Fortissimo success at The Big Sing!

June 15, 2018

Dilworth senior choir Fortissimo won three significant awards at The Big Sing Auckland regional competition this week.

The 32-student choir was awarded Best Festival Recital Programme by a Male Choir and were Runner Up for Most Outstanding Performance of a Single Work for their rendition of “Come Fly with Me”.

They also won the Ministry for Youth Development’s Young Ambassador’s Award for the choir that embodies the spirit of leadership, community engagement and the spirit of the festival.

Conductor and Dilworth Director of Choral Music Claire Caldwell says: “More than 70 choirs competed in the Big Sing from around the Auckland region so to have won these awards among so many amazing performances really is an outstanding achievement.

“Fortissimo worked really hard choreographing the work and practising so it’s wonderful to see this recognised. The boys should be extremely proud of themselves as we all are here at Dilworth.

“Our thanks as well go to our Vocal Tutor and Assistant Conductor James Harrison, Lisa Lorrell for her assistance with the choreography, and drummer Chris Dawson who all helped the choir prepare for The Big Sing.”

Head Chorister Israel Grant says: “I am so proud of how hard the boys worked, giving up some of their valuable holiday time with their families to go on two camps, and rehearsing twice a week. The bond we have formed shows in our music and these are memories we will cherish long after we leave the green gates of Dilworth.”

The Big Sing is a national secondary school singing competition that has more than 10,000 young people from 250 schools across New Zealand taking part.

As well as “Come Fly with Me”, Fortissimo also performed “Beati Mortui” by Mendelssohn and “Southern Gale” by New Zealand composer Philip Norman.

Year 10 choir Tenuso attended The Big Sing too, performing "Panis Angelicus" and "Tofa my Feleni" at the competition. The choir were conducted by Ben Jennings-Sio, a Year 11 student from Fortissimo.

Following The Big Sing regional competitions, 24 choirs will be selected to participate in the National Finale and compete for bronze, silver, gold and platinum awards.