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Singalong Messiah
Festival Singers of Wellington
Date / Time: 02/12/2018 7.00 pm
Venue: Wesley Methodist Church - 75 Taranaki Street
City: Wellington
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 NB: We have a new date for this concert 7 pm Sunday 2 December 2018.

Festival Singers is delighted to stage this event with Northern Chorale, Capital Choir and the Tawa Orchestra.

People wishing to sing are asked to bring their own Messiah scores.

More details to follow.



Conductor: Jonathan Berkahn
Contact: Philip Garside - Secretary
Phone: 04 475 8855
Email: books@pgpl.co.nz
Website: https://festivalsingers.wordpress.com/
Secrets of the Armed Man
Tudor Consort
Date / Time: 03/11/2018 7.30pm
Venue: Wellington Cathedral of St Paul
City: Wellington
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In the mid 15th century, a jaunty French tune became the most popular song in Europe, found its way into over 40 settings of the Latin Mass, and is still being used today.

Where did ‘L’Homme Armé’ come from? Was it just the name of a tavern, or a secret message to an elusive order of knights? At the same time, Constantinople, the last vestige of the Great Roman Empire, fell to the Ottoman Turks, and all of Europe mourned. What was the connection? The Tudor Consort explores ‘L’Homme Armé’ in its many guises, ancient and modern, and visits Byzantium in its final days.

Music Director Michael Stewart will give a pre-concert talk from 7pm explaining the story behind the music.

Conductor: Michael Stewart
Contact: Michael Stewart
Email: mrjstewart@gmail.com
100 years: a Kiwi Armistice
Tauranga Civic Choir
Date / Time: 11/11/2018 7.15 pm
Venue: Holy Trinity Church, Devonport Road, Tauranga
City: Tauranga
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A Kiwi Armistice: remembering the sights, sounds and songs of the Great War.  A mixture of secular and sacred music from the war years, featuring Tauranga Civic Choir and Tauranga City Brass, with narration by Tom Bradley and Elizabeth Price.

Conductor: Nigel Williams
Contact: Lesley Brighting
Phone: 0276015358
Email: tgacivicchoir@gmail.com
Website: www.taurangacivicchoir.org.nz
The Peacemakers
Ars Nova
Date / Time: 11/11/2018 2.30pm
Venue: TSB Showplace
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In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the End of World War One, Ars Nova Choir is pleased to present a very special performance to the Taranaki community. In collaboration with Ars Antiqua Chamber Orchestra, The Devon Hotel New Plymouth Brass, and choirs from New Plymouth Girls' High School and Sacred Heart Girls' College, this performance at the TSB Theatre TSB Showplace will present NZ composer Dwayne Bloomfield's "PASSCHENDAELE" and the NZ premiere of Karl Jenkins' great choral work "THE PEACEMAKERS".


"PASSCHENDAELE" was composed in remembrance of the World War One Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium during which New Zealand suffered the greatest loss of life in its military history. It was composed in 2009 for brass band by former NZ Army Bandmaster Dwayne Bloomfield. A moving performance was given by the NZ Army Band at the Centenary Commemoration of the Battle, at the New Zealand Memorial to the Missing in Polygon Wood, Belgium on 12 October 2017. Bloomfield writes "I like to compose descriptive music, and with "PASSCHENDAELE" I've taken the audience on a musical journey through the battle and its aftermath”.


"THE PEACEMAKERS", composed in 2012, offers inspiration and solace for a time in need of both. It features texts from some of the greatest peacemakers throughout history, including Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Anne Frank and Mother Teresa, as well as words from the Bible and the Qur’an with some new text specially written by Terry Waite. "THE PEACEMAKERS" is dedicated to the memory of all those who lost their lives during armed conflict and, in particular, innocent civilians. It was written with the hope of looking forward to a century of peace. Sadly, nothing much has changed. "The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace" has been enormously successful, having been performed nearly 1000 times in 20 different countries since the CD was released in 2001. In a sense, "THE PEACEMAKERS" is the much-anticipated sequel to "The Armed Man".


Admission: $30 and $25 (fees apply). Tickets available at www.ticketek.co.nz and TSB Showplace in October 2018.



