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Friends of Pataka Winter Music Series - Concert

Festival Singers of Wellington

05 August 2018
Pataka - Porirua Museum Porirua Jonathan Berkahn
Philip Garside - Secretary
04 475 8855
books@pgpl.co.nz
https://festivalsingers.wordpress.com/

Haydn's Creation

Festival Singers of Wellington

24 June 2018
2.00 pm
Khandallah Presbyterian Church, 33 Ganges Road, Khandallah, Wellington Wellington Jonathan Berkahn
Philip Garside - Secretary
04 475 8855
books@pgpl.co.nz
https://festivalsingers.wordpress.com/

Haydn’s Creation

 2.00pm, Sunday 24 June 2018

 Khandallah Presbyterian Church

33 Ganges Road, Khandallah, Wellington

Featuring:
Soprano – Rowena Simpson
Tenor – Tehezib Lathiff
Bass – William McElwee
&
Heather Easting – organ

Tickets from Choir members
or email Philip to pay online: books@pgpl.co.nz

Door sales available

Singalong Messiah

Festival Singers of Wellington

24 November 2018
7.00 pm
Wesley Methodist Church - 75 Taranaki Street Wellington Jonathan Berkahn
Philip Garside - Secretary
04 475 8855
books@pgpl.co.nz
https://festivalsingers.wordpress.com/

Great Opera Choruses with guest Mezzo Soprano Cecily Shaw

Wanganui Male Choir

01 July 2018
2.30pm
Central Baptist Church, Wicksteed Street, Whanganui WHANGANUI Margaret Thompson
Oliver Lane
063489363
oliverlane@xtra.co.nz

Colossal Chorale

Orpheus Choir of Wellington

01 July 2018
2.00pm
St Mary of the Angels Boulcott St Wellington Brent Stewart
www.orpheuschoir.org.nz

Old American Songs

Kapiti Chamber Choir

15 July 2018
TBA
Kapiti Eric Sedoti

THE POWER OF THREE

Viva Voce

24 June 2018
3.30pm
Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall Auckland John Rosser
Rowena Janes Post
0800 VIVA VOCE (0800 8482 8623)
info@vivavoce.org.nz
www.vivavoce.org.nz

Viva Voce turns 33 this year. Not normally a reason for massive celebration, but three is a number that has fascinated mathematicians, scientists, philosophers, theologians and superstitious people over many centuries. And now us! In a traditional VV themed programme, presented in our wonted theatrical and light-hearted style, we’ll sing you a colourful variety of madrigals, part-songs, folk songs and lighter numbers, all grouped around or based on the aforementioned number. You’ll need to book early: ‘Three’ is a crowd!

"The Sprig of Thyme" and other folk songs of the British Isles

Oriana Singers [Inc]

23 June 2018
2.30pm
St Andrew's Church, Mt Maunganui [23rd] and Otumoetai Baptist Church, Otumoetai [24th] MT MAUNGANUI, TAURANGA Katrina Daniela
Terry Fulljames
021 0266 8684
terry.fulljames@gmail.com
www.orianasingers.nz

The Oriana Singers, under the baton of regular Musical Director Katrina Daniela, take pleasure in presenting John Rutter's "The Sprig of Thyme", a cycle of folk songs telling ordinary peoples' stories, traditionally passed from generation to generation.

In "The Sprig of Thyme", Rutter has gathered 11 songs from across the British Isles and Ireland from ‘The Bold Grenadier’ to ‘Flow Gently Sweet Afton’ which, tell about the complexities of human life and love.  Rutter's arrangements of these numbers are at once simple, complex and compelling, and bring new life to the songs.

Rutter has said of this ensemble: ‘The Sprig of Thyme is an affectionate tribute to the composers and poets; a few were renowned, most were obscure or unknown, but the songs they created were famous, and I remember them fondly.'

To complement ‘The Sprig of Thyme’, the choir will perform a further selection of folk songs from across the British Isles, including ‘Danny Boy’, ‘Linden Lea’, ‘The Ash Grove’ and a modern arrangement of ‘Greensleeves’, all of which we hope will also appeal to our audiences.

