South Brighton wins Lions choir

A former Christchurch student, Cheuky Chan, is responsible for bringing the Lions choir to the city.

The Lions Male Voice Choir will perform only once in the South Island leg of their tour – at the South Brighton Voices choir 70th jubilee concert.

The 50-man choir is touring with the Lions team, set to perform at the three test matches and at four concerts in the North Island.

A former Christchurch student, Cheuky Chan, is responsible for bringing the choir to the city.

A concert pianist, she regularly accompanied the South Brighton Voices choir before she moved to Europe to study music, and while in Wales began accompanying the Lions Male Voice Choir.

South Brighton Voices secretary Helen Buxton said Ms Chan contacted them when she heard the choir would be touring New Zealand, and they told her about their 70th jubilee concert.

She put them in touch with the conductor, Ieuan Jones, and they agreed to arrange their trip so they could perform at the concert.

Mrs Buxton said it was very exciting for the Christchurch choir members.

She said the Lions choir planned to perform Hallelujah by Rufus Wainwright as part of the concert, which would also feature a range of pieces from gospel songs to a piece from The Sound of Music.

The concert will be held at The Piano on Wednesday, June 28, from 7.30pm. Tickets are $20, and available by email from liescallander@gmail.com.

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