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Singalong Messiah

Festival Singers of Wellington

02 December 2018
7.00 pm
Wesley Methodist Church - 75 Taranaki Street Wellington Jonathan Berkahn
Philip Garside - Secretary
04 475 8855

 NB: We have a new date for this concert 7 pm Sunday 2 December 2018.

Festival Singers is delighted to stage this event with Northern Chorale, Capital Choir and the Tawa Orchestra.

People wishing to sing are asked to bring their own Messiah scores.

More details to follow.



Secrets of the Armed Man

Tudor Consort

03 November 2018
Wellington Cathedral of St Paul Wellington Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

In the mid 15th century, a jaunty French tune became the most popular song in Europe, found its way into over 40 settings of the Latin Mass, and is still being used today.

Where did ‘L’Homme Armé’ come from? Was it just the name of a tavern, or a secret message to an elusive order of knights? At the same time, Constantinople, the last vestige of the Great Roman Empire, fell to the Ottoman Turks, and all of Europe mourned. What was the connection? The Tudor Consort explores ‘L’Homme Armé’ in its many guises, ancient and modern, and visits Byzantium in its final days.

Music Director Michael Stewart will give a pre-concert talk from 7pm explaining the story behind the music.

100 years: a Kiwi Armistice

Tauranga Civic Choir

11 November 2018
7.15 pm
Holy Trinity Church, Devonport Road, Tauranga Tauranga Nigel Williams
Lesley Brighting

A Kiwi Armistice: remembering the sights, sounds and songs of the Great War.  A mixture of secular and sacred music from the war years, featuring Tauranga Civic Choir and Tauranga City Brass, with narration by Tom Bradley and Elizabeth Price.

The Peacemakers

Ars Nova

11 November 2018
TSB Showplace NEW PLYMOUTH Christopher Luke
Christopher Luke
06 758 3111

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the End of World War One, Ars Nova Choir is pleased to present a very special performance to the Taranaki community. In collaboration with Ars Antiqua Chamber Orchestra, The Devon Hotel New Plymouth Brass, and choirs from New Plymouth Girls' High School and Sacred Heart Girls' College, this performance at the TSB Theatre TSB Showplace will present NZ composer Dwayne Bloomfield's "PASSCHENDAELE" and the NZ premiere of Karl Jenkins' great choral work "THE PEACEMAKERS".


"PASSCHENDAELE" was composed in remembrance of the World War One Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium during which New Zealand suffered the greatest loss of life in its military history. It was composed in 2009 for brass band by former NZ Army Bandmaster Dwayne Bloomfield. A moving performance was given by the NZ Army Band at the Centenary Commemoration of the Battle, at the New Zealand Memorial to the Missing in Polygon Wood, Belgium on 12 October 2017. Bloomfield writes "I like to compose descriptive music, and with "PASSCHENDAELE" I've taken the audience on a musical journey through the battle and its aftermath”.


"THE PEACEMAKERS", composed in 2012, offers inspiration and solace for a time in need of both. It features texts from some of the greatest peacemakers throughout history, including Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Anne Frank and Mother Teresa, as well as words from the Bible and the Qur’an with some new text specially written by Terry Waite. "THE PEACEMAKERS" is dedicated to the memory of all those who lost their lives during armed conflict and, in particular, innocent civilians. It was written with the hope of looking forward to a century of peace. Sadly, nothing much has changed. "The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace" has been enormously successful, having been performed nearly 1000 times in 20 different countries since the CD was released in 2001. In a sense, "THE PEACEMAKERS" is the much-anticipated sequel to "The Armed Man".


Admission: $30 and $25 (fees apply). Tickets available at www.ticketek.co.nz and TSB Showplace in October 2018.



Handel's Messiah

Christchurch City Choir

08 December 2018
Charles Luney Auditorium Christchurch Dr John Linker
Jody Keehan

The Christchurch City Choir accompanied by the CSO, Martin Setchell on organ, Grant Bartley on harpsichord with soloists:
Madison Nonoa - Soprano
Anna Pierard - Soprano
Simon O'Neill - Tenor
Joel Amosa - Bass

Armistice Concert for Peace

Christchurch City Choir

11 November 2018
Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Wigram Christchurch Philip Norman
Jody Keehan

Commemorative Peace Concert to celebrate the centenary of World War 1 Armistice Day, with Affiliated Organisations of the Christchurch Civic Music Council, is being held on Sunday 11th November 2018 from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.  

