The Wellsford Local Vocals choir says it has grown to the point where it can now help to support community events and fundraisers with performances.
Song leader Helen Diaz says after five years, the choir has now grown to be a competent body of
confident singers and is open to invitation from the community for events.
The choir began its year with a performance of a four-song set at the Waitangi Day commemoration at the Te Hana Te Ao Marama Maori Culture Centre.
Last year, the group received funding from Foundation North and Pub Charities to hold a Christmas concert and dinner attended by 150 in the Wellsford Community Centre.
President Anna Pendred says the group has grown to 35 members but has ambitions to be much larger.
The choir has begun its first term for the year and is inviting new members to join the chorus.
“The choir creates social connection among people who would otherwise just walk past each other on the street. For many members, it’s the highlight of their week,” Anna says.
“There is something originally human and powerful about raising your voices together.”
There are no auditions, experience requirements or age restrictions for joining.
The theme for this year is songs from around the world, possibly starting with Croatian folk songs.
It costs $60 to $80 to join per 10-week term, depending on what new members feel comfortable contributing. Contact email@example.com or Local Vocals Choir on Facebook.