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
International guest choirs including Brisbane Chorale, City Choir Dunedin
Uwe Grodd, Conductor
Sing and train alongside all three National Choirs!
For the first time choristers will have the chance to join a national academy of choral singing. Organised by Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand, all three national choirs (NZ Secondary Students’ Choir, NZ Youth Choir, Voices NZ) will be in residence and keen singers from around the country can book their place to experience these choirs in action, sit-in and sing with the choirs, and have access to their professional artistic staff for workshops in musicianship, vocal and conducting techniques.
Register for one of these three groups:
- Group S: age 13-17, mirroring NZSSC
- Group Y: age 18-25, mirroring NZYC
- Group V: Adults (age 25+) with a good choral skill level, and a keen desire to advance their vocal and language skills.
With Love and Hope - Gyda Chariad a Gobaith
AWC Performs for A Girl Called Hope, featuring tenor Manase Latu.
Early each March the Auckland Welsh Choir celebrates St David, the patron saint of Wales. On March 3, 2019 we will showcase music of love and hope, through popular choral music and our traditional, wide-ranging and well-loved repertoire. For this concert the choir is delighted to welcome as its soloist young tenor, Manase Latu. Manase is a recent Lexus finalist and winner of the prestigious New Zealand Aria in 2018.
Our concert is fundraising for A Girl Called Hope, and we invite you to join us. Your presence will help all who work with A Girl Called Hope to continue providing a future full of hope and potential to every young woman.
“Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, cast the shadow of our burden behind us.” Samuel Smiles, 1812 - 1904
The men of the Taranaki Male Choir will be joined by the Whanganui Male Choir and Male Voices Waikato in an exciting celebration of their special Choral sound.