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Vocal Freedom Workshop – Improv Fun POSTPONED

by Grum Frith
Vocal Freedom Workshop – Improv Fun POSTPONED

Vocal Freedom Workshop Options

What leads to feeling free as a vocalist?

Letting go and playing – Learning specific ways to improve your sound?

Choose the workshop that suits you.


Improv Fun – Playshop with Choir Director & Festival Co-ordinator – Jillie Toogood 

Let go of all the rules and find your inner doo wop!

In this playshop we will explore the creative aspects of improvisation and how this can free up your voice and your choir. Everybody can take part – if you don’t want to doo… you can always wop! If you are a budding soloist or a much needed back-up singer – this playshop is for you. No experience needed.


Jillie has been leading groups for over twelve years and has been involved in weekly improvisation playshops, performance choirs and choirs just for fun. She has also taken a support role in a singing program offered at the Christchurch Women’s Prison.

As a member of the English based, Natural Voice Network, she believes that it is everybody’s birthright to sing. Her love of improvisation has been her long-time passion and she loves to share this ‘playtime’ with others.

Her favourite quote:

Use what talents you possess, the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best”

“Henry Van Dyke


Ticket price: $35

Tickets available via Eventbrite

Vocal Freedom Workshop – Enhance your Singing POSTPONED

by Grum Frith
Vocal Freedom Workshop – Enhance your Singing POSTPONED

Vocal Freedom Workshop Options

What leads to feeling free as a vocalist?

Letting go and playing – Learning specific ways to improve your sound?

Choose the workshop that suits you.


Discover ways to free the quality of your singing and enhance your experience.

Packed with information and vocal techniques to enhance your singing, this workshop is designed to assist you to sing with more confidence and clarity, certainty and joy.

Led by Naomi Ferguson

Naomi Ferguson has been performing professionally in New Zealand for twenty years. Recent highlights include performing at the Christchurch Jazz and Big Band festivals in 2017, the dual roles of Diva and Shirley for Showbiz Christchurch’s production of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, and the role of Blanche du Bois for Canterbury Repertory’s season of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE.

An accomplished musician, Naomi has performed at national and local festivals and also at international venues in Korea, Hong Kong and The Netherlands. Naomi is also a committed educator, having taught singing, songwriting, performance and choirs for over 20 years, in the Canterbury region as well as nationally.

She has released three albums, and can be found at www.naomijoy.co.nz and www.facebook.com/naomifergusonz


Ticket price: $35

Tickets available via Eventbrite


by Grum Frith
Celebrate New Zealand popular music in this all welcome workshop of singing,
harmonies and begin to prepare for the Festival of Voices Finale.
Led by Singer Songwriter and Festival co-ordinator – Lisa Tui Jonathan

Lisa Tui Jonathan – Bright on Vibes.  Singer-songwriter, choir director and singing teacher, Lisa Tui has taught and facilitated singing for 17 years. Her passion is assisting in the creative endeavours of others as well as pursuing her own writing and performing by studying music pedagogy at Otago University, completing training in Adult Education and throwing herself into learning situations to keep her honest. Along with completing her performing arts training at NASDA, Lisa’s vocal studies have included Voicecraft International Complete and her work has been filmed in the NZ Documentary ‘Singing with Conviction’. Music theatre productions, Jazz and Folk Festivals, bands and recordings have all been part of her background as a vocalist and songwriter with 5 independent releases in 2017. LisaTui.com.

Ticket price: $35

Festival of Voices – Full Weekend Ticket POSTPONED

by Grum Frith
Festival of Voices – Full Weekend Ticket POSTPONED


Hanmer Springs Launches into its first and exciting

celebration of singing & harmonies with the Inaugural Festival of Voices, Hanmer Springs.

The Full Weekend Festival Ticket includes all 4 workshops and 3 performances –


The Pop Up Choir Event,

One of the Vocal Freedom Workshops – Improv Fun or Enhance your Singing,

The Songleaders Workshop for registered festival choir leaders,

The Concert Soiree with Special guests Voices Co. winners of the Naked Choir,

The Altogether Now workshop with Guest Songleaders,

The Festival of Voices, Hanmer Springs – Massed Choir Finale.




Earlybird ticket price before 28 Feb: $175

10 % Group discount available for groups of 10 or more

Full ticket price: $200

Tickets available via Eventbrite

or contact us at festivalofvoiceshanmersprings@gmail.com

for an online payment alternative.


*Please note that a minimum of numbers are required for the Festival go ahead.  The festival confirmation date is also the 28 Feb – BOOK NOW for the FESTIVAL TO GO AHEAD



The aim of the festival is to provide an opportunity for singers, community choirs and leaders to learn, be supported and inspired, to network and perform amongst like minded people.



