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Nor'West News: April 10, 2018

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NOR’WEST NEWS Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday April 10 2018 9 News Retaining top spot aim of chorus • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding A TOP a cappella American coach is helping some of the city’s best barbershop singers win a national competition for the 11th time. Lea Beverley will be working with the Christchurch City Chorus over the next month to help it win the Sweet Adelines New Zealand regional contest in May at Wellington. Already the chorus is one of Australasia’s highest achieving Lea Beverley women’s a cappella choruses having won the national competition 10 times in a row. Beverley arrived in the city last weekend and is touring the country to teach other a cappella singers. “I love New Zealand . . . the people are amazing, the country is beautiful and the singers throughout the country are so devoted to getting better,” Beverley said. She said she will be mostly working on helping the chorus to sing “with a lot of emotion.” “I work on the technical elements like singing the vowels properly . . . consonants and singing all the words together,” she said. As part of its preparations for the competition, the chorus will present concert A Cappella Champions On Show at St Margaret’s College later this month to preview its competition package. The show will be hosted by Beverley. The chorus performed the show to finish fifth in the 2016 Sweet Adelines International Chorus Competition in Las Vegas. “We want to be first one day but we are slowly creeping up,” musical director Virginia Humphrey-Taylor said. She said the chorus got Beverley to help train the new people joining. “New people are always joining the group . . . we want to make sure everybody is trained. We always have new music we have to sing at a high level,” she said. The chorus is hoping to win in Wellington so it can take part in the international competition in New Orleans next year. Humphrey-Taylor said the chorus will be taking on more “show music” this year performing songs including Elton John’s Can You Feel the Love Tonight and Vera Lynn’s A Nightingale FULL VOICE: Virginia Humphrey- Taylor performing with the Christchurch City Chorus. Sang In Berkeley Square. Beverley first came to New Zealand to teach in 2009 and has since judged the regional competition three times. She is classically trained as a pianist, but joined Sweet Adelines 22 years ago. Three of the choruses she runs have won nine regional competitions and placed in the top 10 in the international competition six times. The Christchurch City Chorus will perform A Cappella Champions On Show at the Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margaret’s College on April 21. •To book tickets go to www.ccchorus.co.nz or phone 021976572 Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk Bittersweet win for St Andrew’s big band •From page 1 Mr Ferguson said schools sometimes share musicians to play instruments that they are lacking. “For the first time in the festival’s history, organisers and judges allowed the band director/teacher to Tom Fastier play in place of Tom on the bass,” he said. St Andrew’s also won a combo silver award and a big band gold award. Serge Beaton won the Rodger Fox Trophy for the most outstanding trombonist and Angus Rainey won the Edwina Thorne Trophy for the most outstanding trumpet or flugel. Said competition director Liam Ryan: “We had a record number of registrations – 320 students from 21 secondary schools as far and wide as Christchurch and Wellington. Due to this we added an extra day to cater for the 18 combos and 14 big bands performing.”