Over 170 singers from choirs in Waikato and Bay of Plenty will join with the Bay of Plenty Symphonia this month for four memorable performances of Haydn’s mighty oratorio Creation, in Rotorua, Taupo, Thames and Hamilton.
This large, four-centre, ‘tour’ has been organised by the Waikato/Bay of Plenty branch of the NZCF, as a way to connect the regions’ choirs through music and collaboration. The branch also presented similar performances of the Mozart Requiem in 2014, which was a huge success, and they are delighted to be doing another one!
The performances will be conducted by David Squire who, as well as having strong family ties in Waikato, needs little introduction to those in the choral scene here in New Zealand. Musical Director of the New Zealand Youth Choir since 2011, he is also the Chair of the NZCF Association of Choral Directors, and Chorusmaster for the International Schools’ Choral Music Society.
Andrew Grenon (tenor), Elizabeth Mandeno (soprano) and James Harrison (baritone) will take on the demanding soloist roles. All three have studied and performed extensively overseas before returning to New Zealand and now are in demand throughout the country both on the operatic stage and in performances. Completing the music team is resident Bay of Plenty Symphonia Music Director Justus Rozemond, with continuo provided by Peter Watts (harpsichord) and Martin Griffiths (cello).
If you’re in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty region mid-late September, do get along to this wonderful celebration of choral music and community!
Saturday 14th September, 7 pm: John Paul College, ROTORUA
Sunday 15th September, 2 pm: Great Lakes Centre, TAUPO
Saturday 21st September, 5 pm: War Memorial Hall, THAMES
Sunday 22nd September, 2 pm: St Paul’s College Chapel, HAMILTON