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Celebrate Christmas

Camerata Chamber Choir

30 November 2019
St George's Church, Takapuna Auckland Jenny Firth

Celebrate Christmas - and our journey with Jenny

A celebration indeed! Who doesn’t love the buzz and summer optimism of Christmas? And, while we are sad to be farewelling Jenny as our conductor, we want to celebrate the wonderful decade of music we have shared with her. So in this concert we will present some of Jenny’s and Camerata’s favourites. We’ll begin with some lighter pieces, very much part of our Christmas tradition, including works by Andrew Carter, Will Todd, NZ’s own Peter Godfrey, John Rutter, and the inspiring Morten Lauridsen, as well as some familiar carols (yes, you will get the chance to join in). Then we’ll sing a selection of choruses from Handel’s Messiah. We’ll lift up our heads, sing ‘hallelujah’ and a resounding ‘amen’, among other favourites. We are delighted that soprano Elizabeth Mandeno and tenor Lachlan Craig will add delicious solo arias in amongst the choruses. To our great pleasure, Janet Gibbs, master pianist and organist, will provide musical accompaniment and enhancement. This concert will demonstrate our joy in music and Jenny’s wonderful conducting, and our optimism for the future.

As usual there will be a raffle and, after the concert we would love you to join us for supper in the hall.

Tickets: $30 door sales; $20 pre-sales (from choir member or email tickets@camerata.co.nz); children under 13 yrs free.

Shore Singers 44th Annual Concert

Shore Singers

17 November 2019
St George Presbyterian Chruch North Shore Beth Donnell
Kerry Johnstone

Shore Singers is a mixed choir based on the North Shore. Its repertoire for its 44th Concert includes  songs from the classical to the modern  including: Caccini, Mozart, Irving Berlin, Leonard Cohen  plus guest artistes. As always a great afternoon tea follows the Concert.

Song and Dance

Viva Voce

17 November 2019
Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall Auckland John Rosser
Sue Fletcher
0800 VIVA VOCE (0800 8482 8623)

In a fitting end to an exciting year, let us swing you breathlessly (if metaphorically) across the concert floor, dipping and swirling to bourées, boleros and beguines by such choral dance masters as Bach, Byrd and Britten; Pilkington, Porter and Piazzolla; Hassler, Holst and Hamilton. Come, trip the light fantastic with us, as we show you why at one time ‘chorus’ and ‘dance’ meant the same thing… and in some ways still do!

Duke Ellington's Sacred Songs

Ars Nova

17 November 2019
Te Henui Chapel, Lemon Street, New Plymouth New Plymouth Christopher J Luke
Jenny Sorensen
06 7582705 / 0274-553-657

In the last decade of his life, Duke Ellington wrote three Sacred Concerts: A Concert of Sacred Music (1965), Second Sacred Concert (1968) and Third Sacred Concert (1973). Ellington called these concerts "the most important thing I have ever done". He said many times that he was not trying to compose a liturgical “Mass" (liturgy). One critic characterised these concerts as “Ellington bringing the Cotton Club revue to the church.”
Ars Nova Choir is delighted to present Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert in a performance which captures the very best of the three original Sacred Concerts. We are very pleased to have Taranaki born and bred Lauren Nottingham (now based in Wellington) to bring here amazing jazz vocals to this concert backed by the newly formed Ars Antiqua Big Band, showcasing a few Taranaki’s leading jazz musicians.

BMNZ: Wagner Gala Concert incl Art Exhibition

Bach Musica NZ

22 November 2019
Rannoch, 77 Almorah Road, Epsom, Auckland 1023 Auckland n/a
Glenys Riggir
09 309 2224

Bach Musica NZ's Wagner Gala Concert: Experience the extraordinary music of Richard Wagner, performed by some of New Zealand's top artists. We look forward to seeing you there!

Music by Richard Wagner (1813-1883):

  • Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
  • Das Rheingold
  • Tannhäuser
  • Tristan und Isolde
  • Piano Sonata in A Flat Major, WWV 85
  • Wesendonck Lieder, WWV 91, five songs for Mezzo Soprano

Kristin Darragh | Mezzo Soprano
Martin Snell | Bass
Rosemary Barnes | Piano

$75 General Admission

Includes free wine, gourmet snacks and art exhibition.

Art Exhibition from 7.30pm; Concert at 8pm.

Book early to avoid disappointment. Spaces are strictly limited.
To book go to bachmusica.com/otherevents

Many thanks to the Wallace Arts Trust and our Patron Sir James Wallace for their ongoing support.

