The Selwyn Community Choir

Comradery through voice

by Ann van Engelen

Selwyn Community Choir is presently preparing for two events, the West Melton School Fete on March 31 and Anzac day.

“We are singing at the dawn parade in Christchurch for Anzac day and at the Rolleston event following that,” said choir committee representative Mel Haskell.

“The choir was established three years by Belinda Cullen-Reid from Darfield as a way to work with like-minded people who wanted to sing in the community. Linley Thomas and her son Caelan now direct the choir as Belinda had to step back due to other commitments. They have continued on in the legacy Belinda created enhancing she all the hard work she put in.”

Caelen recently won the Young Achiever award at the Selwyn Awards for his commitment and involvement in both the choir and Kirwee players.

“We meet in two places at 7.30pm Monday nights at Rolleston Combined Church at Brookside Rd and Tuesday nights at St Joseph’s Parish Hall in Telegraph Rd Darfield. We have approximately 80 members and are growing, with a range of age groups attending from teenagers and members in their 80s.

“It is a great support group, and it is great being in the choir, singing with like-minded people and presenting our talents to the community in various ways. We encourage anyone who is keen to sing to join us as we have a lot of fun and we have a great sense of accomplishment from the variety of music and performance opportunities we have had over the years.”