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1st NZ Choral Academy

VOICES NZ, NZ Secondary Students' Choir, NZ Youth Choir

25 January 2019
Auckland Diocesan School Auckland Dr Karen Grylls, David Squire and more
Emma Billings
+64 (0)4 499 0692

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.

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.

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.