The Kahukura Music Festival is an annual event that takes place over two nights at The Aurora Centre, Burnside High School. The festival features all seven schools from the Kahukura Cluster. Students and teachers work together to learn, rehearse and perform nine massed choir items alongside individual school performances.
This year, CSIS was represented through the 125-strong Choir, CSIS Jazz Band, and the Girls' Hip Hop Crew. We also participated in performances by the Kahukura Junior Orchestra, Kahukura Chorale, a specially-formed horn section and Ukulele and Guitar Ensemble.
This year's theme, manaakitanga (the act of showing respect and support for others) was brought out through massed choir items that ranged from upbeat numbers such as 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' through to more choral items such as 'Adiemus' by Karl Jenkins and the beautiful waiata, 'E Minaka Ana'. CSIS Choir performed 'Refuge' by Howard Goodall and a show-stopping version of 'Bicycle Race' by Freddie Mercury. The audience loved the talented unicyclists that raced across the stage. Well done Oliver Chinn and Tommaso Zamperini! Meanwhile, the Girls' Hip Hop Crew raised the roof and took the classic 'Long Train Runnin' to the next level.
CSIS Jazz Band gave rousing performances of 'Louie, Louie' and 'Tequila'. Well done to Charlotte Borcoskie, Jonet MacKay, George Gibbs and Moss Turner, who all performed solos on their instruments. Many of the Jazz Band instrumentalists also formed part of the 'horn section', which accompanied two massed choir items. These students did exceptionally well, especially bearing in mind some extremely anti-social key signatures (5 sharps and, later on, 6 flats!).
CSIS also contributed many soloists, including Lucy Baker, Muiz Ipsou, Lucy Hudson Vink, Nevaeh Swan, Vincent Aydon, Jade Hart-Hobman, Tiaki Loper and Kiera Phillips. What talented students we have at CSIS!
The spirit of manaakitanga was felt across the entire evening, with a wonderfully supportive audience and a true sense of camaraderie shown by all staff and students of the cluster. What a stunning, professional and exciting festival; we can't wait til next year!