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Primary Gestures workshops 2018

For leaders of children's choirs

May & June 2018
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Giving Direction
Workshops 2018

For conductors of community and chamber choirs

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The World Symposium on Choral Music

11-18 July 2020

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Auckland memorial for Peter Godfrey
Holy Trinity Cathedral
Sunday 25 February 2018
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Friends of Pataka Winter Music Series - Concert

Festival Singers of Wellington

05 Aug Pataka - Porirua Museum Porirua Jonathan Berkahn
Philip Garside - Secretary
04 475 8855

The Creation — Haydn

Festival Singers of Wellington

24 Jun Wellington Jonathan Berkahn
Philip Garside - Secretary
04 475 8855

Singalong Messiah

Festival Singers of Wellington

24 Nov Wesley Methodist Church - 75 Taranaki Street Wellington Jonathan Berkahn
Philip Garside - Secretary
04 475 8855

Free Open Night - Christchurch City Chorus

Christchurch City Chorus

07 Feb Harmony Church, 220 Antigua Street, Christchurch Central Christchurch Virginia Humphrey-Taylor
Angela Blank
021 299 1168

Ladies! Love to sing?

Do you love Musical movies such as "Pitch Perfect 3" or "The Greatest Showman"?
Please check us out, we might just be the group you are looking to join.

Come along to our ‘FREE OPEN NIGHT’ if you are interested in finding out more about us.
Wednesday 7 February 2018 from 8.00 - 10.00 pm
Watch us at our new rehearsal venue Harmony Church, 220 Antigua Street, Christchurch Central.

Plenty of parking. Just turn up! All ages welcome.
If you need convincing, listen to the chorus singing here: youtu.be/P7DIRVuaRKE
Or, for more information, you can contact Angela at 021 299 1168

The Christchurch City Chorus is Australasia's premiere international awardwinning women's a cappella chorus. The Chorus was founded in 1985 and is directed by Virginia Humphrey-Taylor. We have over 100 members with ages ranging from early 20’s to 70’s.
In 2016 the Chorus was placed 5th at the Sweet Adelines International Convention. It was also voted the Most Entertaining chorus by members of the audience.

See you there
Christchurch City Chorus

Kapiti Choral Festival

Kapiti Choral Festival

23 Feb Kapiti College Raumati Bridget O'Shanassy

Kapiti Coast's Inaugural Choral Festival is here!
Hang out with other singers, young and old, make new connections and sing together in the most beautiful part of the Wellington region! Come and connect with a wonderful bunch of music lovers, sing together in massed rehearsals, learn something new, eat together and perform in the concluding Gala concert.
Come along and be part of workshops, a massed choir rehearsal and the Saturday night Gala concert.
You do not have to be a member of a choir nor live on the Coast to come to the Festival.
There is plenty of room for everyone!
• A full timetable will be sent to each registrant outlining in more detail what the workshops will involve. These are not compulsory (nothing is except the registration fee!) More information will also be added to this page in December
• Gospel workshop
• "Relaxed and effortless singing" workshop
• Barbershop workshop - ever wanted to try this style of choral singing? Award winning conductor Bridget O'Shanassy will let you in on this fun acapella genre
• "Taize" workshop - run by Ann-Marie Stapp a style of acapella singing which transcends all boundaries and takes you to a relaxing space, all the while singing.

MASSED CHOIR (Speed singing)
Like speed dating! 3 quick rehearsals and before you know it you will be on stage performing
A chance to sing together in one BIG space - so much fun and fellowship with others who sing your part
After registration you will be sent a link to download and print your own copies of 4 pieces of sheet music.

7.30pm Saturday in the New Gymnasium (Kapiti College) grounds. A number of local choirs attending the Festival will perform two items each and the Massed Choir will perform. Entry for audience members will be by koha and refreshments will also be on sale

T SHIRT A commemorative T Shirt with this design will be available to purchase with registration. This must be ordered by 11 February. A limited amount of T Shirts will be on sale during the Festival.

Auckland memorial for Peter Godfrey

NZCF Choirs

25 Feb Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, Auckland Auckland Various
Cathryn Wyllie


NZCF Member Choirs (various)

06 345 9073

Entries: Open to all choirs. Non competitive. Choirs choose their own repertoire.12 minutes maximum performance time.  The commentator will rehearse a massed choir item (detail to be supplied).  Choirs may request a (optional) written evaluation that is private to the choir concerned.

Commentator:     Joseph Christensen, Havelock North

Joe is a freelance musician who is the busy director of the New Zealand Male Choir. After graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium, Joe returned to Hastings where he taught at EIT for two years. He then took up the position of Head of Music at Karamu High School for 12 years, progressing to the position of Head of Performing Arts Faculty. While at Karamu, Joe travelled to Auckland on a weekly basis for 12 months to study with Prof Karyn Grylls at Auckland University.

Expressions of Interest:

Choirs interested in the Regional SingFest are invited to email an expression of interest to the NZCF Manawatu-Whanganui SingFest Committee by 3 February for later mailing of brochure and registration form.     Final commitment by 24 March.   Preference will be given to Manawatu-Whanganui choirs if numbers need to be restricted to match venue capacity.



Grief to Joy: Music for Easter

City Choir Dunedin

07 Apr Knox Church, 449 George Street, Dunedin Dunedin David Burchell
Leta Labuschagne

CLAIRE BARTON, mezzo-soprano
DSO string ensemble

City Choir is pleased to present music to celebrate the hope and renewal that is the promise of Easter.

Bach’s Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen (Rejoice, your hearts) is a cantata composed for the second day of Easter, and first performed in 1724. Bach structured the cantata in six movements, an exuberant choral opening, a set of recitative and aria for bass, another such set for alto and tenor, and a closing chorale taken from the medieval Easter hymn Christ ist erstanden. The music expresses moods of mourning and fear which should be overcome, but especially exhilarating joy. A string ensemble from the DSO will join the organ for this work.

Guiseppe Verdi’s Stabat Mater (1896) is a 13th-century Catholic hymn to Mary, which portrays her anguish and suffering as Jesus Christ's mother during his crucifixion. Verdi used his operatic skills to set the drama of Christ’s crucifixion, mirroring the words with the full chorus thundering anger at the crucifixion. The mood changes at the end where the high voices sing an ascending pattern in the sublime closing Paradisi gloria.

Lo, the full, final sacrifice is a festival anthem for choir and organ, composed by Gerald Finzi in 1946. The anthem's text memorializes the celebration of the Eucharist. Regarded as some of Finzi’s finest music, the expressive lines, colourful accompaniment and dramatic choral writing make this a great favourite in the choral repertoire. The first chorus entry has been described as ‘magical’, and the closing eight-part Amen is one of the most remarkable and poignant pieces of choral writing of its period.