It is really special being part of a choir!
Even more so when you get to travel to Wales and represent
New Zealand as a performing choir at the 70th
We made so many memories which will last a
Our choir arrived in
Wales on Sunday 3rd July and by Monday
morning we were on a bus heading to ChirkCastle to perform a 30 minute pop-up concert in a
lovely courtyard where we had an appreciative audience. They particularly
enjoyed “You’ll never Walk Alone” and “Skyfall”
Tuesday and off to Liverpool!IMAGINE singing at the BeatlesExperienceMuseum – ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE and we could certainly feel
that from the audience! It seemed like only YESTERDAY that we were home in
On Wednesday we headed to the ruins of
ConwyCastle and climbed up to a splendid setting for our
concert. It was so memorable singing with people around us and lining the
parapets adding to the atmosphere.
Thursdays pop-up concert was at
PowisCastle in the beautiful Orangerie gardens, with
people being drawn by our singing and joining others already listening. Lovely
surroundings and acoustics drew the best from our choir who lifted their voices
joyfully! “All the Things you are” and “Riversong” were
On Friday our concert in the Daily Mail Theatre
was a great success with the audience gleefully joining in with our Beatles
Friday was a highlight for us all. At
practiced in a local church with three other choirs – from
America, Canada and
Australia to prepare for Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus to
be sung on the grand stage that night.
At we joined the Parade of Nations marching
through the village of Llangollen with thousands of people lining the streets
five deep in places! They cheered as we walked by singing Pokarekare Ana, the
National Anthem and Te Karakihi – complete with actions. This was very exciting
and we were filmed on Welsh TV with Bruce Murray being interviewed as well. 22
countries participated in the Eisteddfod and the colourful costumes, the amazing
singing we heard over the course of the week, especially at the evening concerts
As the grand finale to Friday evening’s concert we
had the joy of singing the Hallelujah Chorus on the main Eisteddfod stage in
front of 4000 people. An amazing experience!
Saturday morning and our final pop up in the Daily
Mail Theatre. Again we had an appreciative audience who rocked out with us as we
performed our Jersey Boys medley.
The fundraising we did before we left
New Zealand enabled the group to visit many wonderful
sights in Wales in addition to the locations where we
The City of Auckland Singers were treated with
respect and wonderful hospitality while in Wales and we were proud to wear our
black New Zealand Polo shirts which were kindly donated by the Thames Music
Group after we performed in Thames in May.
Singing is an art form which needs no translation,
and being among people from other countries who love to sing as much as we do
was an incredibly life-changing experience.
For our final concert this year we plan to go out with a bang on November the 5th – you might even hear the Sky
Fall! We have a couple of crackers in our choir and a few sparklers too! So come
along and guess which ones they are!Put this date in your diary and we will publish further details