“The Kids of Note course was such an amazing experience for our daughter and their concert was fantastic – we can’t stop talking about it!” said Alena’s mum.
‘Kids of Note’ was a national children’s choir course for singers aged 9-14 held in Auckland during the July school holidays. The brainchild of artistic director Karen Grylls, the four day course saw young singers receiving coaching in singing, as well as taking part in rehearsals and a variety of musical activities.
Headed by artistic director Karen Grylls and guest conductor Elise Bradley of the Toronto Children’s Chorus, the tutors included Catrin Johnsson, Robert Wiremu, Megan Flint and Vanessa Kay. Sixty singers participated in the national course, coming from Northland, Auckland, Hamilton, Taupo, Whanganui, Hastings, Masterton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
The course culminated in a family concert with the theme ‘Children of the World – earth, sea and sky’ and included David Hamilton’s arrangement of ‘Hine e hine’, a spatial performance of the Canadian First Nations ‘Mi’kmaq Honour Song’, along with songs in German, Spanish and Singlish. “Thank you for putting on such an amazing course and for achieving so very, very much in such a short period. The concert was quite mind blowing. Well done to all who were involved,” said Hannah’s mum.
Kids of Note was held alongside Young Direction, a conference attended by 40 leaders of children’s choirs from around the country. These events were organised by the NZCF Association of Choral Directors (ACD) and the course has laid the foundation for a future national children’s choir.
Grateful thanks to the coordinators Virginia Warbrick and Moira Clarke, as well as the large team of helpers, who ensured the success of this conference.