Thursday, June 20th, 2013
Visitors are invited to join Schola Cantorum for Norfolk Island’s unique Thanksgiving Day celebrations and special choir performances on Norfolk Island 24 November – 01 December.

Norfolk Island demonstrates a surprising trait by celebrating Thanksgiving Day each year. An American inspired celebration Thanksgiving Day came to this small island in the 1890s as a cultural kind of cargo with the American whalers and traders.

The tradition has stuck and today families celebrate Thanksgiving Day on the fourth Wednesday of November by bringing produce to sell and raise money for the local church. The auction is often tongue in cheek where sour milk bread has a going rate of $40 per loaf.

The islanders also sing American hymns. This year the congregation will have the backing of Schola Cantorum, a choir from Christchurch New Zealand travelling from the South Island to join Norfolk Islanders to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Conductor Roger Buckton Associate Professor of the School of Music, University of Canterbury will be holding choral and sight singing workshops through the week. Roger was the founder and conductor of both the Dunedin Youth Orchestra and North Shore Youth Orchestras and has conducted numerous festival choirs and orchestras. Joining Roger will be Assistant Conductor David O’Beirne. A private voice teacher and freelance choral tutor for primary schools in Canterbury, David is a member of the NBR New Zealand Opera chorus and appears regularly as a soloist throughout New Zealand.

Take advantage of the super special packages on offer starting from NZ$1339 per person quad share ex Christchurch for travel 24 November to 1 December.. Prices include return ‘seat + bag’ airfare to Norfolk Island, pre-paid airline taxes, meet & greet at the Norfolk airport, return airport transfers, 7 night’s quad share accommodation with event sponsor Hibiscus Aloha, 7 days car hire including hire surcharge (petrol extra), Half Day Orientation Tour, Official reception at Government House, Farewell Dinner, discount shopping card with free gift, complimentary mini-golf and complimentary ‘A Walk in the Wild’. Prices are current today and subject to change without notice. Conditions apply.

Singing workshops (additional to above holiday package prices): Adults: AU$20 per workshop or AU$50 for all three; Children (under 16): AU$15 per workshop or $30 for all three.

For more information contact The Travel Centre, Norfolk Island on toll free phone 0800 0088 10 email [email protected] fax 00 6723 23205 or visit us at

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Norfolk Island Travel Centre

Norfolk Island Travel Centre is an award winning travel agency that specialises in quality, personalised travel. Norfolk has a unique beauty of its own, with its renowned tall majestic pines, sheer cliff faces, coral reefs and beautiful beaches. Almost one third of the island is devoted to National Parks and Reserves. But Norfolk Island is far more than a picturesque island in the South Pacific, it is paradise with a past. What was once a convicts’ nightmare is now the tranquil home of the descendants from the Mutiny on the Bounty, who have their own unique culture and their own language. There is much to see and do on Norfolk Island: fascinating historic tours, see Kingston which is a World Heritage Listed area,outdoor re-enactments of the Bounty Mutiny (with parts played by actual descendants of Fletcher Christian), ‘Light and Sound’ shows, eco-tours, glass bottom boat coral reef trips, swimming, snorkeling, fishing, dining out in the numerous fine restaurants, bush walking, scenic horse riding, golf on what has been called the world’s most beautiful golf course, bowls, tennis, and squash. Take advantage of Norfolk's tax-free shopping or perhaps simply take some time out to relax and enjoy Norfolk's peaceful existence.

Jacqui Jackson
P: AU 1800 1400 66 or NZ 0800 0088 10


Visitors are invited to join Schola Cantorum for Norfolk Island’s unique Thanksgiving Day celebrations and special choir performances on Norfolk Island 24 November – 01 December.



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