Dashing through the Hawke’s Bay Airport to the sound of Christmas Carols

In the 12 days before Christmas Hawke’s Bay’s talented young opera group, Project Prima Volta (PPV), will be adding a unique and festive element for visitors to the Hawke’s Bay Airport by performing Christmas carols.

The popular singing group will perform twice a day – one mid to late morning and the other late afternoon with the aim of bringing a fun and festive atmosphere to the Airport.

Hawke’s Bay Airport Chief Executive Nick Story said: “We are delighted to be able to provide visitors to the region with such a unique festive experience – there is nothing quite like live carol singing to really get you in the mood for Christmas! Better yet, we love the fact that the carol singing also showcases the wonderful talent we have in the region with the Project Prima Volta group”.

PPV co-founder Anna Pierard said; “This is such a lovely opportunity for our students to perform in our community and we are grateful for the opportunity to also fundraise for PPV. Each year we select 30 teenagers from entirely diverse backgrounds to join our year-long programme of coaching and mentoring where they work alongside international and homegrown industry professionals as well as local performers. As a not-for-profit entity we rely heavily on our wonderful sponsors and patrons so any additional funds we can raise is wonderful!”

Anna added; “Being at the Airport, the main hub in and out of the region, also provides us with an opportunity to promote our 2017 feature opera – Carmen - which is on in February. We’ve got a stellar line up of international and local opera stars, including Sol3 Mio star Moses Mackay, Kiwi opera sensation soprano, Anna Leese, award winning Russian mezzo, Nadezhda Karyazina and Australian tenor Matthew Reardon – so it is a good opportunity to highlight Carmen to people coming into our region.”