Sunday, July 13, 2008

Anthems at Carisbrook

The Choir was invited to provide the backing for the singing of the South African and New Zealand national anthems at the rugby test at Carisbrook on Saturday 12 July. Even though only a third of the singers could be accommodated on the field, a recording of the full Choir voice was used on the night.

It was hard work to get the pronunciation of the four foreign South African languages (Xhosa, Zulu, Sesotho and Afrikaans) just right, but we did it!

The weather played along nicely - no rain, snow or gale-force winds - and the choir looked and sounded excellent! Oh, yes, the soloists did a good job too! Claire Barton's voice soared beautifully in the South African national anthem while Peter Chin, Dunedin's esteemed mayor, gave a stirling rendition of the New Zealand national anthem.

We would love to hear from the "Carisbrook Choir" how they enjoyed the gig!


Jonathan said...

I really enjoyed the event! The singing went well & it was a good test match. The pickup by the bus afterwards didn't happen, but the walk back to town was short & pleasant.

daharja said...

I had a great time. It was a lot of fun, and a fantastic event to be a part of that wasn't a standard concert or rehearsal.

Count me in for Dunedin Olympics Two-Thousand-and-Mumble ;-)

loraineot said...

I recorded the game as I was out that night, and thoroughly enjoyed the singing when I played it back - the small choir did us very proud and looked great. Some photos in the ODT too. Loraine

vindalle said...

Carisbrook was FANTASTIC! It was such an awesome experience to be there for a historic game, and to be sitting so close to the pitch! Sucked that the bus didn't turn up, but hey, we had to burn off those hot dogs somehow! Thanks for such an amazing experience :)