No Girls Allowed

19:53, Jun 05 2012
Sound check: Students in Marlborough Boys' College choir No Girls Aloud have their final rehearsal yesterday afternoon for secondary schools choir competition The Big Sing at the Church of the Nativity in Blenheim. Back, from left: Jayden Paul, 17, Michael Ruffer, 17, Andrew MacDonald, 16, Isaac van Velthooven, 15, Piers Dashfield, 17, Carl Connor-McLean, 16, Liam Ashley, 16. Front: Luke Marchant, 13, Hadley Anderson, 16, Max Bicknell, 17, Max Bradfield-Watson, 16, Hugo Smith, 16, Shane McGee, 16, and Hadley Hughes, 15. The Big Sing gala concert starts at 7 o'clock tonight.

Marlborough Boys' College choir No Girls Aloud have been fine-tuning in the lead-up to a sing-off against top secondary school choirs from around Nelson and Marlborough.

The gala concert for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Choir Festival regional competition is on at the Church of Nativity in Blenheim tonight, when audiences will have the chance to hear music spanning several centuries.

Each choir will perform three compositions: 19th century, New Zealand and post-19th century.

Choir director Con O'Brien said he was pleased at how No Girls Aloud were shaping up for their performance. "They're sounding really good, so I'm really pleased with them."

Being an all-boys school, it was generally a bit of a struggle to get a good choir together, he said. All 18 students in this year's choir, most of whom were seniors, auditioned to get into the choir.

The students would sing Lascia ch'io Pianga, Nga Tamatoa, and Bridge Over Troubled Water.


Four of the choir members are part of the school's barbershop quartet, Fella Voce. Years 12 and 13 students Piers Dashfield (bass), Michael Ruffell (tenor), Hadley Anderson (baritone) and Max Bicknell (tenor) attended the Wellington Regional Young Singers in Harmony Competitions in Lower Hutt last week, and have been selected to go to the nationals in Auckland in September.

Marlborough Girls' College choir Bella Voce is also performing tonight. The concert is at 7pm, at the Church of the Nativity, on Alfred St, in Blenheim.

Tickets are $15 from Ken Ham's Music Works, on Scott St.

The Marlborough Express