The North Shore Children’s Choir was formed in 2001 by Vanessa Kay and has been one of the top children’s choirs in Auckland for the past 16 years. The choir regularly performs on the North Shore for community events, as well as their own concerts, and is one of the four choirs run by charity organisation, North Shore Youth Music.
One of the North Shore Children’s Choirs most high profile performances was for the soundtrack of the Disney movie, Lilo and Stitch in 2002. This involved music producers flying over from the United States to record the choir here in Auckland. The choir also sang at the premiere of the movie when it was released here in New Zealand. The choir sings at many community events throughout the year including performances at retirement villages and as the guest choir for various Carols by Candlelight and Christmas carnivals. Other notable performances have been singing with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra at two of their education series concerts in 2015. The choir are looking forward to singing again with the orchestra at the beginning of next year.
In 2010, the choir started their annual tours which would take them to a different New Zealand city or town each year. They have since performed in Hamilton, Tauranga, Taupo, Cambridge, Kerikeri, Whangarei, Rotorua and Wellington. This year will see them returning to Hamilton to perform at the Gallagher Concert Chamber later this year.
Rehearsals are taken by the musical director, Mrs Vanessa Kay, every Wednesday 5pm – 6.15pm at St Peters Church in Killarney St, Takapuna. These rehearsals are often broken down into intensive sectionals, voice matching, singing techniques, breathing techniques, sightsinging, basic musical knowledge and ensemble awareness. With Vanessa”s knowledge of teaching and music, she combines all these skills into a fun and enjoyable atmosphere.
Fees for the Children’s Choir are as follows:
$300 for the whole year ($75 a term).