September 1, 2014

2-Day National RSCMNZ Choir School Wellington

The annual RSCMNZ Winter Choir School that used to be held at Masterton has been updated into a 2-day Spring event.

From the 29th to the 30th September the Wellington Branch of the RSCM ran a 2-day choir school for young choristers which attracted 22 singers aged 7 to 14 years.

The course was held at St James’s Anglican Church in Lower Hutt, (near Wellington).

Tutors at the course included Helen Wilberg, Choir Director at St James, Susie Hardie, who has expertise in a wide range of World Music, Rev Alison Stewart, Wellington Branch RSCMNZ Chaplain, Paul Ellis, RSCMNZ President, and Roy Tankersley Wellington Branch RSCMNZ Chairman.

The sight reading award prizes were donated by Anita Banbury, chief examiner for Voice for Life in Australasia. The standard of sight reading amongst those examined was most gratifying.

Though the course was only 2 days in length, tutors were able to process all awards.

Christopher and Mille, Cup winners winners

    Christopher Eldridge (left) winner of the Etherington Cup and
    Mille, winner of the Copperwheat Cup:
    they are both from Napier Cathedral.

Spring School Sight Readers

    Sight reading prize winners: (left)
    Craig Bebbington Intermediate award
    (Hadlow School, Masterton),

    (centre) Zoe Harvey-White Senior award
    (St Pauls Cathedral),
    (right) Angus Smith Junior award
    ( Hadlow School, Masterton)