Acappella Afternoon

Waikato Rivertones Chorus

24 June 2018
2.00pm
Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Waikato University Hamilton Kate Sinclair
Adrienne Windsor
0272913086
windsoradrienne@gmail.com
www.waikatorivertones.com

A fabulous afternoon of acappella entertainment with Stellar Singers, from Auckland.  Supporting acts include quartets Cosmic, Heist and Rogue.

Pohutukawa Singers mid year concert

Pohutukawa Singers

29 June 2018
7.30 pm
Albany Presbyterian Church Auckland - Albany Arthur Close
Colin Newel
021 0249 9925
candcnewel@gmail.com
https://pohutukawasingers.wordpress.com

A lovely selection of jazz, modern, traditional, sacred, musical, pop, spiritual etc items for Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass singers.

“Reflections at Matariki ”

Auckland Welsh Choir

30 June 2018
3pm
St Barnabas Church, 283, Mt Eden Rd, Auckland Diana Rhodes Williams
Karen Brook, Secretary AWC
secawc@gmail.com
www.aucklandwelshchoir.nz

For our concert at the chilliest time of the year AWC has chosen to reflect on Matariki, translated as “little eyes” and known as the time of Maori New Year. Selections were guided by the wide, beautiful and varied choral repertoire about moon and stars, as this is the season of Pleiades.

In this constellation of about one thousand stars is the star cluster of The Seven Sisters, which are the seven stars plainly visible to the naked eye in mid-winter. Amongst the choral pieces you will also delight in a variety of music, including beautiful lieder and arias sung by Steven Rapana, our guest tenor, and a charming flute serenade from Vicky Williams.

We follow the concert with our usual complimentary and warming glass of mulled wine beside the cosy warmth of the St Barnabas fire.

Christchurch Pops Choir Unplugged

Christchurch Pops Choir

30 June 2018
3pm
The Piano, 156 Armagh St, Christchurch Christchurch Matthew Everingham
Sue Bealing
02102 728919
info@christchurchpopschoir.co.nz
www.christchurchpopschoir.co.nz

Shake off those mid-winter blues and come to the acoustic heart of the city: to the Piano on 30 June 3pm.

Our very own Christchurch Pops Choir will thrill you with performances of favourite pop songs sung ‘a cappella’, ‘un-plugged’, ‘au natural’ and in delectable four-part harmony.

While away an hour or so, lost in music, listening to Pop classics by Abba, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Pink, and many more. There’s something for everyone and you are sure to come away humming your favourite tune.

 

Colours Concert

The Glamaphones

30 June 2018
7:00pm
St Andrews on the Terrace Wellington Rachel Hyde

A Winter's Feast

Hibiscus Coast Singers

30 June 2018
3:30pm
Red Beach Methodist Church, 76 Red Beach Road Hibiscus Coast, Rodney Robyn Allen-Goudge
Robyn Haydon
09 426 6043 | 021 563 304
hbcmusicsociety@gmail.com
hbcsingers.com

Hibiscus Coast Singers are proud to present their mid-year concert. A special concert for the choir and our new conductor Robyn Allen-Goudge. "Come in Stay a While" and enjoy our blend of choral classics including Vivaldi and contemporary pieces new to our repertoire such as 'Blue Skies' and 'Any Dream Will Do'.

Tribute to War Heroes

Mid Canterbury Choir

01 July 2018
2pm
Sinclair Centre, Park Street, Ashburton Ashburton Kathy McKimmie
Carol Gunn
0272872468
thegunnclan@xtra.co.nz
www.mcc.ashburtonline.co.nz

Concert Tribute

The choir will pay tribute to our War Heroes in song and readings.  11-11-1918 is Armistice Day – the choir will be presenting Messiah at this time, so we decided to make this concert our tribute to the brave men and women who fought in the war, those who supported them and those who remained at home.

 

Songs

A wide range of songs remembering our brave soldiers – When Johnny Comes Marching Home, In Flanders Fields, For the Fallen to name a few.  Also the songs the troups often sang to raise their own morale – Abide With Me, O Holy Night.

 

The audience will be invited to sing Quartermasters Store, We’ll Meet Again and Now is the Hour with the choir.

 

Choir member, Elizabeth Small, will sing a bracket of Vera Lynn songs including everyone’s favourite, The White Cliffs of Dover.

