Busman's holiday?


Some singers just can't get enough!  Some of our choir members will be having singing holidays.

Rien Wagenvoort, Natalia Shabanava, Ian and Elaine Blair are all off to New York to sing with Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) as it marks the 20th Anniversary of 'The Armed Man, A Mass For Peace' by Sir Karl Jenkins. The massed choir features ensembles from all round the world and our four will be joining  Vox Kiwiana for the occasion, an ad hoc choir assembled from singers from Wellington, Nelson and Blenheim and organised by Nelson's Wim Oosterhoff.

You can read more about it here: https://www.dciny.org/concerts/the-music-of-karl-jenkins-a-concert-for-peace/

We are expecting full reports from Rien, Kevin and the others when they return!


Kevin Murphy and others will be closer to home at the Teapot Valley Summer School, out of Nelson. They describe themselves this way:

Up to 90 choristers get together every January to work with a wonderful international choral conductor to make beautiful music in a beautiful setting. Individual coaching sessions from a highly qualified teacher are an option for all choristers at no extra charge. For nine days we enjoy great company, copious food and have fun making other music in small groups or just lazing about in one of the most stunning parts of New Zealand.

See Elaine's description at SINGING AT TEAPOT VALLEY



Marlborough's singing superstars!


We featured in 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.  More was to come, with the review of our performance saying the '... ASB Theatre was lit up with a choir of angels, aka the Marlborough Singers ... worthy of the standing ovation they got at the end of the concert.'

Let's hope we can rise to even greater heights in 2020. Happy New Year everyone.

Carol singing


A group from the choir went carol singing before Christmas, visiting the Springlands Lifestyle Village (above) and Ashwood Park Retirement Village.

Some of the singers stopping off between gigs for a well-earned, festive glass of Pimms.

Some of the singers stopping off between gigs for a 

well-earned, festive glass of Pimms.

Gwenette provided the accompaniment and Rien, with Robert, one of the two lone male voices.

Gwenette provided the accompaniment and Rien, with Robert, 

one of the two lone male voices.

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