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While Bella’s founding conductor, Chris Burcin, is on leave for the year Belle a Cappella will be under the experienced leadership of the distinguished Alan K Gray.
Mr. Gray is currently Musical Director at Nelson’s Christchurch Cathedral where he conducts the Cathedral Choir. He also founded and directs Chroma Choir, a 24-voice adult choir with a particular emphasis on 16th-century polyphony and contemporary compositions.
He has conducted a large variety of choirs of all ages and, in his previous life in the UK, was Head of Music & Performing Arts at a large comprehensive school for 25 years.
Bella and Waimea College are fortunate to have his expertise and passion for the year. Learn a bit more about Alan from this Nelson Mail article.
WORKSHOP WITH NZ YOUTH CHOIR
Teapot Valley Camp
Sat 3 Sept 2011 10.30-12.30pm
Bella was afforded the privilege of a special workshop with the New Zealand Youth Choir when they visit Nelson in Sept.
Guest conductor, David Squire, led the workshop where Bella was afforded the chance to sing amongst the youth choir, as well as get some advice on vocal technique from Morag Atchison. . . . Read more . . . >
Belle a Cappella was Highly Commended and awarded for their Best European Composition performance at The 2011 Big Sing Nelson/ Marlborough Regionals.
“Zigeunerleben” performed by Belle a Cappella
The choir’s crisp German diction and emotive performance of Schumann’s “Zigeunerleben” won them the category award.
Hear all three pieces Bella performed at the competition on the Videos & Mp3s page.
Awards for Best New Zealand piece and Best Own Choice categories went to Bella Voce of Marlborough Girls’ College, also Highly Commended choir at the festival.
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