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Wairarapa kids in full voice for 2024

The Wairarapa Kids’ Choir [WKC] is looking forward to another busy year of music, learning and fun, with regular rehearsals back on the schedule from mid-February.

The choir, started by local music teachers Jill Bebbington and Angie Cook in 2018, is ‘non-auditioned’, providing a place for children aged seven years and up to enjoy singing.

“We perform a number of concerts for the public each year and also visit community groups or centres to share our enjoyment of singing to live music,” a choir member’s parent Rachel Machin said.

Last year, the choir helped raise over $500 for Hokai Tahi, a local parent wellbeing and support group in May, performed their first musical, Rats! in September and contributed to a Christmas concert at Cobblestones Museum in Greytown.

A similar programme of events is planned for this year, including a mid-year concert, possibly with another local musical group.

The choir boasts over 20 singers and “the kids just love it”, Machin said. “What’s more, this year, two of our older teenagers are now giving back their time and skills to help the younger children with their singing and have joined the adults on the planning team.”

More voices are always welcome in WKC, Machin said.

“If you would like to look at what we do, you are welcome to visit during the first three weeks of the term before deciding to commit.”

Weekly rehearsals start Friday, February 16, at the Carterton Courthouse at 3.50pm. For more information contact Jill Bebbington via email: [email protected]

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