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Adelines gather from near and far

Sweet Adelines descend on Auckland

Last updated 05:00 15/04/2014
Sweet Adelines

SWEET SOUND: The Greater Auckland Chorus will be competing at the Sweet Adelines competitions at the Vodafone Events Centre.

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The ultimate feel-good activity - singing - is bringing hundreds of women to South Auckland next month.

Choruses and quartets from throughout the country will compete in the annual Sweet Adelines regional competitions at the Vodafone Events Centre on May 2 and 3.

New Zealand is part of Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide organisation of women singers.

The country's first competition was held in 1984 in Auckland. Now, 21 years later, the city is hosting the event for the ninth time.

South Auckland's own South City Soundz and the Greater Auckland Chorus will compete alongside choruses from Wellington, Palmerston North, New Plymouth, Nelson and Hamilton.

A new 26-member chorus Bella a Cappella from the Bay of Islands will also perform. It received its official charter from Sweet Adelines International in March after four years of planning and rehearsing.

Event organiser Beth Houlbrooke says the annual competition is the highlight of the year for choruses and quartets.

"We all love to sing and perform and our annual competition provides the perfect platform. It's an opportunity to sing for an audience and be judged by some of the best ears and eyes in the Sweet Adelines world."

On the adjudication panel this year are four experienced judges from the United States including Marsha Fulton, a two-time international president of Sweet Adelines International, who will judge the expression category.

Becki Hine, director of Song of Atlanta chorus, a five-time international medal-winning chorus, will judge the showmanship category.

Shirley Kout, who will judge the sound category, has been a regular visitor to New Zealand since 1985 when she brought the Greater Dallas Chorus here.

Completing the line-up is Susan Kedgley who will judge the music category.

Go to sweetadelines.co.nz for more information.

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- Manukau Courier

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