Proud sponsors

You've probably heard the Christchurch Pops Choir sing at one of its many successful events around Canterbury, but it's about to sing at the airport much more often.

We've become the principal sponsor of the choir, which has already sung twice in the terminal to welcome special visitors - the inaugural arrival of China Airlines and the first of this summer's charter flights from Guangzhou.

Choir artistic director Luke di Somma says the choir is a community of entertainers which came together in 2011 and loves to get out and about to perform... or as they put it themselves, "we sing contemporary and 'popular' music with passion, energy and great gusto!"

"What we love about our new principal sponsor is that the airport is also in the business of giving people the best experience it can," Luke says.

Airport General Manager Trade Development and Marketing Scott Callaway agrees there is synergy between the airport and the choir.

"We both love our place in the world and want to share it with our community, as well as making every interaction excellent, with a touch of fun and excitement.

You could say both groups are fond of endorphins!"

Christchurch Pops Choir is planning three concerts in mid and South Canterbury in May and is looking at travelling further afield through the South Island in future.

Its repertoire includes rock, jazz, gospel, pop, musical theatre and more - from Gershwin to Gaga. The choir is conducted by Artistic Director Luke Di Somma, and has been in demand since its beginnings post 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

"Pops have wowed audiences with memorable gigs including Coca-Cola Christmas In The Park, The Golden Age of Broadway with the CSO, the Champion Canterbury Awards, the launch of the 2013 Christchurch Arts Festival, the Sport Canterbury Awards and community "pop-ups" in malls, rest homes and other public places around Christchurch. Choir performances at the Court Theatre in 2013 sold out, and we're constantly out and about at community events and corporate functions."