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Friends of Pataka Winter Music Series - Concert

Festival Singers of Wellington

05 August 2018
Pataka - Porirua Museum Porirua Jonathan Berkahn
Philip Garside - Secretary
04 475 8855
books@pgpl.co.nz
https://festivalsingers.wordpress.com/

The Creation — Haydn

Festival Singers of Wellington

24 June 2018
2.00 pm
Wellington Jonathan Berkahn
Philip Garside - Secretary
04 475 8855
books@pgpl.co.nz
https://festivalsingers.wordpress.com/

Singalong Messiah

Festival Singers of Wellington

24 November 2018
7.00 pm
Wesley Methodist Church - 75 Taranaki Street Wellington Jonathan Berkahn
Philip Garside - Secretary
04 475 8855
books@pgpl.co.nz
https://festivalsingers.wordpress.com/

Great Opera Choruses with guest Mezzo Soprano Cecily Shaw

Wanganui Male Choir

01 July 2018
2.30pm
Central Baptist Church, Wicksteed Street, Whanganui WHANGANUI Margaret Thompson
Oliver Lane
063489363
oliverlane@xtra.co.nz

Wild Daisies

Camerata Chamber Choir

19 May 2018
7.30 pm
St George's Presbyterian Church, Takapuna Auckland Jenny Firth
Bronwen Innes
president@camerata.co.nz
www.northshore.camerata.co.nz

A varied programme of New Zealand music.

Stanford Songs of the Fleet, Songs of the Sea, and The Revenge

Kapiti Chorale

12 May 2018
TBA
St Paul’s Church, Paraparaumu Paraparaumu Eric Sidoti

The Prodigal Son, by Sir Arthur Sullivan will be the major part of the Kāpiti Chorale's May Concert.  First performed in Worcester Cathedral on 10 September 1869 for the Three Choirs Festival, the oratorio was an instant success.  Taking the main text from the Gospel of Luke, Sullivan tells the story of the son and his father, leading to the dramatic reconciliation between the two.  The work was Sullivan's first oratorio, and was the first sacred music setting to be composed of this parable.  Other works to be sung include Sir John Stainer's Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, Stanford's Jubilate in C and Elgar's Ave Verum.

NZYC at Arrowtown Autumn Festival

New Zealand Youth Choir (NZYC)

24 April 2018
6.30pm (TBC)
Athenian Hall Arrowtown David Squire
https://nz.patronbase.com/_ChoirsNZ/Seasons/View?season_id=V18

The award-winning New Zealand Youth Choir is coming to Arrowtown for the Akarua Arrowtown Autumn Festival.

Known to deliver a spine-tingling, entertaining and engaging programme, a concert by the New Zealand Youth Choir is a glorious experience.

The 50-strong choir performs a colourful repertoire; from music of the South Pacific, New Zealand Folk Songs and Maori action songs, to traditional choral works.

In its 38-year history, the New Zealand Youth Choir has achieved iconic status in New Zealand and has won many accolades overseas. The choir won the supreme title of CHOIR OF THE WORLD in Wales in 1999, and last year the GRAND PRIX at IFAS 2016 in the Czech Republic.

Don’t miss this chance to experience the New Zealand Youth Choir at its only full-length Arrowtown concert in 2018.

NZYC in Invercargill at Southland Arts Festival

New Zealand Youth Choir (NZYC)

26 April 2018
7.30pm
First Presbyterian Church Invercargill David Squire
https://nz.patronbase.com/_ChoirsNZ/Productions/N184/Performances

The award-winning New Zealand Youth Choir is coming to Invercargill for the Southland Arts Festival.

Known to deliver a spine-tingling, entertaining and engaging programme, a concert by the New Zealand Youth Choir is a glorious experience.

The 50-strong choir performs a colourful repertoire; from music of the South Pacific, New Zealand Folk Songs and Maori action songs, to traditional choral works.