09 309 2224

Christmas Allsorts

Christchurch City Chorus

30 November 2019
Charles Luney Aditorium Christchurch Virginia Humphrey-Taylor
Christchurch City Chorus
0800 289 849

Early bird tickets $20 - ends 15 October midnight
Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margaret's College, 12 Winchester Street

Join in the fun and get into the spirit of Christmas
Enjoy the performances of a wonderful band and Christchurch Choirs

Great line-up of choirs and artists
Voice Company
A Cappella Quartets
Women in Harmony
Christchurch City Chorus
Anthony G Deyn & Becky Mayes
Leopard Coachlines Canterbury Brass

Christchurch City Council Christmas Choir
Canterbury Japanese Choir
Canterbury Lawyers’ Choir

Tickets available from i-SITE Visitor Information (Arts Centre) 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch.
Or book tickets online or phone 0800 289 849
Wheelchair access available.
See you there!

Handel's Messiah

Palmerston North Choral Society

30 November 2019
7.30 pm
Regent theatre, Broadway, P. Nth. Palmerston North Alison Stewart
Kathy Love
06 3579200

Palmerston North Choral Society, in its centenary year, will be performing Handel's Messiah on the 30 November. This will be the 54th Messiah presented by Choral Society in its 100 years and promises to be a wonderful performance of this well-loved oratorio. A 70 strong choir will be accompanied by the Manawatu Sinfonia orchestra and Roy Tankersley playing harpsichord continuo. Nationally recognised  soloists will be soprano Janey MacKenzie, alto Ellen Barrett, tenor John Beaglehole and bass David Morriss - a special concert to mark a special centenary celebration.

Vivaldi's Gloria

Whangarei Choral

30 November 2019
2.30 PM
Christ Church Anglican Church Whangarei Lisbe Jooste
Craig Blockley

On Saturday 30 November Whangarei Choral will be presenting Vivaldi's Gloria under the direction of Lisbe Jooste. Soloists are Emma Couper, Emma Blood Mouat and Sarah Kent-Whittles. In the second half the choir will be joined by the Youth Choir and our soloists, Emma, Emma and Sarah will provide us with further entertainment.

The concert will be held at Christ Church Anglican Church which is at 2 Kamo Road in Regent. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 16 years and under. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Carols for Christmas

Oriana Singers

30 November 2019
St.Peters in the City, corner Cameron Road & Spring Street Tauranga Katrina Daniela
Betty Geiser
021 0233 9049

Christmas is Coming!

Tauranga's Oriana Singers present “Carols for Christmas”, different Christmas carols some for the audience to sing along as a first part, guest artist Maegan Jones on the piano before a short interval and  Joseph Martin’s cantata ‘Season of Wonders’ as second part. Soloist Regan McFarlane conducted by Katrina Daniela and accompanied by Leon Gray

BMNZ: Vivaldi, Bach, Dvořák & Wagner

Bach Musica NZ

01 December 2019
Auckland Town Hall Auckland Rita Paczian
Glenys Riggir
09 309 2224

Baroque Treasures & Romantic Fanfare

All four pieces often on classical highlights CDs thanks to their huge popularity all over the world. Live they are even better!


Antonio Lucio Vivaldi - Gloria
Johann Sebastian-Bach - Concerto for Oboe & Violin
Antonín Dvořák - Te Deum & Slavic Dance No 2
Richard Wagner - Song to the Evening Star

PRESENTED BY BACH MUSICA NZ orchestra and chorus

Rita Paczian conductor
Morag Atchison - soprano
Emma Roxburgh soprano
Kate Spence alto
Martin Snell bass
Alison Dunlop oboe
Yanghe Yu violin


$30 - $70 general admission
$15 - $55 under 16 and students with valid ID

09 970 9700 | 0800 111 999
Booking fees may apply.
Tickets also at the door.

More info on
www.bachmusica.com | Facebook | Instagram

Christmas Concert

Festival Singers of Wellington

01 December 2019
St John’s Anglican Church, Johnsonville Wellington Ingrid Schoenfeld
Philip Garside

Further details to follow

Choral Gems

The Bay of Islands Singers

01 December 2019
John Dalton Auditorium, Turner Centre, Kerikeri Kerikeri John Jackets
Denise Pitts
09 407 4606

"Choral Gems"


Soprano – TBA

Mezzo-Soprano – Jessica Wells

Tenor – Andrew Grenon

Baritone – James Harrison

Organ – Michael Bell  and Guest orchestra
Conductor – John Jackets

Britten - Ceremony of Carols

Charpentier - Messe de Minuit

Salieri - Organ Concerto

Haydn - Nelson Mass

Benjamin Britten wrote his cantata, A Ceremony of Carols, during World War II while crossing the Atlantic. It is a collection of short of medieval poems with Christmas themes which have become firm favourites with both choirs and audiences.

