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POPS celebrates 1st birthday

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Fuseworks Media

The Christchurch Pops Choir turns one this week and is celebrating by singing for a gathering of Rapaki Rd residents hard hit by the earthquakes.

The Pops year has consisted of learning repertoire for 10 performances, conducting two rounds of auditions resulting in more than 70 sopranos, altos, tenors and basses getting together weekly to rehearse, and its first mini-tour outside Christchurch.

Next up, the choir has received a special invitation to perform on Saturday, 9 June at a private function for Rapaki Rd residents who are trying to keep a sense of community in stressful times.

"POPS was started because there were limited opportunities for the city's rock, pop,jazz, gospel, folk and musical theatre singers to perform following the earthquakes. We needed to get together for ourselves and to provide musical events for the people of Christchurch," Choir Director Luke Di Somma says.

"We're performers, we needed an outlet for that. And we can well understand the need to keep coming together to reaffirm what's good about our lives now and support each other, which is what the residents of Rapaki Rd are doing," Mr Di Somma says.

With songs from artists such as Adele, Queen, Manhattan Transfer, Hollie Smith, Michael Jackson and Goldenhorse, the Christchurch Pops Choir has been wowing local audiences with its fresh take on choir singing and recently went on the road to perform in support of the Methven Heritage Centre.

"We're hoping we can share a bit of sunshine for these residents in the form of popular music, that's what we're all about. And then we've planned our own event to share a birthday cake and enjoy a bit of a party together, which will no doubt include more singing!" Mr Di Somma says.

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