Delegates at Choral Connect ‘19 will have the opportunity to work and sing alongside two internationally acclaimed choirs. The Toronto Children’s Chorus and the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir will be involved in masterclasses, open rehearsals, and also perform in our final concert at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul.
This year we are bringing a local choral flavour to the conference with two concerts featuring choirs from the Wellington region. This is a fantastic opportunity for Wellington choirs to perform on a national platform to an audience of delegates from across the country, while sharing music with other choirs in the region. The invited choirs will be announced soon.
Toronto Children’s Chorus (Canada)
The acclaimed Toronto Children’s Chorus is now completing its 41st anniversary season and twelfth year under the baton of Auckland-born Artistic Director Elise Bradley, MNZM. As the Chorus’s top-level ensemble, the Chamber Choir performs in season concerts, gives many guest and outreach appearances each year, and regularly represents Toronto and Canada throughout the world. While in the North Island of New Zealand, the 39-member Chamber Choir will perform in Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Palmerston North, and Masterton, and also looks forward to participating in ‘Choral Connect.’ The choir will then fly to Sydney to sing in the Gondwana World Choral Festival, hosted by Gondwana Choirs to celebrate their 30th anniversary. The festival will close with a gala choral concert in the Sydney Opera House. The Chamber Choir will also visit and perform in Canberra, the ‘home town’ of their accompanist Lara Dodds-Eden. This year’s exciting month-long tour to New Zealand and Australia will be the Chamber Choir’s 31st international tour - and its third visit “Down Under” since 1988 and 1999!
For over 30 years, the New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir has gathered New Zealand’s finest young singers to learn from some of the country’s most experienced choral practitioners. Following nationwide auditions, up to 60 singers are invited to join the NZSSC for a two-year educational programme of vocal training and music skills development. The choir gathers three to four times per year during school holidays, and performs in cities throughout New Zealand. The pinnacle of membership is to represent New Zealand at an international festival or competition. Recent tours include as Resident Choir at the Belt and Road World Choir Festival (2018 in Hong Kong), as Guest Choir at the International Choral Kathaumixw (2016 in Canada) and as Guest Choir at the Orientale Concentus VII (2014 in Singapore). This past year has been one of exciting change for the NZSSC. They have merged under one umbrella with NZ Youth Choir and Voices NZ, and welcomed Sue Demsen of Christchurch as their new Music Director.