Conductor: Christopher Luke
Contact: Christopher Luke
Phone: 06 758 3111
Email: mitt@taranakicathedral.org.nz
Handel's Messiah
Christchurch City Choir
Date / Time: 08/12/2018 7:30pm
Venue: Charles Luney Auditorium
City: Christchurch
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The Christchurch City Choir accompanied by the CSO, Martin Setchell on organ, Grant Bartley on harpsichord with soloists:
Madison Nonoa - Soprano
Anna Pierard - Soprano
Simon O'Neill - Tenor
Joel Amosa - Bass

Conductor: Dr John Linker
Contact: Jody Keehan
Phone: 027-6943640
Email: info@citychoir.co.nz
Website: www.citychoir.co.nz
Armistice Concert for Peace
Christchurch City Choir
Date / Time: 11/11/2018 10:30am
Venue: Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Wigram
City: Christchurch
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Commemorative Peace Concert to celebrate the centenary of World War 1 Armistice Day, with Affiliated Organisations of the Christchurch Civic Music Council, is being held on Sunday 11th November 2018 from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.  

Members of Music Canterbury will perform a free variety concert concluding with a performance by Woolston Brass, ChCh City Choir and other affiliated groups.

“Pro Patria (massed item) written by Philip Norman with Woolston Brass

Individual group items featuring:

  • Christchurch City Choir
  • Neerlandia Choir
  • Cecilian Singers
  • All Singers’ Choir
  • Apollo Musicum

The venue for this concert is Air Force Museum of New Zealand (Wigram Air Base),45 Harvard Avenue, Wigram, Christchurch 8042.

Entry to the concert is free.


Conductor: Philip Norman
Contact: Jody Keehan
Phone: 027-6943640
Email: info@citychoir.co.nz
Website: https://musiccanterbury.co.nz/concert/commemorative-peace-concert/
Oriana Singers in concert with Geelong Welsh Ladies Choir
Oriana Singers/ Geelong Welsh Ladies Choir
Date / Time: 26/10/2018 7.00pm
Venue: Graham Young Theatre, Tauranga Boys College
City: Tauranga
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Oriana Singers are delighted to welcome Australia’s Geelong Welsh Ladies Choir to Tauranga on the final leg of their third tour to New Zealand, and to join them in concert on Friday 26 October at Graham Young Theatre, Tauranga Boys’ College.

The choir, which celebrates its 20th birthday this year, first toured New Zealand in 2010, when they performed in Auckland, Hamilton, Wanganui, Wellington, Nelson and Christchurch.  Four years later in 2014, the choir returned to New Zealand, performing in Wellington, Palmerston North, Napier and New Plymouth; and as guest choir at the bi-annual Gymanfa Ganu [Songs of Praise] hosted by the Welsh community in Rotorua.

This year the Geelong Welsh Ladies Choir returns to New Zealand for the Gymanfa Ganu, being held in New Plymouth.  The choir hopes also to have the opportunity for a “casual sing” in the Waitomo Caves, before travelling to Tauranga for their final concert, where they will be joined by Oriana Singers.  The repertoire for this concert includes Paul Simon’s “Sound of Silence”, “Gershwin for Girls”, Puccini’s “O Mio Bambino Caro” and “Morte Criste”.

Geelong Welsh Ladies Choir is led by reputed Welsh-born Musical Director Jeanette John [founding MD for the choir], and accompanied by Stefanie Gumienik.

Oriana Singers is led by regular MD Katrina Daniela, with accompanist Jacob Hartwell on piano.

Tickets for the concert, on Friday 26 October at 7pm, are available from Oriana Singers choir members or can be purchased at the door on the night

Conductor: Jeanette John
Contact: Denise Green
Phone: 0272945316
Email: janddgreen@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.orianasingers.nz
Choral Conducting Workshop
Hamilton Civic Choir
Date / Time: 27/10/2018 9am
Venue: St Paul's Collegiate School, Hukanui Rd Hamilton
City: Hamilton
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Whether you are a teacher, instrumentalist, singer, music student, conduct a school choir, a church choir, sing in a community choir or are just interested in the art of conducting, this workshop will benefit you!

Under the tutelage of Timothy Carpenter, this conducting workshop will consist of sessions in beat patterns, gesture, score preparation and analysis and rehearsal technique with one of New Zealand’s finest community choirs.

View the event flyer it contains the payment details, times, agenda, repertoire, location...etc

Link to flyer -> https://hamiltoncivicchoir.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/conductingworkshop2018_full_v6.pdf
Another way to view the flyer is to go to the news page on our website, and click on the conducting workshop event. The link to the flyer is there also.

All ages, experience and abilities are welcome to this workshop. This workshop is limited to 10 spaces. Bookings close 24 October. Your booking for this workshop will be secured once payment has been made.