Members of Music Canterbury will perform a free variety concert concluding with a performance by Woolston Brass, ChCh City Choir and other affiliated groups.

“Pro Patria (massed item) written by Philip Norman with Woolston Brass

Individual group items featuring:

  • Christchurch City Choir
  • Neerlandia Choir
  • Cecilian Singers
  • All Singers’ Choir
  • Apollo Musicum

The venue for this concert is Air Force Museum of New Zealand (Wigram Air Base),45 Harvard Avenue, Wigram, Christchurch 8042.

Entry to the concert is free.


Oriana Singers in concert with Geelong Welsh Ladies Choir

Oriana Singers/ Geelong Welsh Ladies Choir

26 October 2018
Graham Young Theatre, Tauranga Boys College Tauranga Jeanette John
Denise Green

Oriana Singers are delighted to welcome Australia’s Geelong Welsh Ladies Choir to Tauranga on the final leg of their third tour to New Zealand, and to join them in concert on Friday 26 October at Graham Young Theatre, Tauranga Boys’ College.

The choir, which celebrates its 20th birthday this year, first toured New Zealand in 2010, when they performed in Auckland, Hamilton, Wanganui, Wellington, Nelson and Christchurch.  Four years later in 2014, the choir returned to New Zealand, performing in Wellington, Palmerston North, Napier and New Plymouth; and as guest choir at the bi-annual Gymanfa Ganu [Songs of Praise] hosted by the Welsh community in Rotorua.

This year the Geelong Welsh Ladies Choir returns to New Zealand for the Gymanfa Ganu, being held in New Plymouth.  The choir hopes also to have the opportunity for a “casual sing” in the Waitomo Caves, before travelling to Tauranga for their final concert, where they will be joined by Oriana Singers.  The repertoire for this concert includes Paul Simon’s “Sound of Silence”, “Gershwin for Girls”, Puccini’s “O Mio Bambino Caro” and “Morte Criste”.

Geelong Welsh Ladies Choir is led by reputed Welsh-born Musical Director Jeanette John [founding MD for the choir], and accompanied by Stefanie Gumienik.

Oriana Singers is led by regular MD Katrina Daniela, with accompanist Jacob Hartwell on piano.

Tickets for the concert, on Friday 26 October at 7pm, are available from Oriana Singers choir members or can be purchased at the door on the night

Choral Conducting Workshop

Hamilton Civic Choir

27 October 2018
St Paul's Collegiate School, Hukanui Rd Hamilton Hamilton Timothy Carpenter
Jo Arthur
07 843 1065

Whether you are a teacher, instrumentalist, singer, music student, conduct a school choir, a church choir, sing in a community choir or are just interested in the art of conducting, this workshop will benefit you!

Under the tutelage of Timothy Carpenter, this conducting workshop will consist of sessions in beat patterns, gesture, score preparation and analysis and rehearsal technique with one of New Zealand’s finest community choirs.

View the event flyer it contains the payment details, times, agenda, repertoire, location...etc

Link to flyer -> https://hamiltoncivicchoir.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/conductingworkshop2018_full_v6.pdf
Another way to view the flyer is to go to the news page on our website, and click on the conducting workshop event. The link to the flyer is there also.

All ages, experience and abilities are welcome to this workshop. This workshop is limited to 10 spaces. Bookings close 24 October. Your booking for this workshop will be secured once payment has been made.

Feelin' Good!

Greater Auckland Chorus

27 October 2018
2pm & 7pm
Mangere Arts Centre Auckland Jocosa Bruce
Raenette Taljaard

A Cappella at its feel-good best!

