Choir's fine voice wins international acclaim

17:00, Jun 06 2014
Dunstan High School choir Dunstanza
AWARD WINNERS: Members of the Dunstan High School choir Dunstanza giving their winning performance at the Melbourne Eisteddfod.

The Dunstan High School choir Dunstanza has walked away from an international competition laden with awards.

A contingent of 50 students, two teachers and about eight parents headed to Melbourne last weekend to compete at the Melbourne Eisteddfod.

Director John Buchanan said they were thrilled with their results after Thursday's competition.

The full mixed voice choir (female and male) won the secondary schools competition while the senior girls were second in the same competition.

They went on later in the day to win the open grade World Music competition singing Maori songs against adult choirs from Serbia and Samoa.

The final section was the biggest with eight choirs performing, an acapella - or unaccompanied - work.

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Buchanan said Dunstanza was first to perform and at the halfway point in the competition, about 9pm, the junior students headed back to their accommodation after a big day.

"We did some really wonderful singing and thought - let's be happy with what we've done."

However, as the results were read out they were shocked to discover they were second, he said.

Because of the success the group was invited to sing at the Melbourne Arts centre this morning and they would also put together a 25-minute performance for a large concert tonight, the world premier of a work called Street Requiem - about those who had died on the city streets.

The choir arrives home tomorrow.

The Southland Times