In its 38-year history, the New Zealand Youth Choir has achieved iconic status in New Zealand and has won many accolades overseas. The choir won the supreme title of CHOIR OF THE WORLD in Wales in 1999, and last year the GRAND PRIX at IFAS 2016 in the Czech Republic.

Don’t miss this chance to experience the New Zealand Youth Choir at its only Invercargill concert in 2018.

Presented in association with The Southland Arts Festival

NZSSC in Concert

New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir

28 April 2018
7.30pm
Sacred Heart Cathedral WELLINGTON Andrew Withington
Anna Bowron
+0211134520
nzssc@xtra.co.nz
http://www.nzsschoir.com/events/

A fantastic mix of repertoire, from Pachelbel through to Eric Whitacre, and including plenty of great New Zealand music. All delivered with the our trademark "infectious joy of music-making" (Stephen Fisher, January 2018).

NZYC in Dunedin

New Zealand Youth Choir (NZYC)

28 April 2018
7.30pm
St Paul's Cathedral Dunedin David Squire
https://nz.patronbase.com/_ChoirsNZ/Productions/N185/Performances

The award-winning New Zealand Youth Choir is coming to Dunedin.

Known to deliver a spine-tingling, entertaining and engaging programme, a concert by the New Zealand Youth Choir is a glorious experience.

The 50-strong choir performs a colourful repertoire; from music of the South Pacific, New Zealand Folk Songs and Maori action songs, to traditional choral works.

In its 38-year history, the New Zealand Youth Choir has achieved iconic status in New Zealand and has won many accolades overseas. The choir won the supreme title of CHOIR OF THE WORLD in Wales in 1999, and last year the GRAND PRIX at IFAS 2016 in the Czech Republic.

Don’t miss this chance to experience the New Zealand Youth Choir at its only Dunedin concert in 2018.

Haydn's Mass in Time of War

Whangarei Choral Society

05 May 2018
2.30 PM
Christ Church, Whangarei Whangarei Lisbe Jooste
Craig Blockley
0212727623
craig_blockley@yahoo.co.nz
https://whangareichoralsociety.weebly.com

NZCF May Workshop Mozart Vespers plus Opera Choruses

04 May 2018
6.30pm
Salvation Army Citadel Vivian St Wellington Tecwyn Evans

Cantando Choir - Ain't Misbehaving

Cantando Choir

06 May 2018
4pm
Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts HAMILTON Rupert D'Cruze
Yvonne Ingram
021 139 3796
info@cantando.org.nz
www.cantando.org.nz

Cantando Choir and Friends Ain't Misbehaving at Gallagher’s Centre, Hamilton.

Come join us and sing along to our great selection of swing and jazz greats with our special guests, local jazz group Jazzian, under the direction of our Conductor Rupert D’Cruze.

Our Programme includes such greats as Lullaby of Broadway, Nella Fantasia, Blue Moon, The Moon is Distant from the Sea, Over the Rainbow, Swing Low, Mack the Knife, Ain’t Misbehaving, Swinging with the Saints.

The Planets

VOICES NZ

10 May 2018
7.30pm
Auckland Town Hall, Great Hall Auckland Hans Graf
https://www.voicesnz.com/news-reviews/2018-concert-packages-love-voices-now/

Conductor Hans Graf

Cello Li-Wei Qin

Debussy Images pour orchestre: Gigues and Rondes de printemps
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme
Holst The Planets

Holst was fascinated by astrology, and in 1913 wrote to a friend:’ Recently the character of each planet suggested lost to me’. The result is astonishingly vivid music for each of the human traits embodied by each planet’s namesake deity – war, peace, jollity, old age – before the ultimate fade-out into the infinite. This piece has justly been a favourite from its first performance. Sopranos and Altos from VOICES NZ join the APO for this work.

