Wanted: 100 people for choir with a difference

CHOIR LEADER: Gisborne musician Keren Rickard will lead the choir, with husband Scott Rickard providing instrumental support. Photo supplied

VOICES will come together at the Opotiki Senior Citizens’ Hall on May 12, with singers having one hour to practise, produce and record their rendition of the song Tender, by Blur.

Along with the singing, some instruments will join in the melody, with entry for a gold coin.

The “Just One Song” sing-along will be a first for Opotiki and a first for New Zealand, according to organiser Ngaio Knebel.

The movement – based around learning a song in an hour – is popular around the world and aims to bring people together of all singing abilities for an hour, without the expectations that might come with a traditional choir.

“The attraction with this idea is that there is no commitment. There’s no long weekly practices or pressure, it’s just a fun thing,” she said.

Running from 2pm to 3pm, Ms Knebel said they were looking for about 100 or more people to join them in song.

She is calling on musical groups, kapa haka, school and church choir groups, work groups, sports groups, backpackers, kaumatua and everyone who enjoys singing to help make history.

She has enlisted the help of Gisborne musician Keren Rickard for the song arrangement but is looking for a more permanent leader for the choir.

Ms Knebel sees the Just One Song concept being done bi-monthly, but the choir group to meet on a more regular basis.”