THE role of church choirs and congregational singing will be discussed at a special luncheon in Invercargill next weekend.
The function was a fundraiser for choir gallery strengthening and the installation of the “Blitz” organ at St Mary’s Basilica, organiser Dr Raymond White said.
The guest speaker is University of Otago William Evans Associate Professor in Voice Judy Bellingham.
She was appointed to Member of New Zealand Order of Merit in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to classical singing.
Dr White said Bellingham was an engaging speaker who specialised in all aspects of vocal technique, and was a skilled teacher, examiner and vocal consultant. She was also the soprano soloist with the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament Christchurch Choir and Orchestra on its tour to the Baltic states, Portugal and Spain.
Bellingham said she would speak about the influence of music in her life within the church.
Her father was a clergyman, and this was one of the reasons why she enjoyed the style of music, she said.
“Also some of the greatest music comes from church systems.”
Compered by town crier Lynley McKerrow, the function is being held at the Invercargill Workingmen’s Club on Sunday, September 25, at noon.
The two-course buffet meal costs $45 per person.
Musicians, clergy and church members of all denominations were welcome to attend, he said. To book, phone Dr White, 03 217 5115, by Monday, September 19.
A market day, featuring items such as music, books, produce and home-made items will also be held at the basilica on Saturday, September 24, from 10.30am-1.30pm to raise money for the strengthening work.
To donate or help on the day contact Dr White by tomorrow.