Intoxicating from the very first bars…

NZCF Manawatu-Whanganui AGM Workshop

NZCF Manawatu-Whanganui Region Workshop

12 May 2018
9.30am
St Stephen's Church Hall, Maunder Street, Marton Marton Isaac Stone, Porirua
Joanna Love, Secretary NZCF Manawatu-Whanganui
06 345-9073
joannalove52@gmail.com

Isaac Stone is the young vibrant facilitator for this annual workshop.   The workshop will focus around "finding your voice in choral ensemble" optimizing vowel colour, resonance and breath control.     There will be lots of singing opportunities in dealing with these and related subjects.

Isaac is a music teacher at Tawa College where he is involved in a mix of classroom teaching, teaching singing, and choir directing.     He has a BMus in Classical Singing from the New Zealand School of Music.    He has directed the Wellington Youth Choir, and currently directing Tawa College Blue Notes and the innovative new choir Supertonic since its inception in 2014.

Isaac's personal choir experience has included being a member of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Choir, the New Zealand Youth Choir, Inspirare and currently as a member of Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir .                                

Contact Joanna Love, Secretary, NZCF Manawatu-Wanganui for brochure and registration form.     Pre-registration will assist the Region with planning the day. 

 

 

 

  

With Cheerful Voice

Schola Sacra Choir & Youth Chorus

19 May 2018
2.30pm
Christ Church Anglican Church, Wicksteed St, Whanganui Wanganui Roy Tankersley
Christine Soulsby
063424814
soulsby@farmside.co.nz

Featuring Schubert’s Mass in G and sung psalms

Organist Alison Stewart

Soloists Rachel Smith, Nigel Tongs

Gloria, Hallelujah!

A Capella Singers with Ascot Park Hotel Brass Band

20 May 2018
2pm
First Church, Tay Street, Invercargill Invercargill Di Lenihan & Christine McLeod
Christine McLeod
0272705557
campbell.mcleod@xtra.co.nz
www.acapellasingers.org.nz

Two of Southland’s leading community performance groups join forces to present a dynamic and uplifting concert.

The Ascot Park Hotel Brass and A Capella Singers showcase their tremendous talents, both separately and together.

The programme will feature what has been described as an "exalted, devotional and jubilant" work by English composer, John Rutter and finish with the uplifting and popular Hallelujah Chorus by Handel.

Supertonic - Shakespeare's Sister

Supertonic

20 May 2018
6:30pm
Pipitea Marae, 55-59 Thorndon Quay Wellington Isaac Stone
Isaac Stone
0274712456
info@supertonic.org.nz
www.supertonic.org.nz

We present this programme in honour and celebration of work by women who created art in the shadows of their male counterparts. We wish to offer hope for current and future generations of women who will publish their work using their own names.

#sistersdoinitforthemselves #imwithher #yearofthewoman #IWD2018 #PressforProgress #wāhine #TūpunaWahine

New Zealand: Life and Land

Rotorua District Choir

26 May 2018
7.30 pm
St Luke's Church, Amohia St Rotorua Elizabeth Pilaar
Elizabeth Pilaar
07 985 4119
rotorua.district.choir@gmail.com

Come and join the Rotorua District Choir for their first concert of 2018,  where the choir will sing a collection of New Zealand music depicting life and land.

MEALOR

Auckland Youth Choir

26 May 2018
8:00pm
Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell Auckland Lachlan Craig
Rosemary Chapman
aucklandyouthchoir@gmail.com
www.ayc.org.nz

Paul Mealor has been described as ‘the most important composer to have emerged in Welsh choral music since William Mathias‘ (New York Times, 2001), reaching international fame when his Motet, Ubi Caritas, was performed during the Royal Wedding Ceremony of His Royal Highness Prince William and Catherine Middleton (now TRH The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge) at Westminster Abbey.

The Auckland Youth Choir is delighted to have Paul join us in Auckland to workshop this piece. Paul will also be conducting a talk prior to the concert about the piece, and about Music and Spirituality for Premium ticket holders. Having worked with Paul when the choir performed his Stabat Mater at Carnegie Hall in New York, the choir is very excited to present this work.

