Singers hit the big time
An all-female Christchurch singing group has hit the big time, performing on one of music's most famous stages.
The Christchurch City Chorus this month performed seven songs, including Poi e and Hine e Hine, at New York's prestigious Carnegie Hall.
The 30-minute set and 10-minute finale earned the 74-strong group of barbershop singers two standing ovations at the hall, which seats almost 3000 people.
Carnegie Hall is a far cry from their regular Wednesday night practice venue of the Papanui Club.
Each woman had to pay more than $5000 to reach New York and fundraising included selling calendars and cards featuring original artwork by Christchurch painter Gussie Fenton.
The chorus was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall after a top-10 place in the Sweet Adeline International Singing Competition in Canada last year. The Christchurch group is targeting another top finish at the international competition in 2011, in Houston, Texas.