by Greta Yeoman
A Geraldine poet’s Christmas story is set to go from the page to the stage this weekend – with the help of an 18-year-old composer.
put two of poet Jan Hill’s works to music, which will be performed by the Timaru District Choir as part of its two Christmas Around The World shows this weekend.
The first piece will be a choral rendition of Hill’s poem From Bay to Hill, while the second is a “mix of song and spoken word” retelling her Christmas story of Magnus and Maungati’s Christmas, which was first published in 2005.
“[It is] a musical story.”
Keggenhoff said it was “probably the biggest-scale” piece he had ever written, especially as Magnus was a full story book.
He was approached through friends of friends who knew him through the two years he spent performing with the South Canterbury Youth Orchestra.
“[It was] a really fun thing to do.”
Keggenhoff began writing music in 2015 after deciding to “soundtrack” several stories he had written, with the idea of turning them into films.
“It is quite a lot of fun.”
The former Geraldine High School pupil, who has taken a gap year after finishing school in 2017, said he hoped to go to university in Wellington next year.
He had decided to study music but had previously thought about studying psychology.
“[Music] will make me happier in the long run.”
He was looking forward to the two shows at the weekend.
“I’ve always loved music.”
He composed the Magnusscore for a full orchestra but “scaled it down for the actual concert”.
The Timaru District Choir will perform its Christmas Around the World, at Trinity Church, College Rd, Timaru on Saturday at 7pm; then at St Mary’s Church in Geraldine on Sunday at 2pm. Tickets on door.