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Regional events in the Auckland region

1st NZ Choral Academy
VOICES NZ, NZ Secondary Students' Choir, NZ Youth Choir
Date / Time: 25/01/2019
Venue: Auckland Diocesan School
City: Auckland
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Sing and train alongside all three National Choirs!

For the first time choristers will have the chance to join a national academy of choral singing. Organised by Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand, all three national choirs (NZ Secondary Students’ Choir, NZ Youth Choir, Voices NZ) will be in residence and keen singers from around the country can book their place to experience these choirs in action, sit-in and sing with the choirs, and have access to their professional artistic staff for workshops in musicianship, vocal and conducting techniques. 

Register for one of these three groups:
- Group S: age 13-17, mirroring NZSSC
- Group Y: age 18-25, mirroring NZYC
- Group V: Adults (age 25+) with a good choral skill level, and a keen desire to advance their vocal and language skills.

Conductor: Dr Karen Grylls, David Squire and more
Contact: Emma Billings
Phone: +64 (0)4 499 0692
Email: emma@choirsnz.co.nz
Website: www.choirsnz.co.nz
Ticket prices: $100-$120 for whole weekend
St David’s Day Concert - With Love and Hope - Gyda Chariad a Gobaith
Auckland Welsh Choir
Date / Time: 03/03/2019 2pm
Venue: St Joseph's Catholic Church, 10 Dominion St Takapuna
City: Auckland
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With Love and Hope - Gyda Chariad a Gobaith

AWC Performs for A Girl Called Hope, featuring tenor Manase Latu.

Early each March the Auckland Welsh Choir celebrates St David, the patron saint of Wales. On March 3, 2019 we will showcase music of love and hope, through popular choral music and our traditional, wide-ranging and well-loved repertoire. For this concert the choir is delighted to welcome as its soloist young tenor, Manase Latu. Manase is a recent Lexus finalist and winner of the prestigious New Zealand Aria in 2018.

Our concert is fundraising for A Girl Called Hope, and we invite you to join us. Your presence will help all who work with A Girl Called Hope to continue providing a future full of hope and potential to every young woman.

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, cast the shadow of our burden behind us.” Samuel Smiles, 1812 - 1904


Conductor: Diana Williams Rhodes
Contact: Karen Brook, Secretary
Email: secawc@gmail.com
Website: aucklandwelshchoir.nz
Ticket prices: TBA
"In Search of Peace - 100 years on"
Aorangi Singers
Date / Time: 31/03/2019 6 p.m.
Venue: Auckland Town Hall (Great Hall)
City: Auckland
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This event, to mark the founding of world peace after the Great War, is our fourth and final World War One commemoration event.

On the programme: the exquisitely beautiful "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber, preceding the main work of the evening, Giuseppe Verdi's powerful "Requiem".

Soloists for the "Requiem" are Anna Leese (soprano), Kristin Darragh (mezzo-soprano), Amitai Pati (tenor) and Wade Kernot (bass).

The sprouting of poppy flowers on battlefields and grave sites across Europe marked the conclusion of World War I and these flowers feature prominently in John McCrae’s poem "In Flanders Fields". After the war, the Royal British Legion promoted the wearing of red poppies on November 11, Armistice Day. Britons also place wreaths of them on graves
In 1933, the anti-war Women’s Co-operative Guild began selling white poppies to embody both remembrance and pacifism; the whiteness symbolized a lack of bloodshed.
While they were not meant to conflict with the red poppy, the white poppy has sometimes been seen as a political symbol. According to the BBC, "many veterans felt that its significance undermined their contribution and the lasting meaning of the red poppy". Today however, the Royal British Legion neither condemns nor endorses them and another group, the Peace Pledge Union, has taken over the white poppy emblem.

Conductor: Sarah Bisley Schneider
Contact: Andrew Hutchings
Phone: 020 414 27695
Email: insearchofpeacewwi@gmail.com
Website: www.aorangisymphony.com
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