Teens strike a thrilling note

01:08, Jun 03 2011
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Waimea College's Camerata perform.
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Trudi Wilson Singers from Nelson College for Girls.
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No Girls Aloud from Marlborough Boys College.
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No Girls Aloud from Marlborough Boys College.
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Suono Bellissimo of Motueka High School.
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Bella Voce of Marlborough Girls' College.
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Collegians from Nelson College perform at The Big Sing.
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Cabaletta from Marlborough Girls' College.
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Stella Collegians from Nelson College and Nelson College for Girls.
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Belle a Cappella from Waimea College conducted by Chris Burcin.
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The Nelson Civic Choir award for the best European composition was given to a member of Belle a Cappella from Waimea College.
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Marlborough Girls College receive The Lyndal Howley award for the best free choice.
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All the contestants on stage sing a massed item at The Big Sing, Nelson Marlborough Region Choral Festival, conducted by Chris Burcin at the Theatre Royal.

Nelson's Theatre Royal came alive with the sounds of 200 of the region's most talented young singers last night.

Nine choirs from schools in Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough each performed three songs to a full and appreciative audience.

Each sung a pre-1930s piece, another from the New Zealand-Pacific region, and a third of their choice.

Nelson regional co-ordinator Hilary Sinclair said the evening was a great way to celebrate the talents of the young musicians.

"They all performed very well. They worked very hard. How could you not organise something like that when 200 kids are such stunning performers?"

The community needed to get behind events like this, so that people could see a positive side of youth, she said.

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Waimea College choir Belle a Cappella received a highly commended award, and a trophy for best European song for their gypsy song, Zigeunerleben (Gypsy Life).

The Stella Collegians, a group made up of Nelson College and Nelson College for Girls singers, won a commended award for their performance.

Other award winners included Marlborough Girls' College choir Bella Voce, who also won a highly commended award, a trophy for best New Zealand song and another for best free choice.

A panel of adjudicators will now decide on which choirs will go on to the national finals, held in Wellington in August.

The Nelson Mail