Peace Be With Them

Palmerston North Choral Society

07 July 2018
7.30 pm
St Peter's Church, Ruahine Street, Palmerston North PALMERSTON NORTH Alison Stewart
Kathy Love
06 3579200
kathylove132@hotmail.com
google Choirquire

Palmerston North Choral Society, in its 99th year, presents choral works commemorating the end of World War One and providing solace to the grieving.

New Zealand composer, David Hamilton, has written 7 haunting songs which capture the bravery, sacrifice and terrible waste suffered in that war, and in all wars.

Howard Goodall's deeply moving work, Eternal Light: A Requiem, premiered in London in 2008. It centres on those who are left behind to grieve the loss of someone close. He described it as "a Requiem for the living" and uses poetry and hymns alongside the more familiar text of the mass.

NZSSC Farewell Concert - On tour 2018

New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir

07 July 2018
7.30pm
Michael Park School, Ellerslie Auckland Andrew Withington
Anna Bowron
211134520
nzssc@xtra.co.nz
http://www.nzsschoir.com/events/

Come and hear this amazing national choir at their very best before they depart on tour to Hong Kong and Shanghai. Repertoire includes Pachelbel, Sydney Guillaume, Eric Whitacre, David N. Childs, Puanaki Whanau, and a new piece from David Hamilton, commissioned with support of the Creative New Zealand Asia Co-Commissioning Fund. The very next day the choir departs on tour to Asia, working with local choirs, NZ Consulate Generals in both Hong Kong and Shanghai, and as Resident Choir at the Belt and Road World Choir Festival.

“Throughout their concert the choir sang with great commitment, magnificent tone and technique and a marvellous feeling for the style of each work. What was surprising, however, was the freshness and feeling of spontaneity, qualities that can only reflect the hours of hard work that have gone in to ensure the success of this concert”.
Stephen Fisher, reviewer for Stuff Palmerston North, January 2018

Ave Maria

The Hamilton Civic Choir

14 July 2018
05:00pm
St Peter's Cathedral, Hamilton Hamilton Timothy Carpenter
Jo Arthur
021448383
secretary@hamiltoncivicchoir.org.nz
www.hamiltoncivicchoir.org.nz

 

AVE MARIA: Absorb the calm and serene atmosphere of St Peter’s Cathedral while enjoying an excellent performance of one of this country’s finest choirs. Among the stained glass windows, Gothic arches and dulcet organ pipes, Hamilton Civic Choir led by Timothy Carpenter will perform a corpus of sacred music in honour of Mary, Mother of Christ.

 

Mary, the mother of Jesus, commonly referred to as Mary, Mother of God, Saint Mary, Virgin Mary and Blessed Virgin Mary, is one of the most admired figures in Scripture and considered by many to be the greatest of all Christian saints. While her life held great honour, her calling also required great suffering. Though there was joy in motherhood, there was great pain in the privilege of being the mother of Christ.

 

The Hamilton Civic Choir present its mid-winter concert entitled “Ave Maria” and will feature choral favourites such as the blazing but festive “Magnificat” by Bach (BWV 243), “A Hymn to the Virgin” composed by a juvenile Britten, Rachmaninoff’s “Bogoroditse Devo” praised as “the greatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church”, and Allegri’s masterpiece “Miserere Mei”. The programme will also feature Marian motets and settings by an array of composers spanning from the Renaissance to the 21st Century including New Zealand’s own David Griffiths and David Childs.

 

The choir will be accompanied by the Cathedral’s recently refurbished organ, played by Timothy Carpenter, with Assistant Musical Director and Répétiteur extraordinaire Francis Cowan who will conduct the opening of Bach’s “Magnificat”, the “Collegium Regale” by Howells and the beautifully sombre “Stabat Mater” by Pergolesi.

 

Timothy says “I have always been keen to do a choral concert with musical settings celebrating Mary, mother of Christ. Texts like Luke 46 (the Magnificat) and the Ave Maria are some of the most widely known to church goers, audiences and singers, and are used in both sacred liturgical and secular contexts. It will be fun and educational to perform settings of the same texts but with a wide range of styles, composers, difficulties and influences.”

