Concert a highlight for the South Brighton Choir
The two choirs will be joined by female tap group Molls Dolls at Rawhiti School on Saturday, May 28 at 3 p.m.
South Brighton Voices chair Beth Brixton said it was an exciting opportunity for the choir to perform with a larger group.
“South Brighton Voices are extremely privileged and proud to be invited to join the New Zealand Male Choir,” she said.
South Brighton Voices performed with two similarly sized choirs of 35-40 members, one being the Chillingham Voices of New South Wales on piano.
The choir has been in existence since 1947, when it was founded by the headmaster of South New Brighton School, George Couch.
“The first sessions were held in a school classroom, then later the community hall was built and became the base for the choir until earthquakes deemed the building uninhabitable,” Brixton said.
Following the earthquakes, the choir rented different parish halls and is now based at the New Brighton Union Church.
Brixton said the choir is looking forward to performing again, after having to cancel practices and three fundraising concerts last year.
“We’ve missed singing at SingFest in the city for two years now, which has allowed us to reach a wider audience and learn about other choirs in the city,” Brixton said.
“We can happily now expect to perform three concerts in 2022.”
During the shutdowns, the choir had meetings on Zoom and continued to practice singing with YouTube or other musical instruments.
The choir has members between the ages of 40 and 90 and has recently seen an upsurge in new members.
“We are always open to encouraging new members to come and join our friendly and happy group,” Brixton said.
The concert will take place in the Rawhiti school hall with tickets sold at the door. It’s $20 for an adult ticket, and elementary and high school students are free. Masks must be worn.