In July, the NZSSC toured to Asia with two very exciting prospects: firstly, to perform a new David Hamilton commission with two Hong Kong choirs, the Wah Yan College Kowloon Boys Choir, and Cantoria from Hong Kong Baptist University. This was a very special event, attended by David Hamilton in person, jet setting back from Italy to hear his commission!
Their second engagement was as Resident Artist at the Belt and Road World Choir Festival. They performed at the Opening Gala Concert and at two other concerts, and ran a student interactive workshop teaching Pacific music and movements, and a workshop on New Zealand music for festival choir directors. The festival was a perfect fit for the NZSSC – fantastic exposure to choirs from throughout Asian and Europe, and it was also a LOT of fun.
The choir then flew up to Shanghai for what turned out to be an extended trip due to a typhoon and cancelled connecting flights home. But what an amazing city to be stranded in! The choir sang for the NZ Consul General, for a local businessman with strong NZ connections, and at a community concert with many local school choirs, including the Vienna Boys Choir Shanghai Choir. The days waiting for flights home allowed for extra sightseeing in a stunning city to end an unforgettable tour.