The Vocal Collective rose like a phoenix in the aftermath of the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake when established venues for singers were in disarray. In June 2011 a group of music lovers & singers got together and inspired by inaugural artistic director Luke Di Somma, set out to create a new kind of choir. This group would sing ‘popular’ songs that would not only raise the spirits of its members, but more importantly, entertain the people of Canterbury and give them a reason to smile again. In this way the choir would play an important role in rebuilding the heart of the broken city.
Fundamental to the choir is the ethos of musical family. It is important that we entertain and uplift our audience with professional musical standards, but we also strive to provide an inclusive, fun and creative environment for our 80 members. ‘Pops’ continues to uplift and inspire through music and is now a regular on the Christchurch entertainment scene.