Femme claims bronze at Big Sing finale

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 11:41 01/09/2014
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Taking a breather: Southland Girls’ High School Femme choir relax in Auckland while competing in the Big Sing Finale.

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Southland Girls' High School choir Femme is singing a happy tune after winning a national accolade.

The choir has returned from the Big Sing Finale in Auckland with a bronze award.

Femme was the only Southland group selected to compete at the finale, which showcases the best secondary school choirs.

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Musical director Sarah Rae said it was the first time Femme had made the finale since 2010, and the first time they had returned with an award.

The group had "found out the hard way" that it was a big step up at the finale, so this time around had worked hard to build on their regional performance, Rae said.

"This year, we were determined to prove we had taken what the adjudicators had said at a regional level on board. It was very much about growing and showing that we had done some hard work."

The choir, accompanied by Michael Buick, sang at two recitals before performing at the gala concert, in a packed Auckland Town Hall.

With an audience of about 1400 people, the gala concert was the biggest crowd the choir had performed for, Rae said.

While the whirlwind trip was mostly about the music, it was also a chance for choir members to gain some new life experiences.

Twenty-four choirs, the majority from the North Island, performed at the Big Sing finale.

Choralation, from Westlake Girls' and Boys' high schools, won the top prize at the finale.

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