SingDownunder and the Christchurch Earthquake
At 1pm (NZT) on Tuesday February 22nd Christchurch city centre was partially destroyed by a shallow earthquake almost directly underneath it. There is substantial loss of life and many major and historic buildings in the centre of town are partly or wholly destroyed. The destruction includes two of the beautiful choral venues, the Anglican Cathedral in Cathedral Square and the Catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament that we sang in last year.
It also seems to include the central hotel we stayed in last year, which did very well by us, opening their restaurant to suit our warm up/perform schedule. The SingDownunder South Island touring options have been changed by this tragedy. Safety will be the number one consideration. Venues and accommodation will also be important to our choirs.
Christchurch still has the most reliable international airport in the South Island. It also has a large choral community which we want to support and is the centre of a very beautiful part of New Zealand.