An intimate light and entertaining soiree is on offer from the Matakantata Choir as they celebrate the awakening of the community and the simple joy of being able to sing again as a group, following Covid restrictions.
They will perform at the Warkworth RSA on Saturday, July 9 at 3pm for an hour, followed by a second concert on Sunday, July 10 at 3pm, also for an hour at the Matakana Hall. Entry by koha.
Matakantata venue organiser Neville Johnson says he appreciates the RSA offering their rooms free of charge to the group as they get back on their feet.
Like many performance groups, they have had their ups and downs as they tried to double guess when they would be able to perform again.
Matakantata conductor Jenny Eirena says it was very hard on the singers as the programme had already been put together in August for Christmas last year when restrictions came in. This saw everyone being given singing “homework” to do twice a week so they would be ready when restrictions were lifted. In October that programme was reduced and then finally cancelled.
The restrictions have also seen a big drop in the number of singing members, down from 40 to just 18.
With this in mind, wanting singers to have a good time and enjoy being together again, the programme for the soiree will not be challenging, but rather light and entertaining, Eirena says. It will be like singing in the living room – cosy and intimate.
Along with the choir, Eirena will also sing, along with a solo from Louisa Perkins. They are also hoping to entice past members back into the fold and attract newcomers.