Conductor: Timothy Carpenter
Contact: Jo Arthur
Phone: 07 843 1065
Email: secretary@hamiltoncivicchoir.org.nz
Website: hamiltoncivicchoir.org.nz
Feelin' Good!
Greater Auckland Chorus
Date / Time: 27/10/2018 2pm & 7pm
Venue: Mangere Arts Centre
City: Auckland
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A Cappella at its feel-good best!

“Feelin’ Good’ is a choreographed a cappella show filled to the brim with vibrant, upbeat songs from then and now, arranged in the Barbershop style. Come and join us for an evening of foot tapping melodies, ringing chords and feel-good lyrics, along with nostalgic, heartwarming golden oldies. Joining us are guest performers such as Tamashii Taiko drummers, two Jaye's Dance School hip-hop groups,  Molto! and Compass quartets, as well as a Young Women in Harmony group, under the direction of Melody Lowe. This show is family friendly and suitable for all ages.

The Greater Auckland Chorus is the current AA Category Winners for New Zealand region of Sweet Adelines International, directed by Master Director Jocosa Bruce.


Conductor: Jocosa Bruce
Contact: Raenette Taljaard
Phone: 212654498
Email: greateraucklandchorus@gmail.com
Website: www.greateraucklandchorus.org
Stage and Screen
Christchurch Pops Choir
Date / Time: 03/11/2018 3pm and 7.30pm
Venue: St Margaret's College
City: Christchurch
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Music from stage and screen has a place in many people’s hearts, and with this in mind The Christchurch Pops Choir is excited to present its final concert of 2018: STAGE AND SCREEN.

This concert will feature some of the most beloved songs from film and theatre through the ages - from the golden age of Broadway and Hollywood, through to the rock and pop hits from stage and screen today. Featuring music from films such as La-La Land, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Once, and James Bond, and musicals such as Mary Poppins, Hello Dolly, Avenue Q and Wicked!, this concert promises to impress.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Matthew Everingham the choir will present the music of some of the most well known composers in stage and screen from John Williams, Danny Elfman, Stephen Sondheim and Stephen Schwartz to artists such as Elton John, Adele, The Who and Annie Lennox.

Whether a film buff or musical-theatre afficionado, this concert aims to excite audiences and capture the imagination. Don’t miss the Christchurch Pops Choir at the top of its game, accompanied by a full stage band, before it tours to perform in Carnegie Hall, New York in 2019.

Conductor: Matthew Everingham
Contact: Sue Bealing
Phone: 02102 728919
Email: info@christchurchpopschoir.co.nz
Website: www.christchurchpopschoir.co.nz
Pop Stars Plus...
City of Auckland Singers
Date / Time: 03/11/2018 07.00pm
Venue: All Saints Church, 17 Selwyn Rd, Howick
City: Auckland
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The City of Auckland Singers present their annual concert of popular music, featuring songs by Carole King, Ed Sheeran, Meghan Trainor, the Beatles, Michael Buble, Moana and more...

Conductor: Sue Murray
Contact: Raewyn Dakers
Phone: 021 038 2785, 09 521 4651
Email: ldrjd2@gmail.com
Website: www.cityofaucklandsingers.net.nz
From Armed to Armistice
The Hamilton Civic Choir
Date / Time: 10/11/2018 7:30pm
Venue: Dr. John Gallagher Concert Chamber, University of Waikato, Hamilton
City: Hamilton
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New Zealand proudly recognises the service of many men and women in both World Wars - and indeed of ongoing international conflict - through Anzac and Armistice Day commemorations. Hamilton Civic Choir is marking this significant day with a special commemoration concert, under the direction of conductor Timothy Carpenter.

To mark the anniversary, Hamilton Civic Choir will be performing two large and three short works. Joseph Haydn’s Mass in Time for War, also known as Paukenmesse (timpani mass), was written in 1796 as Napoleon Bonaparte and the French Grande Armée were preparing to invade Austria. The work calls for four virtuosic soloists, a heavily involved choir and a prominent timpani part, referring to the drums of battle. The other large work is Paul Mealor’s Stabat Mater. This text is the last spoken words of Mary as she stood at the foot of the cross watching her son die. Although, not a text designated to reflect on the war, it describes the agony of a Mother losing her son and reminds the reader of his sacrifice to the world. It is a famous, beautifully emotional text and this modern and dramatic setting is sure to stir the emotions. The choir also performs Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Lord Thou Hast Been Our Refuge, written in the aftermath of the composer's wartime experience, Johannes Brahms’ Geistliches Lied and New Zealand composer Andrew Baldwin’s setting of For the Fallen.


