Photo: Robert J Edwards
Enjoy an evening showcasing some of Nelson’s finest singers and musicians.
Whether a cappella harmony, traditional choral or solo, these performers have the passion and dedication that turns talent into excellence.
Welcome to Sounds Excellent 2018!
Nelson Bays Harmony, directed by Kathy Jamieson, has been part of the Nelson music scene for over 20 years. With a focus on performance excellence and a great sense of humour, this wonderful team of women sings four-part a cappella harmonies that are a joy to listen to. The group’s repertoire spans popular songs from the 1920s through to modern pop, moving ballads, and upbeat songs that make you want to dance in the aisles.
Bryce Wastney is one of the region’s finest singer-songwriters. He has performed extensively across NZ and Australia. Inspired by the music of Cat Stevens, Neil Finn and The Beatles, Bryce’s music traverses folk, country, gospel, rock and pop – always soulful whatever the genre. It’s the ideal soundtrack for the traveller and free spirit in us all.
Brooklyn Scott is a 14-year-old singer-songwriter from Garin College. She began her music career in 2015, and since then she’s won both the Novice and the Junior Open Section in the Nelson Sun City Country Music Awards, taken out the Overall Junior section two years running, represented Nelson at the Gold Guitar Awards National Finals, won the solo/duo section of the Nelson Regional Smokefreerockquest twice and placed in the top 10 in NZ in 2017. Her song writing inspiration comes from her personal life. “My ideas come to me like a dream, I love creating music and making something different.”
The Bachelorettes (Joy Lee, Jasmine Jessen and Hannah Johns) are a string trio from Nelson College for Girls. They were Highly Commended in this year’s NZCT Regional Chamber Music Contest. Be prepared to tap your feet along to their rendition of two tango-inspired pieces by Astor Piazzolla.
NCMA Young Voices Choir was set up in November 2017 following a brilliant performance by the original Children’s Choir of Karl Jenkin’s Cantata Memoria. Tutored by Zoe Bennett, the choir currently has 14 singers, from 8 to 13 years old, and performs all types of musical styles from classical to contemporary music, musical theatre, world music and Aotearoa New Zealand repertoire.
Nelson’s oldest world music choir, Mosaic has been bringing a cappella pleasure to audiences for 21 years with their high energy and vibrancy. The choir is directed by Shannel Courtney and has been described as one of Nelson hidden treasures. Their repertoire covers most continents of the world, including songs from the Pacific and a focus on African music with its uplifting harmonies and rhythms. The inspiration that drives Mosaic is the sense of community that singing fosters and the privilege of experiencing the diversity of musical cultures through song.Book Now!