Belle a Cappella Choir

Waimea College, Nelson, New Zealand

About Belle a Cappella

Belle a Cappella, or Bella, was formed in 2005 from members of the concert choir, Camerata, who wanted a more focused, a cappella musical experience.Belle a Cappella 2007

Bella received its first accolade at the Big Sing Nelson/ Marlborough Regionals 2005 receiving the Adjudicator’s Award for potential. At the Big Sing National Finale in 2006, where Bella delivered memorable performances at the Auckland Town Hall and art gallery, it received the Youth Ambassador’s Award for best embodying the spirit of the festival. 2007 and 2008 saw the choir receive Silver and Bronze Awards at the Big Sing National Finales in Christchurch and Wellington

Most recently, Belle a Cappella was Highly Commended and awarded for their Best European Composition performance at The Big SingTasman/ Nelson/ Marlborough Region.

“Zigeunerleben” performed by Belle a Cappella

The choir discovered its unique character through the Nouveau Design Awards. Bella first performed at the art-cum-fashion show in 2006 with the Split Enz song, Six Months in a Leaky Boat , Belle a Cappella 2007 then followed up with Crowded House’s Weather With You in 2007, each time opening up the Aotearoa section of the show.

Bella members, and Bella’s conductor, have been involved in all three national choirs New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir, New Zealand Youth Choir and Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir

Bella was recorded for TV One’s Praise Be in 2008, and has been heard on Radio New Zealand Concert, at the opening service of the Nelson Arts Festival, performed with the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir , recorded 2 CDs and took its first overseas tour to the Bonyi International Youth Music Festival in Brisbane, Australia in July 2007.

Bella performs regularly throughout the Nelson region. Contact Us to request a performance for your event.

Waimea College students interested in auditioning for Bella can learn more about the audition process here . . . >

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