Last Saturday on September 2nd, the Macleans College Chorale (MCC) and a few vocal students banded together to raise money for charity through a concert of songs at the All Saints Anglican Church.

As MCC finishes off their busy choir season, they closed with the inaugural Macleans College Chorale Charity Concert, coined MCCCC jokingly by many students, including the director. The concert was a success, having raised over $1,500 for their chosen charity, Seasons for Growth.

The concert features four sets of music under four themes. The first theme was ‘Celebrating and Preserving Our Cultures’; the second theme was ‘Telling Our Stories’; the third theme was ‘Expressing Love’; the fourth and final theme was ‘Reflecting and Healing’.

I love how meaningful our repertoire was; every song conveyed a message that came from the heart of the choir. MCCCC was a great end to MCC and the reality of our time together coming to an end struck as the concert closed and emotions were running wild. I wouldn’t know, though! I was talking to my teachers.

Emma Zhou (Hillary), member of MCC 2021–2023

Songs featured under the various themes included the choir’s Big Sing Regional set. Their performance at the Big Sing Regional Festival can be read here. They also sang various songs learned traditionally over the years, such as Ka Waiata and Te Aroha Nui.

The chorale was accompanied by seven soloists. Members of the chorale who also sang solos were Lexie Buchanan (Upham), Wayne Gao (Snell), Raghav Pattni (Rutherford), and Chelsea Wang (Hillary). The other soloists were Isaiah Muller (Hillary), Guntaas Oberoi (Upham), and Sam Swallow (Hillary).

Seasons for Growth is an eight-week programme aimed to help young people recover from grief and loss.

The concert was a great reflection for the choir as they closed off their season. Many thanks to the choir, the vocalists, the teachers, and All Saints for their commitment to this event.

September 4th, 2023
Clarissa Oblefias
Photography by Emma Li and Hope Zhang’s father

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