Symphony No.1 'Passiontide' begins with the Stabat Mater and moves into his Crucifixus.

New Zealand: Life and Land

Rotorua District Choir

27 May 2018
2.00 pm
St Luke's Church, Amohia St Rotorua Elizabeth Pilaar
Elizabeth Pilaar
07 985 4119
rotorua.district.choir@gmail.com

Come and join the Rotorua District Choir for their first concert of 2018,  where the choir will sing a collection of New Zealand music depicting life and land.

Pohutukawa Singers mid year concert

Pohutukawa Singers

15 June 2018
7 pm
tbc Auckland - Huapai/Albany/Waimauku area Susan Hayday
Colin Newel
021 0249 9925
candcnewel@gmail.com
https://pohutukawasingers.wordpress.com

A lovely selection of jazz, modern, traditional, sacred, musical, pop, spiritual etc items for Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass singers.

Pohutukawa Singers mid year concert

Pohutukawa Singers

17 June 2018
2.00
tbc Auckland - Huapai/ Waimauku/ Albany area Susan Hayday
Colin Newel
021 0249 9925
candcnewel@gmail.com
https://pohutukawasingers.wordpress.com

A lovely selection of spiritual, sacred, pop, musical, folk, jazz etc songs for a mixed choir (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)

THE POWER OF THREE

Viva Voce

24 June 2018
3.30pm
Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall Auckland John Rosser
Rowena Janes Post
0800 VIVA VOCE (0800 8482 8623)
info@vivavoce.org.nz
www.vivavoce.org.nz

Viva Voce turns 33 this year. Not normally a reason for massive celebration, but three is a number that has fascinated mathematicians, scientists, philosophers, theologians and superstitious people over many centuries. And now us! In a traditional VV themed programme, presented in our wonted theatrical and light-hearted style, we’ll sing you a colourful variety of madrigals, part-songs, folk songs and lighter numbers, all grouped around or based on the aforementioned number. You’ll need to book early: ‘Three’ is a crowd!

“Reflections at Matariki ”

Auckland Welsh Choir

30 June 2018
3pm
St Barnabas Church, 283, Mt Eden Rd, Auckland Diana Rhodes Williams
Karen Brook, Secretary AWC
secawc@gmail.com
www.aucklandwelshchoir.nz

Beethoven & Beyond

Auckland Choral

26 July 2018
7.30pm
Auckland Town Hall Auckland Uwe Grodd
Carey McDonald
027 403 1222
admin@aucklandchoral.com
aucklandchoral.com

Beethoven, Mass in C

Flatischler / Bertl, Space Bey0nd Space

Every classical music fan knows Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, but few are aware of the treasure of the Mass in C, which he composed 17 years earlier, in 1807. His genius pushed boundaries, and later generations have come to value it as Beethoven through and through.

Reinhard Flatischler, composer, master drummer and music therapist extraordinaire, will have you spellbound with this exciting new work, Space Beyond Space. Through musical innovation and rhythmic 'colouring', Flatischler and thrilling internationally-acclaimed percussionist Tupac Mantilla aim to draw the audience into a multi-layered experience of the space around and beyond them.

Jennifer Barrington, Soprano

Catrin Johnsson, Mezzo-soprano

Robert Macfarlane, Tenor

James Harrison, Baritone

Reinhard Flatischler, composer, percussion

Johnny Bertl, composer

Tupac Mantilla, Percussion

Auckland Choral

Uwe Grodd, Conductor

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Sing Waiheke - Together

Auckland Choral

14 October 2018
2.30pm
Morra Hall, Waiheke Island Auckland Uwe Grodd, Elizabeth Lau
Carey McDonald
027 403 1222
admin@aucklandchoral.com
aucklandchoral.com

Choral Favourites in our very own island paradise

Together

Auckland Choral travels to the beautiful and relaxing environment of Waiheke Island, one of the best destinations in the world.

