scared music solos and ensembles interspersed with religious readings. It forms part of the 2015 Festival of Song Presented In Association with the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation.

The New Zealand Singing School Trust would like to thank the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation for their ongoing support of the Festival of Song concert series. This is becoming a key arts event in the Hawke's Bay arts calendar every second January.

Students of the 2015 IFAC Handa New Zealand Singing School perform to the public during the School through the Festival of Song concert series. These concerts include a mixture of informal “on campus” concerts featuring students’ own choice of items, plus four formal concerts at St John’s Cathedral, the Havelock North Community Centre , the MTG Century Theatre and Tabard Theatre in Napier. The final gala concert will be held at the Napier Municipal Theatre in Napier and will also feature the 2015 Artist in Residence, Robert Tucker - New Zealand born Baritone.

The Service of Sacred Music and Readings will feature newly composed works for the New Zealand Signing School by David Hamilton, the inaugural Composer in Residence of the New Zealand Singing School. His three new works of New Zealand text are titled "Kia Hora Te Marino", "A Blessing for this Day" and "Wonderful Me". The New Zealand Singing School Trust is keen to see the development and celebration of New Zealand music, but is aware that there is not a large selection of music for voice and piano only, that is suitable for performance by 16 – 21 year old singers both men and women. The NZSS Trust is thrilled to have been able to appoint well known composer, David Hamilton who was born in Napier, as Composer in Residence. He has composed well over 100 works for choirs with orchestra or organ, frequently taking words from poems and writing music for them.

Students of the 2015 IFAC Handa New Zealand Singing School will be directed by Susan Melville and accompanied by Kay Shacklock, faculty members of the School.

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