Vocal cords will be stretched for two Taranaki youths when they head to Southeast Asia for an international choir festival.
Lydia Weir, of Hawera High School, and Kate McDonald, of New Plymouth Girls' High School, are heading to Singapore and Malaysia over the school holidays to take part in the Orientale Concentus Festival in Singapore, which attracts around 2000 singers from 50 choirs.
The trip is part of the New Zealand Secondary Schools' Choir's 2014 international tour itinerary.
NZSSC selects it 60-strong choir members through auditions and members stay with them for a two-year cycle.
This will be Lydia's first time to both Singapore and Malaysia and she was excited at the prospect of learning more about its culture and customs.
The group will also be performing at Singapore's Concert in The Dark, which was believed to be the only concert in Southeast Asia to be held in "complete darkness" so guests can enjoy the music in a "meaningful setting".
Lydia has been singing since she was three and said she enjoys it because it gives her the chance to "really express" herself.
- Taranaki Daily News
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