Two young New Zealand singers, Charlotte Leigh and Melissa Tsoi, were honoured to be selected for the 2019 Asia Pacific Youth Choir. They recently returned from performances in Hong Kong at the Asia Pacific Choral Summit and share their experiences below.
We feel extremely grateful and fortunate to have been chosen to sing in the 2019 Asia Pacific Youth Choir last month in Hong Kong and Macau. The APYC is composed of forty-two singers from Asia and Pacific nations who come together to sing in a chosen country each year. The tour began on July 17th in Macau where we sang at a music festival alongside musicians from all over the world. We then travelled to Hong Kong for the Asia Pacific Choral Summit where we had our own concert showcasing pieces from many different nations, including New Zealand. One of the pieces in our repertoire was ‘Sunrise at Mangawhai’ composed by David Hamilton and it was a thrill to see David there in the audience. We also sang as part of a conducting competition in which five finalists worked with our choir.
Rehearsing from early morning to late evening, we were constantly learning and improving, as well as getting to know each other well. Since the singers in the Asia Pacific Youth Choir come from many different countries, we also learnt about other cultures, sang in multiple languages, tried different foods and made lifelong friendships! We have come back to New Zealand with great memories and feeling newly inspired!