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Octagon Ensemble

11 July 2020
2:30pm
First Church Invercargill John Buchanan
John Buchanan
jbuchanan@xtra.co.nz
https://www.facebook.com/Octagon-Ensemble-Dunedin-114326446774342/

Octagon Ensemble presents music by Benjamin Britten, Eriks Esenvelds, Henry Purcell, Carlo Gesueldo, Kerensa Briggs, Dan Forrest & a Bob Chilcott arrangement of a U2 song. We also present the world premiere of a Shannon Wellington piece. Music by African-American composer Rosephayne Powell will be performed in recognition of the 'Black Lives Matter' movement.

Music Director - John Buchanan
Artistic Advisor & Vocal Coach - Tessa Romano
Organ - David Burchell
Piano - Sharon McLennan
Percussion - Daniel Dance
Strings - Sally Couper, Craig Monk, Anna Peterson and Alan Starrat

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Octagon Ensemble

12 July 2020
2:30pm
Knox Church Dunedin John Buchanan
John Buchanan
jbuchanan@xtra.co.nz
https://www.facebook.com/Octagon-Ensemble-Dunedin-114326446774342/
Octagon Ensemble presents music by Benjamin Britten, Eriks Esenvelds, Henry Purcell, Carlo Gesueldo, Kerensa Briggs, Dan Forrest & a Bob Chilcott arrangement of a U2 song. We also present the world premiere of a Shannon Wellington piece. Music by African-American composer Rosephayne Powell will be performed in recognition of the 'Black Lives Matter' movement.

Music Director - John Buchanan
Artistic Advisor & Vocal Coach - Tessa Romano
Organ - David Burchell
Piano - Sharon McLennan
Percussion - Daniel Dance
Strings - Sally Couper, Craig Monk, Anna Peterson and Alan Starrat

(P)simply Psalmody

Camerata Chamber Choir

25 July 2020
7.30pm
St George's Presbyterian Church, 2 The Terrace, Takapuna Auckland Matthew Howes
tickets@camerata.co.nz
www.camerata.co.nz

(P)simply Psalmody

We’re very excited to be back at last after Covid-19 lockdown, presenting a concert of two firsts: our first for 2020 and our first with our new Musical Director, Matthew Howes.

So it’s fitting that this concert spans from the beginnings of choral music as we know it until the present day.  In our world ravaged by Covid-19, we are reminded of the many calamities which have beset the world over the centuries.  The psalms, originating in the ancient Jewish world, offered comfort and hope.  This led to the beginnings of Christian community church singing, influenced as well by the music of other Mediterranean and European cultures, which in time gave birth to the wonderful choral repertoire we have available today.

Our concert will include traditional plainchant, Anglican chant and more modern versions of psalms, including Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42, Parry’s I was glad, Rutter’s Psalm 23, Matthias’ Let the people praise thee O Lord (composed for Charles’ and Diana’s wedding), and Matthew Howes’ Mau hoki a whakau (composed for St-Matthew-in-the-City in 2019).  We are delighted to be joined by Te Ohorere Williams as soprano soloist for the Mendelssohn.  Conducted by Matthew and accompanied by Janet Gibbs, we bring you a concert with a focus on community and ensemble singing.

We’d love to see you there:

  • When: 7.30 pm, 25 July 2020
  • Where: St George’s Presbyterian Church, 2 The Terrace, Takapuna
  • Tickets: $30 door sales, $10 students; $20 pre-sales from choir member or tickets@camerata.co.nz

Songs for Humanity

City Choir Dunedin

01 August 2020
5:30 pm
Knox Church DUNEDIN David Burchell
Leta Labuschange
027 684 4118
info@citychoirdunedin.org.nz
https://www.citychoirdunedin.org.nz/p/tickets.html

We dedicate this performance to the many thousands of people worldwide who have died in the COVID-19 pandemic. The music has been chosen for its message of hope, comfort and peace.

The highlight of this concert is Gabriel Fauré’s popular and very human Requiem mass.  Written in the late 19th century and purely ‘for the pleasure of it’, Fauré described his Requiem as a lullaby of death and of a happy deliverance, rather than a painful experience.  With distinctive colour and expressive shaping, it is sensitive, passionate and uplifting. Two young and aspiring Dunedin soloists, Scott Bezett and Caroline Burchell, will join City Choir in this performance.

Three contemporary works complete the programme.  New Zealander Christopher Marshall’s Pastorale, a work for men’s voices and soprano solo, is a setting of Psalm 23, ‘The Lord is my shepherd’.  Marshall has created a distinctive sound-world with strings, organ and shimmering vibraphone rhythms which provide a background to the men’s chorus and a soaring solo voice.

Song of the Universal, composed by the Norwegian, Ola Gjeilo, is a work for women’s voices, strings and piano.  Gjeilo is one of the most frequently performed contemporary choral composers.  Now resident in the US, he creates a distinctive sound-world, evolving a style that is often described as cinematic and evocative, with a lush, harmonious sound.  A prayer for ‘health, peace [and] salvation universal’ could not be more appropriate in these anxious times.

Completing the programme is Dona nobis pacem (‘Grant us peace’) by the Latvian composer Peteris Vasks, now one of the most influential and praised European contemporary composers.  Dona nobis pacem is an atmospheric and a tonally static work with chant-like melodic lines.  Although only three words are sung throughout, the enriched texture and increasing harmonic tension impart a pleading, and at times almost anguished intensity to the text before it ends in serenity and hope.

We are delighted that the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra will once again provide their excellent accompaniment to the choir’s voices.

Remembrance service

Taupo Choral Society

05 August 2020
7.30pm
Yet to be decided Taupo. New zealand. Merilyn Feickert
Jacqui Triscott
021 202 8102
jaist@slingshot.co.nz

This is a thanksgiving and remembrance service for our community coming through Covid 19. Remembering those who have died and their families. Paying tribute to the essential workers that helped us through this difficult time.

A Ceremony of Carols

Orpheus Choir Wellington

28 November 2020
6.30pm
Kapiti Performing Arts Centre Kapiti Brent Stewart
Nigel MacIntyre
021-245-0067
administrator@orpheuschoir.org.nz

Festive repertoire, centring on Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols" (additional repertoire tbc)

A Ceremony of Carols

The Orpheus Choir of Wellington

29 November 2020
3.00pm
St Mary of the Angels, Boulcott Street, Wellington Wellington Brent Stewart
Nigel MacIntyre
021-245-0067
administrator@orpheuschoir.org.nz
http://www.orpheuschoir.org.nz/

Festive repertoire, centring on Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols" (additional repertoire tbc)

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