Singing in a choir is New Zealand’s most popular form of participatory music, thousands of people sing with school, church and social choirs and other groups. Participation works best when there is also excellence, both as a goal and to ensure there are skilled teachers and leaders.
The sponsorship is intended to help Choirs Aotearoa continue to develop excellence for the good of both those singing now and in years to come. The sponsorship announced in June 2012 is for an initial 3 year period, will provide a minimum of $100,000 per year.
Trust chair, Trevor Kempton, said, "This is an extremely significant and timely sponsorship for the organisation which opens the door for an exciting future for the Choir. It will allow opportunities to increase its size and reach, and develop its full potential through performances and recordings. We are very fortunate to have Infratil as a partner and are excited about the future with their backing."
The New Zealand Youth Choir is nationally auditioned with membership open to singers aged between 18 and 25 years. It has achieved outstanding success since its formation in 1979 and is now led by David Squire who recently took over from Choirs Aotearoa’s Artistic Director Karen Grylls.
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