September 10, 2022
Each April/May the winning Hook, Line and Sing-along Song is released after a national competition that students can enter in March (however as of 2023 this competition has been discontinued – last one was in 2022).
Young composers write to a set of guidelines including length, using a NZ topic, suitable pitch range, suitable tempo for signing, singability and easy uke chords. The release of the recorded and notated winning song is timed to be able to be used in May, NZ Music Month. It has often been celebrated on the 31st May at noon with multiple groups around NZ singing it at the same time!
This year’s winning song “Summertime” was written by Finn (13) and Hugo (11) Clark who are homeschooled by their mum Rosie in Hawke’s Bay. Judith Bell – Summertime HLS22 – Uke chart 190422 Judith Bell – Summertime HLS2022 Lead sheet 1504
HERE’S SOME IDEAS of ways to use the HLS song that we have used at Chisnallwood Intermediate over the years:
Thank you to the team at Hook, Line and Sing-along, MENZA and the NZ Music Commission for helping keep NZ music alive.
Judith Bell, 2022