Singing in spring

After months of hard work on a new programme, Kowhai Singers are counting down to performances of Goodnight Moon, a spring choral concert in mid-November.

The flagship item on the programme is based on an iconic American children’s book from 1947, which is still in print.  

Goodnight Moon is a gentle bedtime story, which has lulled generations of children to sleep.

In the tale, a little bunny is tucked up safely in bed and is getting ready to say goodnight to all the familiar things in his room. Composer Eric Whitacre recently set the story to music.

In addition, the programme will cover a wide range of musical styles, from Renaissance madrigal to modern American with much else in between.

There will be a medley of familiar songs from George and Ira Gershwin and a rendition of Ave Verum by Mozart.

It will be the Kowhai Singers second concert under the leadership of new conductor Amy Cottingham.

Her first outing with the choir was a well-attended and received Autumn Leaves concert in the Warkworth Town Hall last May.

For the first time in its 35-year history, Kowhai Singers will give a concert in the community hall at Leigh on Friday, November 15 at 7.30pm.

On the following night, Saturday, November 16, the performance will be at the Warkworth Town Hall at 7.30pm. Entry is $25 and school children are free. Tickets can be obtained from Briar Rose Flowers, Warkworth, from a choir member or at the door on the night.

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