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Friends of Pataka Winter Music Series - Concert
Festival Singers of Wellington
Date / Time: 05/08/2018
Venue: Pataka - Porirua Museum
City: Porirua
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Conductor: Jonathan Berkahn
Contact: Philip Garside - Secretary
Phone: 04 475 8855
Email: books@pgpl.co.nz
Website: https://festivalsingers.wordpress.com/
The Creation — Haydn
Festival Singers of Wellington
Date / Time: 24/06/2018 2.00 pm
City: Wellington
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Conductor: Jonathan Berkahn
Contact: Philip Garside - Secretary
Phone: 04 475 8855
Email: books@pgpl.co.nz
Website: https://festivalsingers.wordpress.com/
Singalong Messiah
Festival Singers of Wellington
Date / Time: 24/11/2018 7.00 pm
Venue: Wesley Methodist Church - 75 Taranaki Street
City: Wellington
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Conductor: Jonathan Berkahn
Contact: Philip Garside - Secretary
Phone: 04 475 8855
Email: books@pgpl.co.nz
Website: https://festivalsingers.wordpress.com/
Free Open Night - Christchurch City Chorus
Christchurch City Chorus
Date / Time: 07/02/2018 8.00pm
Venue: Harmony Church, 220 Antigua Street, Christchurch Central
City: Christchurch
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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

Conductor: Virginia Humphrey-Taylor
Contact: Angela Blank
Phone: 021 299 1168
Email: lovetosing@ccchorus.co.nz
Website: www.ccchorus.co.nz
Auckland memorial for Peter Godfrey
NZCF Choirs
Date / Time: 25/02/2018 17h00
Venue: Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, Auckland
City: Auckland
more info
Conductor: Various
Contact: Cathryn Wyllie
Email: cathryn.wyllie@nzcf.org.nz
Website: http://www.nzcf.org.nz/auckland-memorial-peter-godfrey/
NZCF Member Choirs (various)
Date / Time: 07/04/2018 TBA
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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.



Phone: 06 345 9073
Email: joannalove52@gmail.com
Grief to Joy: Music for Easter
City Choir Dunedin
Date / Time: 07/04/2018 7:30 pm
Venue: Knox Church, 449 George Street, Dunedin
City: Dunedin
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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.

Conductor: David Burchell
Contact: Leta Labuschagne
Phone: 0276844118
Email: info@citychoirdunedin.org.nz
Website: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2018/grief-to-joy-music-for-easter/dunedin