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Outgoing champions to sing as opening act

Aug 9th, 2012 | By | Category: Latest News, News

FORMER Aotea College quartet The Fource will be performing with The Unique Band in Porirua this weekend.  

The four girls will be singing at the Porirua Club to raise funds to return, as special guests, to the Sweet Adelines International barbershop contest later this year.

Tenor singer Knoxana Leasi says they need to raise around $4000 after being invited back to the competition in Denver, Colorado at the end of October.

“It’s really exciting to be going back. We never thought we’d get this far or be asked back.”

Music teacher Marilyn Baigent says the girls have a unique blend of sound and that many American tutors commented on it at last year’s competition.

“The overseas tutors would come up to me and say ‘we have to work so hard to create this blend, this is very special.’”

Although the girls have left college they would return to help ACBC, the Aotea girl’s barbershop chorus, whenever they had a Wednesday morning to spare.

“They are now giving back to students and the community the skills and experiences gathered via the New Zealand schools contest and overseas,” says Mrs Baigent.

Since graduating from Aotea College the girls have performed at a couple of events, but have mostly focused on other things.

Lead singer Olivia Samuel and baritone Georgina Peniamina are working while Miss Leasi and bass Theodora Esera have continued to study music.

Miss Leasi says it’s been hard fitting in quartet practise time and they’ve only managed two or three hours a week.

Vocal coach David Brooks says right now the girls are getting back into gear.

“In two months we’ll be practising two to three days a week,” says Miss Leasi.

Miss Leasi and Miss Esera are studying a Bachelor of music, majoring in jazz performance at the New Zealand School of Music.

They both agree it is difficult finding time to fit in quartet practice while trying to keep on top of school work.

Miss Leasi says “it [university] is a whole new level. You have to earn your way to the top.”

She says that’s how it’s been with The Fource too.

“We pushed ourselves and everyone pushed us to get to where we are.”

The Fource began in 2008 and since then has won the New Zealand high schools female quartet contest three times.

It also won second place at Sweet Adelines International Rising Star contest for under-25s in 2010 as well as first place in last year’s contest.

Miss Esera says “enjoying what we do together and our passion for barbershop” is the bond between the girls that kept them together after finishing school.

The Dance with The Fource concert will be on Saturday August 11at 7.30 pm at the Porirua Club. Entry is $15 and includes a raffle ticket.

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