“Dilworth School is celebrating after senior choir Fortissimo secured a Silver Award and the Auahi Kore Performance Award at The Big Sing Finale in Wellington on Saturday 1 September.
The 32-student choir received the Silver Award for their overall performance and the Auahi Kore Performance Award – Best total performance of a work using Māori text for their rendition of “E Te Atua”. “E Te Atua” was composed by former Dilworth student Hato Paparoa and arranged by former Fortissimo co-director Josh Clark.
Twenty-four choirs from throughout the country took part in the finale of The Big Sing, a national singing competition for secondary schools organised by the New Zealand Choral Federation. The choirs were selected following regional competitions that more than 250 choirs from around New Zealand participated in.
Fortissimo is directed by Dilworth Director of Choral Music Claire Caldwell with the support of vocal consultant James Harrison, who conducted two of the five pieces performed at the finale.
Claire Caldwell says: “This is the third time Fortissimo have received a Silver Award and it really is a remarkable achievement. We were particularly honoured to receive the Auahi Kore Performance Award for performing music composed by a former Dilworth student.
“The boys have worked extremely hard getting ready for The Big Sing over the last few months and we are all very proud of them.”
Head Chorister and Year 13 student Israel Grant says: “Everyone in Fortissimo is passionate about music and it was great to see that come through in the recitals. We were all pleased with what we achieved and to receive the awards that we did was pretty amazing.”
Throughout the three-day finale, Fortissimo presented two recitals. The first included performances of “The Southern Gale” by New Zealand composer Philip Norman, “Beati Mortui” by Mendelssohn and “Come Fly With Me” by Jimmy Van Heusen. While the second recital included performances of “Going up to Glory” by Andre Thomas as well as “E Te Atua”.”