After a tough audition competition, Riley Rolton (Year 13) has been selected for the New Zealand Youth Choir. He and around 50 other keen performers will tour as a group both nationally and internationally over the next three years.
Riley has been a keen chorister since he was 13 years old. He has been a part of the St Paul’s Collegiate School choirs since Year 9 and more recently represented New Zealand in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Choir. After years of refining his singing, he found his niche and passion for stage and musical theatre.
An extremely familiar stage name around St Paul’s, Riley played The Cowardly Lion at this year’s Wizard of Oz production, and Jesus in last year’s Jesus Christ Superstar. His stage presence and voice are undeniable and audiences cannot help but remain fixated on him during his performances.
Keen to fast-track his music career, Riley is heading to the University of Waikato in 2023 to begin his Bachelor of Music. He then hopes to move overseas to follow his passion for the stage and implement his musical prowess.
Wishing Riley and the New Zealand Youth Choir all the best over the next few years, we look forward to seeing what’s next!