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Christmas Carol Concert

Pohutukawa Singers

06 December 2020
St Chad's Church, Huapai $15 presale, $20 door sales Auckland Colin Newel
Geoff Collins and Carrie Turner
021 1706590

After our earlier 2 concerts had to be aborted at very short notice, the Pohutukawa Singers decided that, when Auckland came out of lockdown, we would quickly put together a couple of concerts. With so many of us looking forward to celebrating Christmas we decided to make these concerts of Christmas Carols, with plenty of opportunities for the audience to join in the singing. We will be singing at our usual venues of Albany Presbyterian Church on Friday 27th November at 7.30pm and St Chad’s Anglican Church Huapai on Sunday 6th December at 4.00pm. We look forward to welcoming lots of people at the concerts and to join us for refreshments afterwards.

G.F. Handel's Messiah

The Hamilton Civic Choir

12 December 2020
Saturday at 7:30pm Sunday at 2:30pm
St Peter's Cathedral, Victoria St. Hamilton Adult: $35.00, Concession: $25.00 Hamilton Timothy Carpenter
Jo Arthur

The Hamilton Civic Choir and Orchestras Central are joining forces this December to present Handel’s Messiah. This famous Christmas oratorio was composed in 1741 by George Frederic Handel, and it is one of the best known and loved choral works in Western music.


It tells the whole story of Christ from the early prophecies of His coming to His birth, death, and resurrection. The story is told through solo pieces and choruses, including the well-known; “For unto us a child is born”, “All we like sheep have gone astray” and of course the beloved “Hallelujah Chorus”.


Our soloists for this performance are all taken from the talented ranks of the Civic Choir, and we are delighted to be singing with Hannah Bryant as our soprano, Cecily Shaw as mezzo soprano, Kolitha Jayatunge as tenor and Aidan Phillips as bass.


“We are very excited to be collaborating with Orchestras Central to put on a splendid performance such as the Messiah, especially at a time when communities are trying to come together following the effects of the global pandemic” says Civic Choir Chair, Kolitha Jayatunge.


We warmly invite you to come along and enjoy a Christmas treat at St Peter’s Cathedral.


What: G. F. Handel’s Messiah

When: Saturday 12th December at 7pm, Sunday 13th December at 2:30 pm.

Where: St Peter’s Cathedral, Victoria Street, Hamilton

Tickets: $35 (Concession $25), available from www.iticket.co.nz (0508 484 253)

Door Sales subject to availability.


Fit for a King

Camerata Chamber Choir

05 December 2020
St George's Church, 2 The Terrace, Takapuna Presale tickets $20 from choir members, At the door Adults $30, Students $10, Children under 13 free Auckland Matthew Howes

It’s almost Christmas, and who’s ready for celebration?  Christmas is a time for kings, newborn and wise.  But there are other kings and there is rich music to celebrate them too.  This concert, Fit for a King, begins with Coronation Anthems by Handel and Parry, including the well-known Zadok the Priest.  Then we move on to Christmas, continuing with the king theme (The Three Kings, In Dulci Jubilo, Hark the Herald Angels Sing) in traditional carols, and wishing you a Merry Christmas, with figgy pudding, in more secular style.   Conducted by Matthew Howes, accompanied by Janet Gibbs, and joined by soloists Fiona Tibbles and Miles Timmis, we are thrilled to be presenting our third concert in this year of change in the world.  We hope you will come and hear us (and even join in with us at times) as we sing music which is fit for a king and which promises positive times ahead.  Then come and join us for supper in the hall afterwards so we can share some Christmas cheer.

Muusika: Songs of Harmony from around the Globe

Global Voices

05 December 2020
Elmwood Auditorium, 29 Aikmans Road, Merivale $25, $20 (concession), $10 (child) Christchurch Deen Coulson
Christine Brennan
027 289 9916

Global Voices presents Muusika - Songs of Harmony from around the Globe.

Our Musical Director is Deen Coulson.

The support act is MIM.

Doors open 7pm.  BYO drinks and nibbles.

Tickets: $25, $20 (students, seniors, unemployed), $10 (children)

Sales at Humanitix: https://events.humanitix.com/globalvoicesmuusika

Bach Musica NZ: Monteverdi | Vespers 1610

Bach Musica NZ

06 December 2020
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall $15 - $70 Auckland Rita Paczian

A towering masterpiece of the early Baroque, intimate and grand, prayerful and dramatic, exalted and sensual. It offers up a dizzying array of textures and sonorities in brilliant instrumental writing, opulent choruses, and moving solo arias and duets.

Monteverdi Vespers 1610

PRESENTED BY Bach Musica NZ orchestra and chorus.

Rita Paczian conductor

Amelia Berry Soprano I
Jayne Tankersley Soprano II
Kate Spence Alto I
Dilys Fong Alto II
Andrew Grenon Tenor I
Iain Tetley Tenor II
James Harrison Bass I
Thomas Roshol Bass II

Joy to the World!

A Capella Singers

06 December 2020
First Presbyterian Church, Tay Street, Invercargill Adults $20, Senior Citizens $15, Students $10, Children - free Invercargill Christine McLeod
Christine McLeod

Join with us to welcome in the Christmas season. A Capella Singers will perform Christmas music by Howells, Vaughn-Williams as well as settings of traditional carols.

There will be plenty of opportunity for the audience to join in with favourite carols.

