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Friends of Pataka Winter Music Series - Concert
Festival Singers of Wellington
Date / Time: 05/08/2018
Venue: Pataka - Porirua Museum
City: Porirua
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Conductor: Jonathan Berkahn
Contact: Philip Garside - Secretary
Phone: 04 475 8855
Email: books@pgpl.co.nz
Website: https://festivalsingers.wordpress.com/
Singalong Messiah
Festival Singers of Wellington
Date / Time: 24/11/2018 7.00 pm
Venue: Wesley Methodist Church - 75 Taranaki Street
City: Wellington
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Conductor: Jonathan Berkahn
Contact: Philip Garside - Secretary
Phone: 04 475 8855
Email: books@pgpl.co.nz
Website: https://festivalsingers.wordpress.com/
Great Opera Choruses with guest Mezzo Soprano Cecily Shaw
Wanganui Male Choir
Date / Time: 01/07/2018 2.30pm
Venue: Central Baptist Church, Wicksteed Street, Whanganui
City: WHANGANUI
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Conductor: Margaret Thompson
Contact: Oliver Lane
Phone: 063489363
Email: oliverlane@xtra.co.nz
Pohutukawa Singers mid year concert
Pohutukawa Singers
Date / Time: 29/06/2018 7.30 pm
Venue: Albany Presbyterian Church
City: Auckland - Albany
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A lovely selection of jazz, modern, traditional, sacred, musical, pop, spiritual etc items for Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass singers.

Conductor: Arthur Close
Contact: Colin Newel
Phone: 021 0249 9925
Email: candcnewel@gmail.com
Website: https://pohutukawasingers.wordpress.com
“Reflections at Matariki ”
Auckland Welsh Choir
Date / Time: 30/06/2018 3pm
Venue: St Barnabas Church, 283, Mt Eden Rd,
City: Auckland
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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.

Conductor: Diana Rhodes Williams
Contact: Karen Brook, Secretary AWC
Email: secawc@gmail.com
Website: www.aucklandwelshchoir.nz
Christchurch Pops Choir Unplugged
Christchurch Pops Choir
Date / Time: 30/06/2018 3pm
Venue: The Piano, 156 Armagh St, Christchurch
City: Christchurch
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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.

 

Conductor: Matthew Everingham
Contact: Sue Bealing
Phone: 02102 728919
Email: info@christchurchpopschoir.co.nz
Website: www.christchurchpopschoir.co.nz
Colours Concert
The Glamaphones
Date / Time: 30/06/2018 7:00pm
Venue: St Andrews on the Terrace
City: Wellington
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Conductor: Rachel Hyde
A Winter's Feast
Hibiscus Coast Singers
Date / Time: 30/06/2018 3:30pm
Venue: Red Beach Methodist Church, 76 Red Beach Road
City: Hibiscus Coast, Rodney
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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'.

Conductor: Robyn Allen-Goudge
Contact: Robyn Haydon
Phone: 09 426 6043 | 021 563 304
Email: hbcmusicsociety@gmail.com
Website: hbcsingers.com
Tribute to War Heroes
Mid Canterbury Choir
Date / Time: 01/07/2018 2pm
Venue: Sinclair Centre, Park Street, Ashburton
City: Ashburton
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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.

Conductor: Kathy McKimmie
Contact: Carol Gunn
Phone: 0272872468
Email: thegunnclan@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.mcc.ashburtonline.co.nz
Peace Be With Them
Palmerston North Choral Society
Date / Time: 07/07/2018 7.30 pm
Venue: St Peter's Church, Ruahine Street, Palmerston North
City: PALMERSTON NORTH
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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.

Conductor: Alison Stewart
Contact: Kathy Love
Phone: 06 3579200
Email: kathylove132@hotmail.com
Website: google Choirquire
NZSSC Farewell Concert - On tour 2018
New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir
Date / Time: 07/07/2018 7.30pm
Venue: Michael Park School, Ellerslie
City: Auckland
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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

Conductor: Andrew Withington
Contact: Anna Bowron
Phone: 211134520
Email: nzssc@xtra.co.nz
Website: http://www.nzsschoir.com/events/
Ave Maria
The Hamilton Civic Choir
Date / Time: 14/07/2018 05:00pm
Venue: St Peter's Cathedral, Hamilton
City: Hamilton
more info

 

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

Conductor: Timothy Carpenter
Contact: Jo Arthur
Phone: 021448383
Email: secretary@hamiltoncivicchoir.org.nz
Website: www.hamiltoncivicchoir.org.nz
Beethoven & Beyond
Auckland Choral
Date / Time: 26/07/2018 7.30pm
Venue: Auckland Town Hall
City: Auckland
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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

Conductor: Uwe Grodd
Contact: Carey McDonald
Phone: 027 403 1222
Email: admin@aucklandchoral.com
Website: aucklandchoral.com
Triple C: A Capital Singfest
New Zealand Youth Choir, FilCoro, Wellington Young Voices, Wellington Youth Choir
Date / Time: 09/09/2018 3.00pm
Venue: Opera House, Wellington
City: Wellington
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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

Conductor: David Squire
Email: choirs@choirsnz.co.nz
Website: 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
Sing Waiheke - Together
Auckland Choral
Date / Time: 14/10/2018 2.30pm
Venue: Morra Hall, Waiheke Island
City: Auckland
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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

Conductor: Uwe Grodd, Elizabeth Lau
Contact: Carey McDonald
Phone: 027 403 1222
Email: admin@aucklandchoral.com
Website: aucklandchoral.com
Beethoven 9
VOICES NZ
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
VOICES NZ
Date / Time: 24/11/2018 7.30pm
Venue: Auckland Town Hall, Great Hall
City: Auckland
more info

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
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
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