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Alleluia: Resolution of Praise

Inspirare with Schola Cantorum (St Mark’s School)

23 March 2019
Wellington Cathedral Hill St Wellington Mark Stamper
Mark Stamper

St David’s Day Concert - With Love and Hope - Gyda Chariad a Gobaith

Auckland Welsh Choir

03 March 2019
St Joseph's Catholic Church, 10 Dominion St Takapuna Auckland Diana Williams Rhodes
Karen Brook, Secretary

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


St Matthew Passion – An Epic Musical Creation

City Choir Dunedin

31 March 2019
2:00 pm
Dunedin Town Hall Dunedin David Burchell
Leta Labuschagne
0800 111 999

David Burchell, conductor
Soloists: Iain Tetley (Evangelist), Scott Bezett (Jesus), Lois Johnston (Soprano), Claire Barton (Alto), Andrew Grenon (Tenor), Malcolm Leitch (Bass)
City Choir Dunedin
Christchurch City Choir
Dunedin Symphony Orchestra

City Choir Dunedin is proud to present Bach’s epic work: St Matthew Passion. The resources for St Matthew Passion are huge, requiring a double choir, a large orchestra and seven soloists.  Christchurch City Choir will join us to provide the second choir and they are excited to be involved in this most marvellous of works. The acclaimed soloists are Iain Tetley (Evangelist), Scott Bezett (Jesus), Lois Johnston (Soprano), Claire Barton (Alto), Andrew Grenon (Tenor) and Malcolm Leitch (Bass). The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra will provide orchestral support while David Burchell will conduct this highlight in Dunedin’s musical calendar.

In the Middle Ages Christian churches began observing Holy Week by retelling the story of Christ’s crucifixion in music. Bible verses were set to chant melodies, with St Matthew Passion culminating in one of the most ambitious musical compositions of all time.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) composed his St Matthew Passion for the 1727 Good Friday service at St Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany. The work is the largest single composition Bach ever wrote, both in terms of length and in terms of forces called for in the score.

The story of the Passion begins in the turmoil of Jesus’s last days in Jerusalem and ends with his crucifixion and burial. The drama is brought to life by Bach’s musical expression of the Christian tenets of love, grace, and salvation. This epic work, perhaps Bach’s most personal, often moves from a moment of violent operatic drama to a solo aria, frozen in time, an utterance from deep inside the soul.

The St Matthew Passion is one the greatest creations, revealing layers of meaning in the text. The great variety of music in the Passion is dramatic, passionate and emotional, and surprises abound. With more than 250 musicians on stage, this performance will be epic and one not to be missed.

"In Search of Peace - 100 years on"

Aorangi Singers

31 March 2019
6 p.m.
Auckland Town Hall (Great Hall) Auckland Sarah Bisley Schneider
Andrew Hutchings
020 414 27695

This event, to mark the founding of world peace after the Great War, is our fourth and final World War One commemoration event.

On the programme: the exquisitely beautiful "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber, preceding the main work of the evening, Giuseppe Verdi's powerful "Requiem".

Soloists for the "Requiem" are Anna Leese (soprano), Kristin Darragh (mezzo-soprano), Amitai Pati (tenor) and Wade Kernot (bass).

The sprouting of poppy flowers on battlefields and grave sites across Europe marked the conclusion of World War I and these flowers feature prominently in John McCrae’s poem "In Flanders Fields". After the war, the Royal British Legion promoted the wearing of red poppies on November 11, Armistice Day. Britons also place wreaths of them on graves
In 1933, the anti-war Women’s Co-operative Guild began selling white poppies to embody both remembrance and pacifism; the whiteness symbolized a lack of bloodshed.
While they were not meant to conflict with the red poppy, the white poppy has sometimes been seen as a political symbol. According to the BBC, "many veterans felt that its significance undermined their contribution and the lasting meaning of the red poppy". Today however, the Royal British Legion neither condemns nor endorses them and another group, the Peace Pledge Union, has taken over the white poppy emblem.

