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Variety Concert in Aid of Cancer Society' s Domain Lodge






A large audience warmly appreciated the bi-annual Opera North Variety Concert in aid of the Cancer Society's Domain Lodge in Auckland, held in the Bougainville Theatre Whangarei on Sunday 13th October 2019.

Formerly, this October concert was a Showcase of the late Joan Kennaway's pupils, aimed at giving members of Opera North the opportunity to entertain the public with songs and items somewhat different to those included in Opera in the Garden. Now that some of  Joan's former pupils are singing teachers in their own right, it was decided to incorporate the Showcase element of their pupils into the bi-annual variety concerts Opera North arranges for the benefit of the Cancer Society and Hospice, year about.


A wide variety of items were performed by the Opera North Chorus, including a Gershwin 'Swing Set' Medley, the more unusual (for Opera North) traditional songs "I Am Not Yours", "Down to the River to Pray" & "Oh Happy Day" and finishing with the triumphant "Rhythm of Life" medley. Emma Couper, a former pupil of Joan Kennaway, very ably conducted the Opera North Chorus.

Opera North members who had recently done well at the Northland Performing Arts Vocal Competitions, added several enjoyable items. The audience especially enjoyed the humorous "Taylor the Latte Boy" performed by Caitlin Morris and the Rebuttal to that  performed by Samuel Parry. The very talented group Brioso Corde performed to great delight, Mirabella Uphof performed a piano solo, several young groups sang and the new local choir Charismata Singers, gave their debut performance.

Craig Robertson was a most entertaining compere and the performers were ably assisted by accompanists, Grant Smith, Roger McLean, Clare Henderson, Mirabella Uphof & Kathy Teinaki. Margie Matthews did a sterling job as Stage Manager.

All in all a most enjoyable concert for a very worthy cause.

All the photos used on this page are by kind courtesy of Tracey Morris Photography.


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