A weekend rehearsing in a beautiful environment under Auckland Choral conductors Uwe Grodd and Elizabeth Lau, will culminate in a concert of treasured choral favourites with the excitement of hearing a new work by David Hamilton, Homecoming, setting text by NZ poet Vincent O’Sullivan.

Conductors: Uwe Grodd                                                                                                                                    Elizabeth Lau

Beethoven 9

VOICES NZ

23 November 2018
6.30pm
Michael Fowler Centre Wellington Edo de Waart
http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/event/2400537BD8132F31?bba=1

Beethoven Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
with Voices New Zealand

Music Director Edo de Waart’s final Masterworks concerts for 2018 highlight two milestones in not only Beethoven’s career, but the symphonic repertoire. Hear in one concert the composer’s journey from Classical to Romantic and in the process changing music forever.

The First Symphony is from a young Beethoven, already making his name in Vienna as a pianist and composer. While it owes a debt to Haydn, it also shows a composer hungry to explore and experiment.

His gargantuan Symphony No. 9, written when he had become completely deaf, is one of his greatest and most loved works. With four fantastic soloists – soprano Madeleine Pierard, mezzo-soprano Kristin Darragh, tenor Simon O’Neill and bass Anthony Robin Schneider – and premiere choir Voices New Zealand for the fourth movement’s ‘Ode to Joy’, this is an event no one should miss.

Beethoven 9

VOICES NZ

24 November 2018
7.30pm
Auckland Town Hall, Great Hall Auckland Edo de Waart
http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/event/2400537AD66715E3?bba=1

Beethoven Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
with Voices New Zealand

Music Director Edo de Waart’s final Masterworks concerts for 2018 highlight two milestones in not only Beethoven’s career, but the symphonic repertoire. Hear in one concert the composer’s journey from Classical to Romantic and in the process changing music forever.

The First Symphony is from a young Beethoven, already making his name in Vienna as a pianist and composer. While it owes a debt to Haydn, it also shows a composer hungry to explore and experiment.

His gargantuan Symphony No. 9, written when he had become completely deaf, is one of his greatest and most loved works. With four fantastic soloists – soprano Madeleine Pierard, mezzo-soprano Kristin Darragh, tenor Simon O’Neill and bass Anthony Robin Schneider – and premiere choir Voices New Zealand for the fourth movement’s ‘Ode to Joy’, this is an event no one should miss.

Handel, Messiah - 100 Hallelujahs

Auckland Choral

16 December 2018
16/12/2018 - 5.00pm, 17/12/2018 - 7.30pm
Auckland Town Hall Auckland Uwe Grodd
Carey McDonald
027 403 1222
admin@aucklandchoral.com
aucklandchoral.com

A Century of Messiahs

HANDEL Messiah HWV56

Every performance of Handel’s Messiah is a special event, and Auckland Choral’s 2018 performance will be extra-special, as it is the choir’s hundredth consecutive Messiah. Since the choir's founding in 1855 there have only been 2 exceptions – the outbreak of World War 1 and the flu epidemic of 1918.

To celebrate this momentous century of Messiahs, the choir will be joined by visiting singers from choral groups near and far, and a stunning line-up of soloists will lead the choir, including Metropolitan Opera star Heather Johnson, New Zealand’s most famous tenor Simon O’Neill, and bass Martin Snell whose “Trumpet Shall Sound” stays in the memory all year round. Join us again to welcome this year’s Christmas, and also to be part of a Messiah explosion that will celebrate our amazing “one hundred-not-out” tradition.

Marlena Devoe, Soprano                                                                                                    Heather Johnson, Mezzo-soprano                                                                        Simon O'Neill, Tenor                                                                                                           Martin Snell, Bass

Auckland Choral

International guest choirs including Brisbane Chorale, City Choir Dunedin

Pipers Sinfonia

Uwe Grodd, Conductor

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