Conductor: Timothy Carpenter
Contact: Jo Arthur
Email: secretary@hamiltoncivicchoir.org.nz
Website: https://hamiltoncivicchoir.org.nz/category/upcoming-events/
The Jubilate Singers' Singalong Messiah
Jubilate Singers
Date / Time: 18/11/2018 2.00pm
Venue: Christchurch Transitional Cathedral
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Have you ever wanted to burst into song at a Handel’s Messiah concert?  Here’s your big chance! Join in with the Jubilate Singers to sing all your favourite choruses and enjoy our line-up of popular soloists. (limited scores are available so bring your own scores, or download choruses from www.jubilate.org.nz)

A Fundraising concert for the Restoration of the Christ Church Cathedral.

Guest Music Director: Grant Bartley

With: David Burchell, Dunedin City Organist

Soloists: Susan Densem – Soprano

Margot Button – Alto

Frank Carter – Tenor

Robert Tucker – Bass

Riley Payne & Nina Noble - Trumpets

Sam Gibbs - Percussion

Ticketing details:

Advance bookings: phone Vivien Hicks 0278428236: email vivienhicks@gmail.com to order tickets.  Tickets $25/$20 (unwaged). Primary children free.  Door sales (cash only).  Cash donations preferred.

Conductor: Guest Conductor: Grant Bartley
Contact: Vivien Hicks
Phone: 027 842 8236
Email: vivienhicks@gmail.com
Website: www.jubilate.org.nz
End of year concert
Dunedin RSA Choir
Date / Time: 19/11/2018 7:30 pm
Venue: Dunedin Town Hall
City: Dunedin
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The Dunedin RSA Choir presents their end of year concert in November 2018.

Guests include the Logan Park Jazz Band, Rhiannon Cooper, Ralph Miller and Grace Togneri.

Bookings at Ticketmaster, Regent Theatre, and Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Conductor: Karen Knudson
Contact: John McDermott
Phone: 022 313 0807
Email: johnmargmcd@gmail.com
Website: www.dunedinrsachoir.co.nz
Beethoven 9
Date / Time: 23/11/2018 6.30pm
Venue: Michael Fowler Centre
City: Wellington
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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.

Conductor: Edo de Waart
Website: http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/event/2400537BD8132F31?bba=1
Beethoven 9
Date / Time: 24/11/2018 7.30pm
Venue: Auckland Town Hall, Great Hall
City: Auckland
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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.

Conductor: Edo de Waart
Website: http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/event/2400537AD66715E3?bba=1
The Magic of Christmas
Christchurch City Chorus
Date / Time: 15/12/2018 2pm
Venue: Harmony Church, 220 Antigua Street, Christchurch Central
City: Christchurch
more info

Christmas is one of the most eagerly awaited events of the year. This year we will bring you “The Magic of Christmas”. A celebration of magical wonder & timeless tradition, featuring 11th time Sweet Adelines national champions Christchurch City Chorus and friends.

15 December 2018 2.00pm matinee and 7.00pm evening show
Tickets $25 Adults - $20 Seniors - $10 School Children
Harmony Church Auditorium, 220 Antigua Street, Christchurch Central

BOOK your tickets NOW from www.ccchorus.co.nz (Credit Card facility available)
Or contact Jeannette McGrath jpmcgrath@xtra.co.nz ph 021976572

Thank you for your support.
Christchurch City Chorus

Conductor: Virginia Humphrey-Taylor
Contact: Jeannette McGrath
Phone: 021 976 572
Email: jpmcgrath@xtra.co.nz
Website: http://www.ccchorus.co.nz/upcoming-events
Handel, Messiah - 100 Hallelujahs
Auckland Choral
Date / Time: 16/12/2018 16/12/2018 - 5.00pm, 17/12/2018 - 7.30pm
Venue: Auckland Town Hall
City: Auckland
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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

Conductor: Uwe Grodd
Contact: Carey McDonald
Phone: 027 403 1222
Email: admin@aucklandchoral.com
Website: aucklandchoral.com
Festival of Male Voices
Taranaki Male Choir
Date / Time: 10/08/2019 7.30pm
Venue: Theatre Royal, New Plymouth
City: New Plymouth
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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.

Conductor: Peter Jackson
Contact: Terry Stowers / Tim Steedman
Phone: 021 418 194
Email: taranakimalechoir@outlook.com