“Feelin’ Good’ is a choreographed a cappella show filled to the brim with vibrant, upbeat songs from then and now, arranged in the Barbershop style. Come and join us for an evening of foot tapping melodies, ringing chords and feel-good lyrics, along with nostalgic, heartwarming golden oldies. Joining us are guest performers such as Tamashii Taiko drummers, two Jaye's Dance School hip-hop groups,  Molto! and Compass quartets, as well as a Young Women in Harmony group, under the direction of Melody Lowe. This show is family friendly and suitable for all ages.

The Greater Auckland Chorus is the current AA Category Winners for New Zealand region of Sweet Adelines International, directed by Master Director Jocosa Bruce.


Stage and Screen

Christchurch Pops Choir

03 November 2018
3pm and 7.30pm
St Margaret's College Christchurch Matthew Everingham
Sue Bealing
02102 728919

Music from stage and screen has a place in many people’s hearts, and with this in mind The Christchurch Pops Choir is excited to present its final concert of 2018: STAGE AND SCREEN.

This concert will feature some of the most beloved songs from film and theatre through the ages - from the golden age of Broadway and Hollywood, through to the rock and pop hits from stage and screen today. Featuring music from films such as La-La Land, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Once, and James Bond, and musicals such as Mary Poppins, Hello Dolly, Avenue Q and Wicked!, this concert promises to impress.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Matthew Everingham the choir will present the music of some of the most well known composers in stage and screen from John Williams, Danny Elfman, Stephen Sondheim and Stephen Schwartz to artists such as Elton John, Adele, The Who and Annie Lennox.

Whether a film buff or musical-theatre afficionado, this concert aims to excite audiences and capture the imagination. Don’t miss the Christchurch Pops Choir at the top of its game, accompanied by a full stage band, before it tours to perform in Carnegie Hall, New York in 2019.

Pop Stars Plus...

City of Auckland Singers

03 November 2018
All Saints Church, 17 Selwyn Rd, Howick Auckland Sue Murray
Raewyn Dakers
021 038 2785, 09 521 4651

The City of Auckland Singers present their annual concert of popular music, featuring songs by Carole King, Ed Sheeran, Meghan Trainor, the Beatles, Michael Buble, Moana and more...

From Armed to Armistice

The Hamilton Civic Choir

10 November 2018
Dr. John Gallagher Concert Chamber, University of Waikato, Hamilton Hamilton Timothy Carpenter
Jo Arthur

New Zealand proudly recognises the service of many men and women in both World Wars - and indeed of ongoing international conflict - through Anzac and Armistice Day commemorations. Hamilton Civic Choir is marking this significant day with a special commemoration concert, under the direction of conductor Timothy Carpenter.

To mark the anniversary, Hamilton Civic Choir will be performing two large and three short works. Joseph Haydn’s Mass in Time for War, also known as Paukenmesse (timpani mass), was written in 1796 as Napoleon Bonaparte and the French Grande Armée were preparing to invade Austria. The work calls for four virtuosic soloists, a heavily involved choir and a prominent timpani part, referring to the drums of battle. The other large work is Paul Mealor’s Stabat Mater. This text is the last spoken words of Mary as she stood at the foot of the cross watching her son die. Although, not a text designated to reflect on the war, it describes the agony of a Mother losing her son and reminds the reader of his sacrifice to the world. It is a famous, beautifully emotional text and this modern and dramatic setting is sure to stir the emotions. The choir also performs Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Lord Thou Hast Been Our Refuge, written in the aftermath of the composer's wartime experience, Johannes Brahms’ Geistliches Lied and New Zealand composer Andrew Baldwin’s setting of For the Fallen.


The Jubilate Singers' Singalong Messiah

Jubilate Singers

18 November 2018
Christchurch Transitional Cathedral CHRISTCHURCH Guest Conductor: Grant Bartley
Vivien Hicks
027 842 8236

Have you ever wanted to burst into song at a Handel’s Messiah concert?  Here’s your big chance! Join in with the Jubilate Singers to sing all your favourite choruses and enjoy our line-up of popular soloists. (limited scores are available so bring your own scores, or download choruses from www.jubilate.org.nz)

A Fundraising concert for the Restoration of the Christ Church Cathedral.

