Teens hit the right note for competition

Last updated 14:18 24/05/2012
Kapiti music groups

High note: Kapiti College music groups will make a noise in a joined concert on Monday, to rehearse for multiple competitions happening next month. Back from left: Chelsea Brown-Bayliss, Tara Mackle, Trent Taylor, Sally Brady, Becci Luke and Jessie King. Front from left: Rio Sakata, Rongo Keane and Shannon Barclay.

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With a choral festival, barbershop finals and chamber music competition coming up in the next three weeks, Kapiti College musicians are holding an open rehearsal for the public tonight.

The concert will feature pieces from the school's jazz choir, the choir performing in the Wellington secondary school's annual Choral Festival on June 6 and the choir going to America for the World Choir games in July.

There will also be performances by students competing in the Wellington Secondary Schools Chamber Music Competition on June 14.

The students' barbershop groups, including the boys and girls' quartets and chorus groups, will compete in the Wellington Young Singers in Harmony barbershop convention on May 30.

College arts co-ordinator Margaret Jackson said it was a busy time with so many competitions happening simultaneously.

"It's really just an opportunity for the parents to see the kids performing, and the kids to have a rehearsal before the competition."

Year 13 student Sally Brady, 17, is in the World Choir Games choir, barbershop and the jazz choir and is also competing in the Big Sing Chorale festival in two weeks.

"We're hoping to go to the nationals for the third year [and] in a month we're going to America," she said.

They have been rehearsing and fundraising for the past year.

"It's just kind of cool after all this hard work we're finally getting a reward of going and competing and the experience."

Last year the choir came third in the regional competition and fifth at the nationals for the Big Sing competition.

Most of the members have been singing for three years or more and "sound like one person", she said.

Head boy Trent Taylor, 18 will be performing with the boys' chorus and the boys' quartet in the barbershop competition.

In his last year at the college, he hopes the group, Yours Truly, will do well.

"It's pretty extreme going up on stage with only four people when you're performing in front of thousands of people."

Sally said the performance on Monday will be a chance to see other groups progress.

"We have our own individual rehearsals at different times so we haven't really heard how other people's rehearsals sound."

Jessie King, 15, is in the barbershop quartet and two chamber groups.

"I'm looking forward to [the competition] this year because the groups are all original and the pieces are quite unusual.

"One of them we've got a trombone with a string quartet."

Monday's concert, at 7pm in the Kapiti College hall, is open to the public.

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