Te Mire A’Tu – Composers Competition

Posted on February 22, 2017

Following on from the huge success of last year’s event, the Te Mire A’Tu composers’ competition will once again be returning to Rarotonga as the Cook Island’s finest composers and singers do battle to be crowned champion. Held at the National Auditorium the Te Mire A’Tu competition is a fantastic event to head along to if you are staying on the island in early March. The competition is a celebration of original Cook Islands compositions and is a great chance to listen to some beautiful, traditional music from the Cook Islands.

When is Te Mire A’Tu 2017?

This year’s event will once again be held at the National Auditorium on Thursday 9 March. The event is organised by the Ministry of Cultural Development in partnership with Cook Islands Tourism and the House of Ariki with this year’s theme yet to be announced.

What can you expect?

If last year’s event is anything to go by, you can once again expect some exceptional performances from local composers and singers. Composers are challenged to present an original piece of music which will showcase their writing and musical composing skills and they will often work in tandem with a singer in order to bring their original work to life. Composers are given a limit of six minutes with which to ‘wow’ the judges and the composition must last a minimum of four minutes.

Rehearsals will take place from the first week in March right up to the eve of the competition and will be strictly ‘closed door’ so the audience will be the first to hear these original compositions.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in attending, make sure you speak to our staff at any of our Rarotonga properties who will be more than happy to tell you more about the competition and point you in the right direction of the National Auditorium.

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