The Final Frontier

Auckland Youth Choir

10 December 2020
8 pm
St Matthew-in-the-City $20.00 Auckland Rowan Johnston
Rosemary Chapman
022 6877210
The Auckland Youth Choir has chosen to boldly go where no choir has gone before.  The Final Frontier will be an evening of stellar singing and music.  We invite you to join the voyage of timeless and modern choral music, featuring commissioned pieces by three of our very own members.

We are premiering new works, performing enchanting pieces, adding a touch of Christmas spirit: all in all this will definitely be a night to remember!

The Auckland Youth Choir is directed by Rowan Johnston, assisted and accompanied by Juan Kim.


A Christmas Celebration

The Plainsmen Barbershop Chorus

12 December 2020
Transitional Cathedral Adults $20, Students and Seniors $15, School-age free Christchurch 021 142 7668 or 03 337 6202

Please join us to celebrate Christmas through music and song.

With our special friends Atlas Voices, Christchurch Girls'Choir, String quartet, Promenade and others

Handel's Messiah

Christchurch City Choir

12 December 2020
Douglas Lilburn Auditorium at Christchurch Town Hall $18-$60 Christchurch Dr John Linker
Mandy Perry

For 30 years Christchurch City Choir (CCC) has enchanted audiences with its annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, and following a year of disruption, this exultant masterpiece returns to the Christchurch Town Hall.

NZ based soprano, Anna Pierard, and mezzo-soprano, Catrin Johnsson, will perform alongside overseas based tenor, Oliver Sewell, and bass-baritone, Paul Whelan. These four internationally renowned soloists will sing with the choir (including members of the Christchurch Youth Choir), supported by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (CSO), Jeremy Woodside and Grant Bartley (Continuo), under the baton of Dr John Linker.

The history predating CCC is 125 years strong, culminating in the 1990 merger of the Christchurch Harmonic Society and the Royal Christchurch Music Society to form CCC.  2020’s Messiah marks the start of the Christchurch City Choir’s 30th Anniversary

Handel's Messiah, Saturday 12 December 2020, 7:30pm

Christchurch Town Hall, Douglas Lilburn Auditorium

Tickets through Ticketek                 Visit citychoir.co.nz

Sounds of Christmas

Kowhai Singers

12 December 2020
Warkworth Town Hall Cnr Nevlle St & Alnwick St $20 per person. Children free Warkworth Amy Cottingham
Marion McDermott-Jones

Kowhai Singers, conducted by Amy Cottingham, will present a Christmas Concert which will include a selection of new and traditional carols and the audience will be invited to sing along with some of the well known carols.

Our special guest artist is violinist, Marika Balzat, who will perform with Amy Cottingham at the piano. Marika will also accompany the choir on 'Shepherd's Pipe Carol' and 'The Journey to Badger's House - The Wild Wood Carol' both composed by John Rutter.

Fiona Strathern is Kowhai Singers' piano accompanist.

Carols for Christmas

Renaissance Singers

13 December 2020
St Peter's Church, 229 Ruahine Street $20 general admission, $15 concession, 12 years and under - free Palmerston North Christine Archer-Lockwood
Lorraine Tremain

Christmas is fast approaching and where would our Christmas preparations be without a serving of carols?
Renaissance Singers will be celebrating Carols for Christmas at St Peter’s Church. We know carols are best sung heartily and with Roy Tankersley’s enthusiastic
organ playing you’ll want to sing along too – so this concert won’t be just about our singing.
Music Director, Christine Archer-Lockwood has enjoyed uncovering fresh carols that retell traditional Christmas stories in a new way. Highlights are Cecelia McDowall’s playful setting of the fifteenth century carol Now may we singen with dance rhythms and Gregorian chant inspired harmonies, and award-winning writer Nigel Forde’s poem The earthly choir with its up-town Manhatten Transfer style by Kiwi Christopher Norton.
We are all privileged having Guy Donaldson accompanying us on piano and early audience members may even get to hear the accompanists warming up.
Carols for Christmas will be a special treat

Handel - Messiah

Auckland Choral

13 December 2020
5.00pm / 7.30pm
Auckland Town Hall $10 - $97.50 Auckland Uwe Grodd
Carey McDonald

Auckland Choral’s performances of Messiah are absolutely the quintessential, don’t-miss holiday event for music lovers.

Handel composed Messiah in just 24 days and by the end, he knew he had composed an enduring masterpiece.

Soon after its first performance in 1742 it was established as a national treasure, before the Victorians made it the rock on which an entire choral tradition was built. Back then, vocal and orchestral forces of literally thousands would perform Messiah.

Dazzling vocal  solos such as the heartfelt ‘I Know That My Redeemer Liveth’, the noble ‘The Trumpet Shall Sound’ and the exalted ‘Hallelujah Chorus’, along with instrumental fireworks, and glorious choral writing ensure this concert is an essential highlight of the choral year.

Celebrate the season as your Auckland Choral and Pipers Sinfonia along with stunning New Zealand soloists  perform one of the most inspiring works of music ever written.                                                                                                                     Hallelujah!


Soprano – Jennifer Barrington                                                                                        Mezzo-soprano – Kristin Darragh                                                                                   Tenor – Jared Holt                                                                                                              Bass – Wade Kernot                                                                                                          Pipers Sinfonia

Conductor – Uwe Grodd