 

Recent auditions have resulted in a dozen new singers joining the choir and Chairperson Koli Jayatunge says that the tour to New York’s Carnegie Hall in April this year has also given the choir a joie de vivre as they look forward to delighting audiences. This year’s programming includes a concert in September where the choir will perform Bach’s “St John’s Passion” in collaboration with St Matthews Chamber Orchestra, and a concert in November commemorating the Centenary of the First World War Armistice.

 

What? Ave Maria

When? Saturday, July 14th at 5pm (followed by supper and refreshments)

Where? St Peter’s Cathedral, 51 Victoria Street, Hamilton

Tickets? $35 adults, $25 concessions including students, from www.iticket.co.nz

More Information: contact secretary@hamiltoncivicchoir.org.nz

Beethoven & Beyond

Auckland Choral

26 July 2018
7.30pm
Auckland Town Hall Auckland Uwe Grodd
Carey McDonald
027 403 1222
admin@aucklandchoral.com
aucklandchoral.com

Beethoven, Mass in C

Flatischler / Bertl, Space Bey0nd Space

Every classical music fan knows Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, but few are aware of the treasure of the Mass in C, which he composed 17 years earlier, in 1807. His genius pushed boundaries, and later generations have come to value it as Beethoven through and through.

Reinhard Flatischler, composer, master drummer and music therapist extraordinaire, will have you spellbound with this exciting new work, Space Beyond Space. Through musical innovation and rhythmic 'colouring', Flatischler and thrilling internationally-acclaimed percussionist Tupac Mantilla aim to draw the audience into a multi-layered experience of the space around and beyond them.

Jennifer Barrington, Soprano

Catrin Johnsson, Mezzo-soprano

Robert Macfarlane, Tenor

James Harrison, Baritone

Reinhard Flatischler, composer, percussion

Johnny Bertl, composer

Tupac Mantilla, Percussion

Auckland Choral

Uwe Grodd, Conductor

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Triple C: A Capital Singfest

New Zealand Youth Choir, FilCoro, Wellington Young Voices, Wellington Youth Choir

09 September 2018
3.00pm
Opera House, Wellington Wellington David Squire
choirs@choirsnz.co.nz
https://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/artist/2504617?j=2323893&l=20473_HTML&u=101610330&mid=1341604&jb=8&et_mid=2323893&et_rid=777231022&sfmc_sub=777231022&utm_source=Email-SO_2018_06_11_Triple_C_Presale&utm_medium=email&u

Wellington is choir mad, in a good way. This new concert brings four choirs together in a celebration of great choral and ensemble singing.

Hosted by the award-winning New Zealand Youth Choir the choirs will sing some of their own songs, some together with another choir and a couple of big whoppers will all singers on stage together.

This is a special occasion and we thought the gorgeous Opera House will be a suitable venue. Pack aunty and uncle, nan and pop, cuzzies and mates into your car, this will be one glorious 'singfest'.

Choirs:

FilCoro (Wellington Filipino Choir)
Wellington Young Voices (children’s choir)
Wellington Youth Choir
New Zealand Youth Choir

Sing Waiheke - Together

Auckland Choral

14 October 2018
2.30pm
Morra Hall, Waiheke Island Auckland Uwe Grodd, Elizabeth Lau
Carey McDonald
027 403 1222
admin@aucklandchoral.com
aucklandchoral.com

Choral Favourites in our very own island paradise

Together

Auckland Choral travels to the beautiful and relaxing environment of Waiheke Island, one of the best destinations in the world.

A weekend rehearsing in a beautiful environment under Auckland Choral conductors Uwe Grodd and Elizabeth Lau, will culminate in a concert of treasured choral favourites with the excitement of hearing a new work by David Hamilton, Homecoming, setting text by NZ poet Vincent O’Sullivan.

Conductors: Uwe Grodd                                                                                                                                    Elizabeth Lau

Beethoven 9

VOICES NZ

23 November 2018
6.30pm
Michael Fowler Centre Wellington Edo de Waart
http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/event/2400537BD8132F31?bba=1

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

VOICES NZ

24 November 2018
7.30pm
Auckland Town Hall, Great Hall Auckland Edo de Waart
http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/event/2400537AD66715E3?bba=1

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.

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
admin@aucklandchoral.com
aucklandchoral.com

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

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