Singers to showcase their talent

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Members of the Foveaux Harmony Chorus practise in Invercargill last week ahead of their Showcase performance at First Church on Sunday.

THE seven finalists vying for this year’s Foveaux Harmony Chorus Scholarship will have their last chance to impress an independent judge at the scholarship Showcaseperformance on Sunday afternoon.

Foveaux Harmony Chorus director Sarah Rae said the performance would feature the whole chorus as well as performances from those hoping to win the scholarship.

Sunday’s performance was also a chance for the chorus to show what they love and do best.

“Which is to sing.”

People who had attended previous performances could expect an element of surprise at this week’s offering, which was more character based and had more of a storyline, she said.

While there would be some old favourites, the chorus would be singing new songs for the first time.

The $1500 scholarship, which was awarded with support from the ILT, was established about 2008 to assist women in their pursuit of music, she said.

Eighteen applicants were initially received for the scholarship.

Each met with three leaders of the chorus and, from that meeting, the seven finalists were chosen, Rae said.

The calibre of the women who were performing was outstanding.

“They bring a lovely dimension with their talent and wonderfulness,” Rae said.

“They just bring a really lovely flavour to the concert as well.”

On Sunday, each finalist would perform and be adjudicated by an independent judge who would assess their singing ability as well as their overall performance.

“When it comes down to it, it’s the communication of the song, it’s the rapport they need with the audience – the connection they make with the audience.”

If they were able to engage with their storytelling through song and touch an audience then that would shine through, Rae said.

The successful applicant would be announced at the performance.

“I don’t think it will be an easy decision,” she said.

“They’re all quite different.

“They all have great strengths in their own genres.”

  • Foveaux Harmony Chorus Showcase, First Presbyterian Church, Tay and Ythan Sts, Sunday, August 1. 3pm. Door sales, adults $15, senior citizens $12, students/children $5, children under-5 free.
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