Around the World in Song

A Capella Singers

28 April 2019
First Presbyterian Church, Tay Street, Invercargill INVERCARGILL Christine McLeod
Christine McLeod

Join us as we explore music from around the world. You’ll hear songs from the British Isles, Europe, Russia, the Americas and more. From a Somerset folksong to a traditional Japanese song about cherry blossom, be transported to other places – no need for a passport! Enjoy the story-telling of the Skye Boat Song, Danny Boy and Au Clair de la Lune but with new choral arrangements. Feel the yearning of the Hebrew Slaves for their homeland and be stirred by the rousing song of the Volga Boatmen in Russia.

May Workshop

03 May 2019
Salvation Army Citadel Vivian Street Wellington Mark Dorrell
Lynda Hunter
04 5697953

Spirit and Dreams

Schola Cantorum

06 May 2019
Philip Carter Family Concert Hall @ the Piano Christchurch Felicity O'Brien
Margaret Lovell-Smith
021 027 20446

Come and hear Christchurch choir Schola Cantorum sing a concert of music from different eras. The songs in the programme will range from renaissance polyphony to twenty-first century music.

‘We love singing a cappella, weaving our voices together in a tapestry of sound that connects us with great music from throughout the ages,’ says Musical Director Felicity O’Brien. ‘This concert includes several religious pieces based on the feast of Pentecost, or the coming of the Holy Spirit. Others are about dreams and the spiritual dimension of a more secular world. We hope you enjoy our choices as much as we enjoy singing them!’

Schola Cantorum was founded in 1987 to preserve and perform the rich tradition of Mediaeval and Renaissance music, which includes plain chant, polyphony and madrigals.

Entry is by programme available at the door for $10, adults; children are free.



The Big Sing - East Coast

29 May 2019
Waiapu Anglican Cathedral, Napier Napier Glenys Kempshall

The Big Sing - Canterbury / West Coast

06 June 2019
Christchurch Town Hall, TBC Christchurch Rosemary Fisher

The Big Sing - Wellington

11 June 2019
Michael Fowler Centre Wellington Elizabeth Crayford

The Big Sing - Otago

12 June 2019
10am & 1pm
Dunedin Town Hall Dunedin Rosemary Tarbotton

The Big Sing - Auckland

10 June 2019
Auckland Town Hall, Great Hall Auckland Shirley Harvey

The Big Sing - Manawatu / Whanganui

13 June 2019
Palmerston North John Love

The Big Sing - Nelson/Marlborough

13 June 2019
NCMA, Nelson Nelson Sally Hallmark

The Big Sing - Taranaki

14 June 2019
TBC Taranaki Jenny Duggan

The Kids Sing - Taranaki 2019

14 June 2019
Spotswood College, New Plymouth New Plymouth Juliet Woller

The Big Sing - Southland

18 June 2019
concert at 7.30pm
First Church, Tay Street Invercargill Alan Menzies

The Big Sing - Waikato / Bay of Plenty

20 June 2019
Holy Trinity Church, Tauranga Tauranga Elizabeth Murray

Songs Men Sing - Festival of Male Voices

Taranaki Male Choir

10 August 2019
Theatre Royal, New Plymouth New Plymouth Peter Jackson
Terry Stowers / Tim Steedman
021 418 194

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.

The Kids Sing - Auckland 2019

13 August 2019
Auckland Town Hall, Great Hall Auckland Rhondda Garland

The Kids Sing - East Coast 2019

14 August 2019
TBC Hastings Ngaire Shand
06 8769388 / 029 8769388

The Kids Sing - Waikato / Bay of Plenty

24 October 2019
Southwell School, Hamilton Hamilton Jayne Tankersley

The Kids Sing - Wellington 2019

13 November 2019
St Mark's School, Wellington Wellington Anya Nazaruk