French composer Charpentier’s delightful Messe de Minuit pour Noel (Christmas Mass) is based on French folksongs for Christmas most of which are dance like in character.

The second half of the concert will begin with the third movement from Antonio Salieri’s organ concerto written in 1773 and ends with Haydn’s stunning “Nelson Mass”, arguably his greatest composition long associated with Nelson’s victory over Napoleon.

"Welcome, Yule!"

Wanganui Schola Sacra Choir

07 December 2019
Christ Church, 243 Wicksteed St, Wanganui Wanganui Iain Tetley
Christine Soulsby

Schola Sacra is very pleased to present this year’s festive Christmas Concert, “Welcome, Yule!” The concert will feature a variety of favourite carols, and some less well known but very entertaining music, with plenty of opportunity for audience participation. Leonard Cave will be playing the organ, and afternoon tea will be provided afterwards. All are welcome!

Tickets, at $20 for adults and $15 for concessions, with Under-18s free of charge, can be obtained at the Royal Wanganui Opera House, from choir members, or at the door.



07 December 2019
Risingholme Theatre, 99 Hawford Road or 22 Cholmondeley Avneue, Opawa Christchurch Henry Nicholson
Jill Willmott
03 388 3235

Risingholme Singers present "King of Love" (A Christmas Musical)

Accompanist: William Grubb

Guest Artists: Amy Clough (Oboe) and Gabriel Baird (Piano)

A Choral Christmas

Taranaki Male Choir with Living Harmony and Stratford Singers

08 December 2019
2.00 pm
Whiteley Memorial Church, Liardet Street, New Plymouth New Plymouth Leon Paix, Beth Hockey and Peter Copeland
Terry Stowers
021 418 194

A Christmas Cracker

South Brighton Voices

08 December 2019
St Johns Church, Ferry Rd/St Johns St, Woolston Christchurch Diane Coad
Helen Buxton

Featuring guest artists Molly's Remedy.

Handel's Messiah

Hastings Choral

08 December 2019
4.00 pm
Village Baptist Church, Te Aute Road, Havelock North Hastings Joe Christensen
Frances Tod

Messiah - The World's Most Loved Choral Work

City Choir Dunedin

10 December 2019
7:30 pm
Dunedin Town Hall Dunedin David Burchell
Leta Labuschagne

“…the sheer variety of invention continues to astonish”

Handel’s Messiah is heard around the world during the Christmas season, being greatly appreciated and enjoyed. City Choir Dunedin with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Burchell, is pleased to again perform this oratorio. Together with our soloists, soprano Rebecca Ryan, alto Tessa Romano, tenor Andrew Grenon and bass Joel Amosa, we will provide a fantastic opportunity for you to experience a world-class delivery of this dramatic and passionate work.

Handel began composing Messiah on August 22, 1741, and completed it twenty-four days later. The scholar Clifford Bartlett writes, “such speed was not unusual, nor was the time of year. . . Bach could produce a cantata, organizing the copying of parts, and rehearse and perform it every week. Three weeks to compose an oratorio without the immediate responsibility for organizing the performance was, therefore, ample. But, however hasty the composition, the power of the musical imagination, the wealth of ideas, the depth of inspiration, and the sheer variety of invention continue to astonish.”

Messiah is probably Handel's most famous work and its ubiquity has outreached anything Handel could ever have envisaged.

A Christmas Festival

The Bach Choir of Wellington and The Wellington Brass Band

14 December 2019
St. Mary of the Angels Wellington Shawn Michael Condon and Matthew Stein

Leipzig Farewell Concert

The Bach Choir of Wellington

06 June 2020
Wellington Shawn Michael Condon

The Bach Choir of Wellington will present our programme that we will perform at Thomaskirche in Leipzig as part of BachFest2020.  The programme will feature three of Bach's cantatas: BWV 9 Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, BWV 100 Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, and BWV 112 Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt


The Orpheus Choir of Wellington

20 June 2020
Wellington Cathedral of St Paul Wellington Brent Stewart
Nigel MacIntyre

The opening concert in Orpheus' 2020 programme, showcasing Glorias from both Vivaldi and Poulenc

Mass in B minor

The Orpheus Choir of Wellington

19 September 2020
Michael Fowler Centre Wellington Brent Stewart
Nigel MacIntyre

Reperoire - Bach's Mass in B ninor

A Ceremony of Carols

The Orpheus Choir of Wellington

28 November 2020
St Mary of the Angels, Boulcott Street, Wellington Wellington Brent Stewart
Nigel MacIntyre

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