Guest Music Director: Grant Bartley

With: David Burchell, Dunedin City Organist

Soloists: Susan Densem – Soprano

Margot Button – Alto

Frank Carter – Tenor

Robert Tucker – Bass

Riley Payne & Nina Noble - Trumpets

Sam Gibbs - Percussion

Ticketing details:

Advance bookings: phone Vivien Hicks 0278428236: email vivienhicks@gmail.com to order tickets.  Tickets $25/$20 (unwaged). Primary children free.  Door sales (cash only).  Cash donations preferred.

End of year concert

Dunedin RSA Choir

19 November 2018
7:30 pm
Dunedin Town Hall Dunedin Karen Knudson
John McDermott
022 313 0807

The Dunedin RSA Choir presents their end of year concert in November 2018.

Guests include the Logan Park Jazz Band, Rhiannon Cooper, Ralph Miller and Grace Togneri.

Bookings at Ticketmaster, Regent Theatre, and Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Beethoven 9


23 November 2018
Michael Fowler Centre Wellington Edo de Waart

Beethoven Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
with Voices New Zealand

Music Director Edo de Waart’s final Masterworks concerts for 2018 highlight two milestones in not only Beethoven’s career, but the symphonic repertoire. Hear in one concert the composer’s journey from Classical to Romantic and in the process changing music forever.

The First Symphony is from a young Beethoven, already making his name in Vienna as a pianist and composer. While it owes a debt to Haydn, it also shows a composer hungry to explore and experiment.

His gargantuan Symphony No. 9, written when he had become completely deaf, is one of his greatest and most loved works. With four fantastic soloists – soprano Madeleine Pierard, mezzo-soprano Kristin Darragh, tenor Simon O’Neill and bass Anthony Robin Schneider – and premiere choir Voices New Zealand for the fourth movement’s ‘Ode to Joy’, this is an event no one should miss.

Beethoven 9


24 November 2018
Auckland Town Hall, Great Hall Auckland Edo de Waart

Beethoven Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
with Voices New Zealand

Music Director Edo de Waart’s final Masterworks concerts for 2018 highlight two milestones in not only Beethoven’s career, but the symphonic repertoire. Hear in one concert the composer’s journey from Classical to Romantic and in the process changing music forever.

The First Symphony is from a young Beethoven, already making his name in Vienna as a pianist and composer. While it owes a debt to Haydn, it also shows a composer hungry to explore and experiment.

His gargantuan Symphony No. 9, written when he had become completely deaf, is one of his greatest and most loved works. With four fantastic soloists – soprano Madeleine Pierard, mezzo-soprano Kristin Darragh, tenor Simon O’Neill and bass Anthony Robin Schneider – and premiere choir Voices New Zealand for the fourth movement’s ‘Ode to Joy’, this is an event no one should miss.

The Magic of Christmas

Christchurch City Chorus

15 December 2018
Harmony Church, 220 Antigua Street, Christchurch Central Christchurch Virginia Humphrey-Taylor
Jeannette McGrath
021 976 572

Christmas is one of the most eagerly awaited events of the year. This year we will bring you “The Magic of Christmas”. A celebration of magical wonder & timeless tradition, featuring 11th time Sweet Adelines national champions Christchurch City Chorus and friends.

15 December 2018 2.00pm matinee and 7.00pm evening show
Tickets $25 Adults - $20 Seniors - $10 School Children
Harmony Church Auditorium, 220 Antigua Street, Christchurch Central

BOOK your tickets NOW from www.ccchorus.co.nz (Credit Card facility available)
Or contact Jeannette McGrath jpmcgrath@xtra.co.nz ph 021976572

Thank you for your support.
Christchurch City Chorus

Handel, Messiah - 100 Hallelujahs

Auckland Choral

16 December 2018
16/12/2018 - 5.00pm, 17/12/2018 - 7.30pm
Auckland Town Hall Auckland Uwe Grodd
Carey McDonald
027 403 1222

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

Auckland Choral

International guest choirs including Brisbane Chorale, City Choir Dunedin

Pipers Sinfonia

Uwe Grodd, Conductor

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.