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By Sophie Cornish A FEEL-GOOD pop choir that emerged after the earthquakes is now going international. Fifty members from the Christchurch Pops Choir will perform in Hanian, China, at the Hanian (21st Century Maritime Silk Road) Choir Festival. The choir was invited to perform as a guest act at the opening ceremony to be held on Saturday. The event is held every two years and more than 300 choirs will compete in China. Christchurch Airport is the main sponsor of the choir. In 2015, when Christchurch Airport celebrated its new service with China Southern Airlines – a direct connection flight between mainland China and
the South Island – the choir performed to passengers and officials after the first flight landed in Christchurch. A gala dinner followed with VIP guests from New Zealand and China at which the choir performed a song in mandarin, which was met with applause and cheers from guests. “The Chinese guests were overwhelmed
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and thrilled,” said Christchurch Airport spokeswoman Yvonne Densem. The choir was then recommended by China Southern Airlines to the festival’s officials and it was suggested they be invited to perform as a guest. The choir was established by founding director,
Luke Di Somma, when there was a lack of performance opportunities for local singers after the quakes. His aim was to bring joy to the people of Christchurch. “It was simply a way to support one another, make joyous music and have a place to sing each week as we all started to recover,” said current director Ravil Atlas. The choir sings ‘popular’ songs with the goal of raising the spirits of members and the people of Canterbury. A wide range of genres are covered, such as pop, rock, jazz, musical theatre, swing and soul.
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