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Let Mrs Christmas know
By TERRY KARATAU
With just over a month to go ''Mrs
Christmas'' Joeleen Joslin and her
merry helpers are again organising a
Community Christmas Dinner at the
Taihape Area School's hub on
The doors will open at 11.30am with
dinner at 12.30pm.
''Come and enjoy excellent food and
music,'' say the volunteers.
''All you need to bring is a whole lot
of Christmas cheer and a small gift
(around $3 in value) to share.
Just mark it male or female and
Santa will hand them out.''
❚ To get in touch with Mrs Christmas and
let her know of your attendance phone
06 388 1425.
Readers asked to unite
The Taihape Library and Ruapehu
REAP are inviting readers to join the
Good Read Club.
The idea is to get together at the
library on the first Tuesday of every
month to review and discuss books
with each other and with others world-
wide via goodreads.com.
This is an informal gathering to dip
in and out of the group's monthly
meetings as it suits. Each month a new
topic will be introduced as a starting
point. This month it is history with the
objective to read anything with a his-
torical link -- fashion to cookery and
There is a display of books in the
library to help with ideas.
Members of book groups are invited
to use the library for meetings.
Once a network of groups is formed
there will be an audience for a speaker
❚ Give the Taihape Library a call on
06 388 0604.
Presentation: One of the Ohingaiti Kids Hunt organisers Aaron McCann, left, with Mangaweka School pupils and
principal Maryann Roberts.
Young hunters' prize
By TERRY KARATAU
Organisers of the Ohingaiti Kids
Hunt 2011 have closed the books
and shared the profits with the
Mangaweka School and Manga-
The event is a fishing and hunt-
ing competition held for the third
Both groups were presented
with a $1750 cheque by Aaron
McCann last week.
Mangaweka School principal
Maryann Roberts said the cheque
will go to the school's parent group
who provide additional resources
to the pupils throughout the year.
''The kids hunt is certainly a
great event for our area and we
enjoy supporting it . . .'' she said.
Mangaweka Playcentre's Bron-
wyn Robb said they were abso-
lutely blown away.
''It was an amazing opportunity
they gave us to be involved with
the Ohingaiti Kids Hunt.
''We turned up to help at the
weigh-in but everything was done
by Rochelle and Aaron [McCann]
-- it was such a fun day.''
Mrs Robb said the money is
going towards the cost of relining
the inside of the playcentre build-
Musical group delights
Taihape Music Group's last con-
cert for 2011 on November 10 was
a resounding success.
Helen Gordon had organised a
great lineup of local musicians
who provided a variety of vocal
and instrumental items.
Three of Mrs Gordon's pupils
played piano solos; Jeremiah
George's lively La Chasse had a
fox hunting theme. Lauren
Somerville played her three pieces
with sensitivity and ever increas-
ing skill, particularly Telemann's
Fantasia in F. Jonathon George
played three demanding pieces
from memory, including Chopin's
Mazurkas and a fugue by Bach.
His interpretation of Willie Wagg-
lesticks Walkabout was very
Phyllis Leigh, accompanied by
Helen Gordon, played several well
known violin compositions by
Brahms, Handel and Paganini,
with colourful anecdotes to match.
A new member of the Arcadian
Choir, Lisa Williamson (soprano)
sang Memory, from Cats by
Andrew Lloyd Webber, beauti-
fully. Dave Spier (tenor) presented
two songs Wishing You Were
Somehow Here Again and When a
Child is Born, which were popular
Jocelyn Bennett and Christine
Edge played two piano duets with
a dance theme. The jazzy
Jitterbug was very well received
and played with gusto.
Members of the Ukulele Group
-- Annabelle, Colleen, Fergus,
Myra and Ria played a medley of
popular songs with Phyllis Leigh
leading them. This was a popular
Thanks go to Helen Gordon for
her skilful accompaniments, her
teaching successes and her con-
tinued encouragement of all our
local musicians. Margaret Benson
and her committee are to be con-
gratulated on presenting this
St Mary's Church
to host 'Messiah'
Warming up: Arcadian Singers rehearse for the upcoming performance of Messiah
under the baton of Roy Tankersley.
Photo Terry Karatau
Local concert goers will have the
opportunity to hear Handel's Messiah,
the best known and most widely loved
choral work of all time.
In the 18th century, enthusiastic
Handel supporters began promoting
performances of Messiah so much so,
that by the centenary of Handel's
death in 1859, Messiah was performed
by 2765 singers and an orchestra of
The composer himself was involved
in 36 performances in his own life-
The combined forces of Taihape's
Arcadian Singers, directed by Helen
Gordon, and the Schola Sacra Choir
from Whanganui have been rehearsing
the choruses which will be enhanced by
a quartet of international soloists sing-
ing the arias, accompanied by the
Bravo String Quartet from Wellington.
The soloists hail from all parts of
Soprano is Jayne Tankersley from
Hamilton who studied early music in
Boston and is in demand as a soloist
with choirs and ensembles.
The alto solos will be sung by coun-
ter tenor Dean Sky-Lucas who is a lec-
turer and collaborative pianist at the
Auckland School of Music and
performs regularly as a soloist
Tenor John Beaglehole from Wel-
lington is no stranger to these choirs
having performed with them before.
The bass soloist is Chalium Poppy
from Tauranga, recently arrived from
England, who has an expert interest in
early music practices and enjoys a very
multi-faceted career as a singer, organ-
ist, conductor, accompanist, lecturer,
musical commentator, and teacher.
The accompaniment will be aug-
mented by members of the Wanganui
Sinfonietta and two trumpets and tim-
pani. Guest trumpeter is Clyde Dixon
from Wanganui. Kathryn Ennis
provides the organ continuo and Roy
Tankersley, musical director of the
Schola Sacra Choir, will direct the per-
formance from the harpsichord.
The international campaign Sing for
Hospice gatherings usually include
choruses from Messiah and Pacific
Island cultures have adopted the
Hallelujah chorus for competitions and
As with most performances of the
Messiah, cuts are made to keep the
performance a manageable length so
all the popular numbers from the work
The concert is at St Mary's Catholic
Church on Sunday, December 4 at
2pm. Tickets are available from choir
members or at the door.
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