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When:

Sat 15 Oct 2016, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Sun 16 Oct 2016, 11:00am–12:30pm

Where: St Brigid's Catholic Church, 4 Monmouth St, Feilding, Feilding and District

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission Saturday: $25.00
  • Concession Saturday (Gold/Community Servicescard/Student): $20.00
  • General Admission Sunday: $15.00
  • Concession Sunday (Gold/Community Servicescard/Student): $10.00
  • Family of Four Sunday: $35.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: feildingconcerts

Concert 1: Songs to Satisfy the Heart (7:30pm October 15):
If you would like a relaxing and fun evening, guaranteed to leave you musically satisfied, join Wendy Kale with family and friends at St Brigid's Church on Saturday 15th October, for an evening of delightful song and entertainment.

You will know and love the iconic music that makes up most of the programme but we have also added some unusual flavours in our wide-ranging repertoire. With everything from Bach to The Eagles, we'll be performing some real classics as well as some pieces you may never have heard before. By the end of the evening, we hope to leave you with warm hearts and buoyant spirits. Joining Wendy to entertain you is a golden-voiced tenor, Kevin O'Kane and talented pianist, Sue Alexander.

Special Guests are the wonderful young men from Hato Paora College, who will bring their own magic and charm to the evening.

Concert 2: Sunday Best (11am October 16):
Sunday is a day of rest and celebration, so come and join us (again) at St Brigid's Church on where we present you with a pre-lunch appetiser of our best and favourite music. Life is a box of chocolates and so is our programme. With a little bit of everything delicious on offer, we'll let you choose what we perform.

To add a real freshness to our offering, we've invited St Joseph's School Kapa Haka group to support this concert and we're looking forward to sharing the stage with some future stars in the making.

About the Performers:
Wendy Kale (mezzo-soprano) studied singing in NZ with Rosemary Quinn and Emily Mair and then with Honor Shepherd at the Royal Northern College of Music In Manchester, England where she graduated with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Advanced Performance.

She has been awarded a Moyra Todd Scholarship by the New Zealand Opera Society and has been a semi-finalist in the Mobil Song Quest and Dame Mary Leo singing competitions. Wendy has appeared in numerous operas and enjoys exploring a wide-ranging repertoire, which currently includes Gregorian plainchant, Bach, Mozart and The Eagles.

Wendy was born and grew up in Feilding as a member of the St Brigid's Parish. She attended St Joseph's Primary School and Feilding Agricultural High School.

Kevin O'Kane (tenor) has been involved in a wide range of singing endeavours over the years. Starting with choirs in his home town of Dunedin, he discovered musical theatre and opera when he moved to Palmerston North and then Wellington. He has covered a range of roles in Gilbert and Sullivan and other light opera productions - most recently appearing in "The Merry Widow". He was a regular member of of the New Zealand Opera chorus in Wellington over many years. Kevin has also been involved in church music across all of his adult life - as a soloist, member of ensembles and organising music for special liturgies.

Sue Alexander (pianist) trained in London at The Royal Academy of Music in piano and cello performance and at Ernst Berk Electronic Music Studios in electronic composition. She holds an FTCL and a Bmus from Victoria University of Wellington. Highlights of her long musical career in Britain include singing in Die Fledermaus in Sadlers Wells Opera, playing cello in the Scottish National Orchestra, featuring as a cello soloist in the Andy Stewart Show and singing in the Royal Festival Hall with the London Choral Society. She was in eight Edinburgh Festivals as a piano accompanist, band member and comedian.

In NZ, Sue played keyboard for eighteen years with the NZSO and for the Royal New Zealand Ballet and has worked with operatic soloists including Dame Malvina Major, Grant Dickson, Richard Greager and Glen Winslade. She has composed and directed music for TVNZ programmes, Downstage and Circa Productions and for dance companies. She enjoys improvising for NZ Film Archive showings, theatre sports and contemporary dance and accompanying singers.

Contact: feildingconcerts@gmail.com or 06 323 5194 (Steve).

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