Cathedral electric during East Coast Big Sing

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Hastings Boys' High School's Dynamic Sounds choir were the joint winners  of the other styles category, winning the Hawke's Bay Secondary Music Teachers Trophy. Photo / Warren Buckland
Hastings Boys' High School's Dynamic Sounds choir were the joint winners of the other styles category, winning the Hawke's Bay Secondary Music Teachers Trophy. Photo / Warren Buckland

Thousands of voices filled the Waiapu Cathedral of St John the Evangelist in Napier, for the end of the Big Sing 2016 Regional Festival.

"It was electric in the cathedral," NZCF The Big Sing East Coast Co-ordinator Glenys Kempshall said. "It was great to see so many teams having so much fun, and enjoying singing."

For years, Napier Boys' High and Napier Girls' High have competed with a mixed choir. Photo / Warren Buckland
For years, Napier Boys' High and Napier Girls' High have competed with a mixed choir. Photo / Warren Buckland

With 32 choirs from 16 secondary schools around the East Coast competing, 1000 students sang at the Waiapau Cathedral of St John the Evangelist in Napier over two nights for the festivals gala performances.

The 2016 NZCF East Coast Winning Choir was awarded to the Woodford House Chapel Choir. Their director Tess Tobin also received an award.

Havelock North High School girls' choir bought in a different sound with their kazoos. Photo / Warren Buckland
Havelock North High School girls' choir bought in a different sound with their kazoos. Photo / Warren Buckland

The Adjudicator's Award went to the 88-person Gisborne Girls High School Choir, while Colla Voce from Havelock North High School, Iona Pure and Ceilidh Choir's from Iona College, Ad Lucem from Napier Girls High School, were also awarded for their choral prowess.

The directors award went to Chris Atkinson from Hastings Girls High School.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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