Silver Award for Fortissimo

Congratulations to our senior choir Fortissimo, who were awarded a Silver Award at The Big Sing Finale in Dunedin earlier this month.

Fortissimo were one of only 24 choirs selected from nearly 300 New Zealand schools who attended the regional competitions, which were held earlier this year. 

At the finale, Fortissimo performed two recitals. The programme opened with an energetic Spanish piece with clapping and Paso Doble dance moves called Ritmo. This was followed by a beautiful still piece in Latin entitled Lux Arumque, a challenging piece with eight parts. Lastly, was a Pasifika Medley arranged by Head Chorister Etuate Lutui.

The second recital consisted of two pieces, a German art song Grab und Mond, and the jazz standard, Georgia on my Mind. The huge effort the 24 boys put into rehearsals and preparation paid off with a Silver Award.

A crowd favourite, the group received a standing ovation again at the finale and captured the attention of compere Hilary Barry, who requested they come backstage to meet her and film a short clip for Seven Sharp.

Choir Directors Claire Caldwell and James Harrison were thrilled with the work ethic and dedication of the boys, this year making the decision to reduce the size of the choir and demand a much higher level of musical ability.

Ms Caldwell says: “Their pieces were challenging as there were three with movement and the repertoire included seven languages.

“Although Dilworth boys are gifted with natural singing ability, this year proved that they also compete with other national choirs on a technical level of skill, making this Silver Award all the more special."

Dilworth Headmaster Dan Reddiex says: “I was privileged to journey with the choir to The Big Sing.  They were wonderful ambassadors for the School and they performed superbly.  I could not have been more proud. ”

September 17, 2019