We received a lovely letter from Matiria Moleni yesterday about her recent successful choir trip. It is always a pleasure to assist our iwi members achieve their ambitions, and to receive an update on how they have done. Take the time to read this lovely letter…
To whom it may concern,
I would like to say a massive thank you for the iwi funding you gave me for my choir trip at the Australian International Music Festival (AIMF) in Sydney (July, 2016).
This was the first time that our choir had ever competed in such a big competition overseas but we managed to receive a Gold Award at this international festival, which was a huge achievement. During the week we performed in a range of venues like St Stephen’s Church, The City Recital Hall and the Town Hall but a big highlight for me was performing as the opening act of the Thursday night concert in the Sydney Opera House.
We performed a wide variety of repertoire at the festival, including ‘E ngā iwi’ as our Māori waiata where I had the opportunity to open with a karanga and lead the choir. It was also nice to being able to bring something from New Zealand to share at this well-renowned international competition.
Our choir was able to meet and work with a whole lot of different people throughout the trip. On the second day we had a workshop with one of the judges who helped us with polishing our pieces. We then combined with the other choirs to learn two songs for the final concert on Saturday night. All the schools came from China, America, Australia and we even had a few groups from New Zealand as well.
These were just a few highlights from my trip but I would just like to say again a huge THANK-YOU for the funding you provided. This trip wouldn’t have been possible without your support. It is very appreciated.
Matiria Moleni (Waikato Diocesan Choir)