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Young Voices of Melbourne Concert


Mon 6 Jul 2015, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: St Andrews Church, 26 Stanley Street, Queenstown

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Donation: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: haines4

The 50-strong ‘Young Voices of Melbourne ‘ choir will be performing in Queenstown on its 25th Anniversary celebration tour. The 10 day trip also includes concerts in Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington and Christchurch.

This is one of Australia’s finest youth choirs. They have performed at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, at the World Swimming Championships, and have won prizes in International Choir Festivals. You will also hear them in the theme music for the popular TV shows We Can Be Heroes and Summer Heights High. They tour regularly, having previously sung in Europe, North America, South Africa, Asia and Samoa.

Members of the choir are aged between 11 and 17 years, and have come through the extensive training programme run by Mark O’Leary, the choir director.

The choir is excited to be joined on this tour by a special friend – hammer dulcimer player and composer Malcolm Dalglish, from Indiana (USA). This is probably the first time a hammer dulcimer has been played in Queenstown. It’s a beautiful tuned percussion instrument, with strings set on a board, and played with two long delicate ‘hammers’. Sydney percussionist Peter Jacob and Melbourne pianist Julia Piggin also accompany the choir for the tour.

We asked Mark what the audience can expect at the New Zealand tour concerts? “Passionate singing of wonderful music, with the magic sounds of the hammer dulcimer and some amazing percussion. This concert will appeal to lovers both of folk music and of choral performance.”
Mark and Emma Wilson with the Queenstown Community Choir and Corus Children’s Choir are hosting the concert, and the local choirs will be joining the Australian choir for the final item in the evening as well as adding some of their own special singing.

The concert is on Monday 6 July at 7.30pm at St Andrews Church Stanley Street. Entry is by donation of $10 at the door and school children are free. Email