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 firstname.lastname@example.org); children under 13 yrs free.
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.
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!
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.
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):
$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
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
~ FEATURING ~
A Cappella Quartets
Women in Harmony
Christchurch City Chorus
Anthony G Deyn & Becky Mayes
Leopard Coachlines Canterbury Brass
~ AFTERNOON SHOW ONLY ~
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!
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.
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.
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
PRESENTED BY BACH MUSICA NZ orchestra and chorus
$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.
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.
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.
Risingholme Singers present "King of Love" (A Christmas Musical)
Accompanist: William Grubb
Guest Artists: Amy Clough (Oboe) and Gabriel Baird (Piano)
Featuring guest artists Molly's Remedy.
“…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.
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 opening concert in Orpheus' 2020 programme, showcasing Glorias from both Vivaldi and Poulenc
Festive repertoire, centring on Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols" (additional repertoire tbc)