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 having a study break in 2007 to resume back as co-conductor with Tamsyn Chan from BBI and Kath Pithams from BBPrimary in 2008. From 2010-2012 a new conductor, Melody Casse from Blockhouse Bay Primary co-conducted with Mrs. Sadgrove. Last year (2013) Mrs Sadgrove went back to being sole conductor and will conduct the festival once again this year.
The Bay Schools Festival is currently being held at Blockhouse Bay Intermediate School Hall. It is held in the third term often 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 and Mrs. Park
When: Every Tuesday (lunchtime) Time: 12.00pm-12.45pm
Where: Music Room
Practices at Blockhouse Bay Intermediate: Terms 2 & 3
NB: The choir shares a bus 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 (2014)
Friday 16th May, Friday 23rdMay, Friday 13th June, Friday 27th June, Wednesday 2nd July
Term Three practice, dress rehearsal and evening performance dates at BBI (2014)
Friday 1st August, Friday 8th August, Friday 15th August, Monday 18th August (Dress rehearsal 9:00am-1:00pm) Tuesday 19th August (Performance night 1) Wednesday 20th August (Performance night 2)
NB: All practice times are from 9:30am-11:30am (except for Dress Rehearsal)