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Rehearsals underway for Arts Festival dawn chorus

Photo credit: Brydie Photography

Students from ACG Tauranga have been fine-tuning their singing voices in preparation for their part in a dawn chorus to open this year’s Tauranga Arts Festival on 19 October.

The school will perform the waiata ‘Takiri Ko Te Ata’ (Chorus Dawn) with Ria Hall, a celebrated NZ singer, recording artist and presenter.

Composed by Ms Hall and Teraania Ormsby-Teki, both Tauranga locals, the song is an ode to the fairies of Hautere (the bush area behind Pyes Pa) who return to their old friend Mauao every night and depart at dawn.

Next month, Ms Hall will visit the school to lead the choir practice and rehearse the waiata. Several other schools will also take part in rehearsals in ACG Tauranga’s new sports complex in advance of the performance.

Festival Director Jo Bond said: “We loved hearing the Community Choir sing together on the waterfront at the last Festival and are looking forward to hearing its strength and beauty again. We’re thrilled that ACG Tauranga will be rehearsing under Ria’s leadership and can’t wait to hear them open the festival.”

Established in 1999 Tauranga Arts Festival is the city’s flagship arts festival. ACG Tauranga is a silver sponsor.