The Selwyn Youth Choir perform at various community events throughout the year

Youth choir performing

by Ann van Engelen

The Selwyn Youth Choir have had many experiences this year, and as part of their end of year schedule, will be performing Christmas carols at Westfield Riccarton this coming Sunday from 1pm to 2pm.

“We have had a really successful year with several concerts including one at The Piano and several Selwyn District Council citizenship ceremonies,” says music director Linley Thomas.

“We have a lot of good local talent in our choir, and it is great to see them singing out in the community. The Piano was combined with the Selwyn Community Choir and the Mid Canterbury Choir. We were also part of a combined concert recently at the Transitional Cathedral.

“The Selwyn Youth Choir is not competitive and is age unlimited, with no audition to join. We welcome anyone who wants to sing because the best way to get better at singing is to engage in singing. We are now in our third year, and the more experienced youth help develop the younger singers.

They support the harmonies and role model what is required.” Linley says it is not a pressure-filled environment. Each concert gives experience, and their performances are of a high standard.

“A lot of our team are involved in their school choir or the Christchurch Schools Music Festival Special Choir, which is an honour to be a part of. As the team get older, they can graduate to the Selwyn Community Choir, which has approximately 80 members. We have a hub in Rolleston and Darfield, and we learn together.

“Our team love singing and appreciate any opportunity that we get to showcase our many talented singers. We are wrapping up for the year performing at the Christmas Carols at West Melton as part of the pre-entertainment.”