NZCT is a major funder of the New Zealand Youth Choir, which won over the hearts of audiences and judges when achieving a clean sweep in all four categories they competed in, as well as the Grand Prix, at this year’s International Festival of Academic Choirs in Pardubice, Czech Republic.
The choir has been a musical institution since 1979. Arne Herrmann, Chief Executive of the Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand Trust, said, “They’re the All Blacks of young choirs in New Zealand. We audition 18- to 25-year-olds every three years and singers sign on for a three-year term. Alumni include Jonathan Lemalu, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Anna Leese, Sol3 Mio and even TV presenter Hilary Barry. There was a wonderfully nostalgic photo of her in a 1980s choir outfit in the Sunday Star Times.
“NZCT’s funding has helped train over 1000 singers and present New Zealand overseas. It’s also allowed us to commission original Pacific music that gives the choir a distinctive tone, style and depth, which is very apparent when they travel.
“NZCT is the cornerstone of our funding. Without it, we couldn’t deliver what we do.”