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Sun 12 Oct 2014, 2:30pm

Where: Waikanae Memorial Hall, 7 Pehi Kupa St, Waikanae, Kapiti Coast

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Public: $30.00
  • WMS Members: $20.00
  • Students under 25: $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply

New Zealand’s leading 8-part a cappella ensemble will be making a welcome return visit to Waikanae on Sunday 12 October.

The Auckland-based choir’s 2010 concert in Waikanae was immensely popular, so their return is eagerly anticipated. The ensemble was formed in 1998 with most of its singers having been members of the New Zealand Youth Choir and Voices New Zealand. Renowned for theatrical presentation and quality singing, this slick vocal group sings in unaccompanied eight-part harmony, presenting entertaining and varied programmes of classical pieces, vocal jazz and well-known folk arrangements. They perform at festivals, concert series and private events all over the North Island. Highlights include appearing with the NZSO in the 2011 Auckland Festival; featuring in a master class with the internationally celebrated vocal ensemble The King’s Singers; and presenting an ANZAC concert series in Auckland and Tauranga featuring music from the two world wars.

Their programme for Waikanae will include music associated with two important anniversaries that fall in 2014. World War 1 began in August 1914 and on October 16, almost exactly 100 years before this concert, the New Zealand Expeditionary Force departed from Wellington for Egypt. To mark that anniversary V8 will perform a number of nostalgic songs from that era. A second contrasting theme for the concert marks 350 years since the birth of William Shakespeare in 1664 and so there will be music from Shakespeare’s time and also music written in modern times on themes from Shakespeare’s plays. As well there will be some of V8’s trademark light-hearted jazzy arrangements in the style of the famed Swingle Singers.

The concert, in the Waikanae Memorial Hall, starts at 2.30pm. Door sales will be available or tickets can be bought at Waikanae New World, Moby Dickens Books in Paraparaumu Beach and at Lush Design Gallery in Raumati. Enquiries are welcome on 04 905 6070 or visit

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