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2013: ANZAC Reflections

posted 28 Dec 2012, 11:41 by Karsten Benz   [ updated 1 Jan 2015, 12:13 by Cantando Choir ]


 Vaughan WilliamsLet Us Now Praise Famous Men
 BrahmsHow Lovely are Thy Dwellings
 God Defend New Zealand

-- Reading --
 LauridsenSure on This Shining Night
 Piano/flute solo
Rutter (from Requiem)Pie Jesu
 The Lord is My Shepherd
 Lux Aeterna
 -- Reading --
 GilpinThere is a Season
 TilleyIn Flanders Field
 Last Post
 -- Reading --
 ShawA Blessing

Lauren Grout (Bachelor of Music with Honours):

Lauren is a very talented young woman who grew up in Gisborne.   Learning ballet and gymnastics from an early age, she has taken up dancing again and together with her flute playing and performances, is studying for an honours degree.  She has performed often at the Waikato Museum’s monthly ‘Musical Feasts’.

Lauren has been playing the flute since she was nine and attended Gisborne Girls High School. She has performed in competitions all over New Zealand. She was runner up in the Waikato Concerto Competition in 2011 and 2012, won the Orchestral Recital class in the Te Awamutu competitions, won the NZ Woodwind Competition Tertiary Section as well as Best Performance of a New Zealand work. Lauren also became a member of the Golden Key Society; an international honour society committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement and received a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship.

Recently Lauren won all woodwind sections at competitions and is once more a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar.
Cantando Choir are privileged to have Lauren preparing to perform a flute solo at the ANZAC concert. She will be accompanied by well-known pianist Melanie Lina.

Chris Young

Chris Young is in her third year as assistant conductor. She has been a keen singer her whole life and joined choirs wherever she has lived – from Botswana to New Zealand. She has performed as soloist for Cantando in the past and loves to sing with this enthusiastic group of singers of all ages.

She has performed Rutter’s Requiem before, the last time under the baton of John Rutter himself, over 20 years ago and is delighted to have the opportunity to sing selections of this beautiful work once again.

Before joining Cantando, Chris was a member of the hugely successful Baroque choir Armonico Consort in Warwick, England and performed Mozart Requiem with them just days before leaving for New Zealand.

Chris never misses a chance to sing and since arriving in Cambridge in 2009 has sung at events as diverse as Stations of the Cross and the Rugby World Cup Final. She has also dabbled in musical theatre, most recently singing the Rose Seller in Hamilton Operatic’s Oliver! last year. She once even played the role of Mother Superior in The Sound of Music while pregnant!

She is passionate about getting children singing and loves to conduct children’s choirs. She currently has around seventy 9-11 year olds at Leamington School, where they sing songs and chants from around the world, usually involving some movement and always with a big smile, because the most important thing about singing is to enjoy it.

(photo © Brooke Baker)

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