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Manawatu-Whanganui’s AGM report

NZCF Manawatu-Whanganui’s AGM attracted the majority of the 46 singers and administrators that participated in the Region’s Annual workshop held in Marton on Saturday 18 May.

During the formal business which included adopting Chairman Roy Tankersley’s Annual Report and financial reports, the following were elected as the Regional Committee for 2019-20:

2019-20 Regional Committee:
Stanley Barnes, Guy Donaldson, Carrol Donoghue, Anne Marie Gray, Barbara Mc Cullough, Faye Roberts, Stephen Rowley, Roy Tankersley, Gillian White.

Louisa Craig, Joanna Love, and Margaret Thompson, previous committee members, did not seek re-election and were thanked for their services.  Special mention was made of the work of Joanna Love who relinquished the role of Regional Secretary.

In a subsequent committee meeting , Executive positions were filled – Roy Tankersley (Chair), Guy Donaldson (Secretary), Stanley Barnes (Treasurer)

Choir activities – reports from AGM
As is customary at the Region’s AGM, representatives of choirs reported on their recent activities and planned upcoming concerts, as noted:

Wanganui Male Choir – Tony Ross – recent successful events. Combined concert in Wanganui with NZ Male Choir coming up on July 14, with a December 1 concert to follow. On August 10 the Choir will sing in New Plymouth in a combined concert with the Taranaki Male Choir.

All Saints’ Choir – Stanley Barnes – The Choir has about 25-30 singers and meet on Thursdays to prepare music for the weekly 5pm service. Singers are expected to be able to have the sight-singing skills to be able to sing a wide range of church music well with a minimum of practice, includinga capella and music from Latin texts.

Camerata – Beverley Waugh – All Saints’ Choir combined with them for Good Friday service held in St Peter’s Church.  Camerata sings at a number of venues in P.N particularly during the Christmas period. In addition they do ‘random’ concerts and other interesting projects. The Choir is organizing the Molly Atkinson Festival this year to be held in Palmerston North on June 5.

Lyric Singers – Anne Marie Gray. The Choir has a 46 years’ history. It is conducted by Joana Love and its concerts involve young musicians wherever possible as guest artists.   The Choir’s programme includes performances at the Broadway Rest Home on June 8 and its next major concert is on 22 June.  There will be a Christmas programme on December 23.

Wanganui Community Choir – Gillian White –  There is a theme of collaboration in this year’s programme  with collaborations with the Male Voice Choir for the Anzac Ceremony, the anniversary of the Armistice, and the Masters Games. The next concert will have a theme of shows through the decades. The Choir this year celebrates the10th year of Lynn Whiteside’s appointment as director.

Arcadian Singers (Taihape) – Helen Gordon.  A recent concert had a focus on New Zealand works including two pieces by David Hamilton, and included a group of girls who joined the Choir for one number. Their next concert will include numbers from Les Miserables and Porgy and Bess.

Renaissance Singers – Carrol Donoghue spoke of the retirement of Guy Donaldson at the end of 2018 and a subsequent change of directorship, with Christine Archer-Lockwood as the new director.  The upcoming concert on June 9, titled “Danza”, will feature challenging but rewarding choral works inspired by dance.

Manawatu Overtones – Faye Roberts – The A Capella barbershop style group, meets weekly on Tuesday nights.  It has had two successful drives for new members.  Members are also involved with other barbershop choirs etc. The members are rehearsing for a concert at 2pm on 7 July in the Wallace Development Theatre (formerly the PNCE auditorium).   A clash of dates with a performance in Palmerston North of the Toronto Children’s choir, is unfortunately unavoidable as the Overtone’s concert Involves combined concerts with Taranaki and Wellington groups and dates were set before the announcement of the visit of the Canadian choir.

PN Choral Society – Carrol Donoghue – centennial year Concert on July 6 includes    commissioned work from Graham Parsons.   Handel’s Messiah is to be presented at the Regent on Broadway, PN on 30 November with the Manawatu Sinfonia providing orchestral accompaniment.  A celebration dinner will be held in August.

Schola Sacra – Pat Reu . Roy Tankersley retired as music director at the end of 2018 and IainTetley is his successor.  Iain inherited the planned programme for 2019. There are currently 34 members including three foundation members.  There was a fundraising concert in February at the Sarjeant Gallery. The next concert is on July 6 at the Heritage House which will include the Vivaldi Gloria plus some Verdi. The Choir will be guest choir at the NZ Organist Congress church service at Christ Church, Wanganui on 2 June.

Unity Singers – not present at AGM, but Stanley Barnes noted the choir has a concert in the Regent Theatre, PN,  (free admission) on 9 June, at 1.30pm celebrating 50 years.

Manawatunes Barbershop Chorus, representative not present, but there was earlier notification of a Concert in the Speirs Centre, P.N Boys’ High School, on Sunday 23 June at 2.00pm.  The theme ‘Pitch n. Time’ will feature Cantatrices choir from PN Girls’ High School, Shree Dance Academy, and event singer Tammy, along with Barbershop Quartets and of course the Manawatunes Chorus.

WSCM 2020
John Rosser presented a video presentation and an introduction to the International World Symposium of Choral Music (WSCM 2020) to be held in Auckland from 11-18 July, 2020 encouraging people to attend. This was well received by those present.    First substantial early-bird registration discount closes 31 July, 2019.  Lesser discounts for later registrations. (Refer to www.wscm2020.com for full details).

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