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A Samoan 'Alleluia'

A Samoan 'Alleluia'

Some years ago now, I was oh so fortunate to be awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to research and record indigenous and imported singing, songs and dances in in the Pacific Islands of Samoa, Tonga, and Rarotonga. I donated my recordings to the University of Auckland.

Experience a Samoan 'Alleluia' below. It is very different!

Walking the streets of Florence with my friend, Avio

Talking of wives

“A wife is never ex-wife” says Avio. “She may loan you to someone else while she does other things – buys shoes or a house or maybe even a dachshund - but you are still hers. Till you die.”     


Posted: Friday 4 February 2022


  • Great sound, great timing and an enthusiastic conductor. Can we see something like this from you, Lynn, when you are next conducting the choir?
    Posted: 2022-03-23 16:22   by Paul S
  • Amazing! The energy and enthusiasm are contagious!
    Posted: 2022-02-15 21:24   by Natalia Valentino
  • Yes,Lynn. Such infectious energy and delight!
    Posted: 2022-02-15 11:45   by Terry
  • The enthusiasm of the 'teacher' and the delightful singing of the students was wonderful. Amazing how, with just a few claps, the chatter stopped and the attention was all directed to their leader. An interesting way to conduct!!
    Posted: 2022-02-13 15:26   by Natalie
  • I loved the joyous way the young people engaged with the music and their ‘teacher’ was amazing.
    Thanks for this, it made my day!
    Posted: 2022-02-13 08:06   by Helen

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