Every year, six local schools form a massed choir and perform in the Bay Schools Festival.
These schools include Arahoe Primary, Blockhouse Bay Primary, Blockhouse Bay Intermediate, Chaucer Primary, New Lynn Primary and St. Dominics (Full Primary).
The Festival is a great celebration of music performed by an enthusiastic group of children representing their schools, involved in singing, dancing, and playing instruments.
Mrs Michelle Sadgrove has conducted the Bay Schools Festival Choir since 2002, and in the last 5 years has co-conducted with Tamsyn Chan and Kath Pithams. Last year saw the introduction of a new conductor, Melody Casse who is a teacher at Blockhouse Bay Primary. Melody will be co-conducting the Festival with Michelle again this year in 2012. They make a great team!
The Bay Schools Festival is currently being held at Blockhouse Bay Intermediate School Hall. It is held in the third term in the last week of August. Performance nights are always on Tuesday and Wednesday. (See dates below!)
Mrs. Michelle Sadgrove auditions children for this choir early in Term One every year. Due to the limited space at our performance venue, (Blockhouse Bay Intermediate School Hall) only 30 children can be chosen for this choir. Year 5 & 6 children are given priority when auditioning for this choir so they can have the opportunity to be part of a massed choir before leaving Arahoe School.
Practices at Arahoe School with Mrs. Michelle Sadgrove (Choir Trainer)
When: Every Tuesday (lunchtime) Time: 12.00pm-12.45pm
Where: Music Room
Practices at Blockhouse Bay Intermediate: Terms 2 & 3
NB: The choir buses with New Lynn Primary to BBI in the morning and returns before lunch. These practices are extra. The choir continues practicing at school every Tuesday.
Term Two practice dates at BBI (2012)
Friday 4th May, Friday 18th May, Friday 25th May, Friday 15th June, Wednesday 27th June
Term Three practice, dress rehearsal and evening performance dates at BBI (2012)
Friday 27th July, Friday 10th August, Friday 24th August, Monday 27th August (Dress rehearsal 9:00am-1:00pm) Tuesday 28th August (Performance night 1) Wednesday 29th August (Performance night 2)
NB: All practice times are from 9:30am-11:30am (except for Dress Rehearsal)