The Festival of Voices Co-ordinators

Lisa Tui Jonathan

Jillie Toogood

Grum Frith – Hanmer Springs Music & Arts


Song Leaders Festival Ticket POSTPONED

by Grum Frith
Song Leaders Festival Ticket POSTPONED

If you are attending the Festival of Voices weekend and you are a Song Leader or Choir Director, register here for the festival and the song leaders workshop, should you wish to participate.

When you are busy leading and managing your group, would you sometimes like to sing in a small ensemble too?  In this workshop you’ll be preparing for the Festival of Voices, Hanmer Springs Finale as well as learning strategies as song leaders that bring out the best in your group.

The Song Leaders workshop is on Saturday 3.30 pm – 5.30 pm.

Tickets available at Eventbrite

Please complete the following 

Festival of Voices Choir Registration
The Pop Up Choir event invites choirs participating in the Festival of Voices to sing 3 songs at various locations in the Hanmer Village.
Please indicate what requirements you have for performance.
What would you like the MC to say about your group when introducing you?


by Grum Frith

NZ Sing In For Kids – Friday 9 March 10am
9 – 12 years
2 hour workshop [50 mins – 20 mins break – 50 mins]

Singing is fun at all ages but what are some of the New Zealand songs for kids that make us unique, that affirm who we are and tell stories that we can relate to from our environment, from our cultures and/or from our own NZ composers and artists.

This workshop tunes up the children’s voices, helps them feel the excitement of making music together with body and vocal percussion. It uses New Zealand repertoire to learn about the social relevance of music as a means to express and capture our experiences and stories as an art form.

To book your school choir in email: musicandarts@hanmersprings.org.nz


by Grum Frith

Bring you own bottle of wine, platter and deck chair and enjoy the atmosphere of an “up close” and “initmate’ performance. Get to meet the performers in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. 10 Coleridge Street 6pm. $15 per person at the door or book on line at www.musicandarts.co.nz.

Parabola West is taking her Purity of Weakness tour on the road throughout February and March of 2018. The tour will be coming to Hanmer Springs on Saturday, 3rd for a Home Concert via Music & Arts Hanmer Springs.

Details available from http://musicandarts.co.nz

Her latest EP, Purity of Weakness, was released on the 8th September, and showcases her unique blend of ethereal soundscapes and well-crafted songwriting. Her tour will bring the visual and sonic elements of the EP to life in each show.

“It’s not your standard gig! Expect live mixing, projectors and visuals that accompany the varying sounds of the music. It will be a real experience.”

Drawing inspiration from Nordic folk roots, electronica, and organic sounds, this Raglan-based artist is evolving into a soundscape storyteller.

Music reviewer Corinne Rutherford describes the EP as ”a lush mix of Celtic / Nordic, Folk, and Electronic, it is mystical and magical and everything you could expect from an artist with the name of Parabola West.”

Originally from East Coast America, Parabola West began writing songs as a teenager.  She moved to New Zealand in 2003 and after a 10 year “corporate world” break from music, she returned to her musical roots and launched her solo career as Parabola West in 2013. Her debut EP Did You Hear? was released in March 2014 to great reviews.  The much anticipated follow-up was her hit single ‘Fire’ in October 2015, which received a $10,000 recording and video grant from NZonAir.

With the help of fans who supported her successful 2016 INDIEGOGO crowd funding campaign Parabola West was able to record Purity of Weakness earlier this year, and has had a great response both locally and overseas.

“Her music strikes for a truly balanced alchemy of melodies, groove and emotion, to create something meaningful and unique.” – www.theaudience.co.nz. Parabola West’s tour will bring this magic to the stage, and is sure to amaze her audience.

For more details about her upcoming tour and to buy tickets, visit the Parabola West website: www.parabolawest.com/tour 


Monty Bevins House Concert

by Grum Frith

Monty Bevins is a New Zealand based singer-songwriter.
He is known as a gifted, soulful performer whose songs ask the big questions while
telling the small stories. Perpetually touring, Bevins has built a loyal following
throughout his homeland where he plays everywhere from packed halls in isolated
towns to festival stages and bars in the big city. There’s a reason why people keep
coming back again and again to see Bevins perform; he’s an authentic musician with
bloody good songs.
“I was pleasantly surprised with his obviously honed and crafted live performance, as
he effortlessly intertwined elements of folk, roots and soul together.”
Poppy Tohill, 13th floor.
“Monty is the real deal; a genuine and gifted muso with songs you want to hear again
and again”
James Kenyon, Australia
LOVERS AGAIN – https://vimeo.com/213386711
TRAVELLER – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Syy87sBbjAc
GOLDEN ONE – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzSlMQi_5zQ

Buy Tickets At: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/monty-bevins-house-concert-tickets-42885952037