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The choir has attracted about 100 people in previous years

Encore for Wellsford community singing series The Wellsford Local Vocals Choir singing series, which attracted about 100 people last year, is back on August 30. Participants will get together for a two-hour session every Sunday for 11 weeks, culminating in a public concert on November 7. The project has been going for four years, hosted by Auckland-based choir master Max Maxwell. This year’s theme is Modern Classics. The programme draws people of all ages, abilities and experience from Matakana, Leigh, Warkworth, Wellsford, Kaipara Flats, Kaiwaka, and Mangawhai. Choir president Sally Randall says it is about helping more people find their voice. “We want to strengthen our

community’s spirit and inspire as many people as we can with our love of singing and its benefits.” It will be the last series with Max Maxwell. Next year the choir will meet weekly on Thursday evenings during the school term. “Our song-leader next year will be Helen Diaz, who will also run a couple of the Sunday sessions in the upcoming series.” The group has been holding song leader workshops over the last couple of months for members. The aim is to encourage participation in leading and teaching songs, under the experienced tutorship of Max and Helen. “We will include some of these songs in our series, and hopefully in the concert too, giving our new songleaders valuable experience,” Sally says.

Local Vocals Choir member Jill Jackson coaches singers in a leadership workshop.

Max will again be offering ukulele classes which will run before the choir sessions. Contact Max directly at www.singforjoy.org.nz. The project is funded by Auckland Creative Communities and

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