Marlborough's singing superstars!

Great Messiah promotion

A full-page article in the local paper on 5 December, with the above headline! It's not often we get such great publicity before one of our shows, so well done  to those who organised it. We like Robert's description of living the seasonal 'caviar and Marmite' sort of living of a New Zealand based opera singer. There's nothing like a good dollop of Marmite ...

Photo courtesy Marlborough Express

Well done Iona!

Our youngest choir member, Iona Panoho,  has distinguished herself again, this time with the award of an ARSM (Associate of the Royal Schools of Music) in singing – what's more, with distinction! 

The award is a step beyond Grade 8, and involves putting on a 30-minute recital in up to four different languages, as described below.

Iona was given her certificate by Eileen Guard at a recent practice and received a standing ovation from her fellow choir members. We are all very proud of her.

“ARSM is unique in focusing solely on practical performing skills – nothing more, nothing less. It’s about the art and craft of musical communication through a half-hour programme which you put together according to your own individual musical strengths and enthusiasms. As well as focusing on the playing or singing of your repertoire, ARSM also involves assessment of the performance of your programme as a whole, giving you valuable feedback from two complementary perspectives.”

John Holmes
ABRSM Chief Examiner


carol singing

The Marlborough Singers will be going carol singing on Sunday 15 December.

• 2pm at Springlands Lifestyle Village

•3.30pm Ashwood Park Retirement Village

There will be a practice on 10 December at the Wesley Centre for all those who would like to join in.

two upcoming events

Linkwood Guitar Duo


Beautiful classical guitar at Brayshaw Park, 6pm, Saturday 14 December. Tickets available from Basil Stanton.

Carols Sing-along


Join in some carol singing at the old Tua Marina Church, Brayshaw Park, 4pm, Sunday 15 December.