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Fields of Gold

Next Offramp

15 May 2021
7:30pm
Bishop Selwyn Chapel, Parnell Cathedral $40 ($35 early bird until 1st May) Auckland Wendy Moore

Join us at the breath-taking Bishop Selwyn Chapel for the premiere of our stunning new repertoire and to hear our special guests Chasing Grace and Stay Tuned.

What an opportunity to experience great a cappella sitting beneath the gold-leafed ceiling and against a backdrop of some of Auckland's most beautiful scenery.

Tickets at :NORtickets@outlook.co.nz.

Hurry, we have limited seating capacity and seats are selling fast !

Haydn's Saint Nicholas Mass

Whangarei Choral

15 May 2021
2:30 PM
Christ Church Anglican Church, Regent $25 for adults, $10 for 18 years and under Whangarei Lisbe Jooste
Craig Blockley
021 2727623
whangareichoral@gmail.com
https://whangareichoralsociety.weebly.com/

You are welcome to join us for our May concert. We are performing Haydn's Saint Nicholas Mass under the direction of Lisbe Jooste. The soloists are Vera Pluijlaar, Emma Blood, Rishi Iyer and Matthew Brereton. Our organist will be Ron Newton and pianist Cathy Teinaki.

In the second half of the concert Whangarei Choral will be singing some all time choral favourites including Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring and Mozart's Ave Verum. We will also be joined by the Charismata Singers under the direction of Lisbe Jooste.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for those 18 years and under. Tickets will be available at the door.
 
Please come and enjoy an afternoon of beautiful music with us.

REQUIEM

Ars Nova Choir Inc

15 May 2021
2.00pm
St Andrew's Church, Liardet Street, New Plymouth Adults $20.00 Students $10.00 New Plymouth Christopher Luke
Jenny Sorensen
067582705
jmsorensen@xtra.co.nz

In 2021, Ars Nova Choir celebrates its 50th Anniversary of formation. As part of the Choir’s Golden Jubilee Concert Season, we are pleased to present the Requiem settings of Gabriel Fauré and W.A. Mozart. Joining us will be soloists Bryony Williams, Linden Loader, John Beaglehole and Ars Nova Choir’s Patron, Roger Wilson. Set in the beauty of St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, New Plymouth, and directed by Christopher J. Luke, both  settings of the Requiem will be accompanied by the Choir’s residential orchestra, Ars Antiqua Chamber Orchestra.

Bright'n Brassy

South Brighton Voices

16 May 2021
2pm
Roy Stokes Hall, 146 Seaview Rd, New Brighton $20 adult $2 child Christchurch Diane Coad
Helen Buxton
033885456
helenevz@xtra.co.nz

South Brighton Voices combine with New Brighton Silver Band
for an afternoon of nostalgia.

We are pleased to be back in Roy Stokes Hall in New Brighton
to bring the community together once again. Afternoon tea will be served.

Singing with Strings

Renaissance Singers

22 May 2021
2:30pm
Cathedral of the Holy Spirit $25 adult, $20 concession, 12 and under free Palmerston North Christine Archer-Lockwood
Lorraine Tremain
https://www.facebook.com/RenaissanceSingersPalmerstonNorth/

In this concert we are delighted to be joined by four highly
accomplished young string players in a celebration of Singing with
Strings. Christine has created an impressive programme of 20th and
21st century works for chamber choir, solo string players, a string
quartet and Guy Donaldson on piano.
The programme opens with Jenny McLeod’s setting of The Poet: A
Song Cycle, one of three song cycles she has composed using Janet
Frame’s poems. The Poet was commissioned for Voices NZ and the
NZ String Quartet and first performed at the 2008 Arts Festival in
Wellington. In our preparation we have been privileged to have had
a workshop with Pepe Becker, who performed in the original concert.
Jenny McLeod’s musical word painting is perfectly matched to Janet
Frame’s eclectic use of words, and the reviewer of the 2008 concert
commented that they “certainly felt something gloriously gungey
and salaciously slimy to the touch.” In our performance we hope you,
too, will be transported to unexpected places.
Two movements from a Dvorak string quartet, and compelling
pieces by Chilcott, Childs, Kesselman, and Rist each involving the
choir and showcasing one of the quartet as solo string player,round
out the programme, which concludes with Gjeilo’s setting of
Christina Rosetti’s The Rose, once again for choir and string quartet.
We are having great fun and challenges learning these very special
pieces and we really look forward to sharing them with you.

First Light - Luminata Voices' Launch Event

Luminata Voices

23 May 2021
3pm
St Matthew-in-the-City, 132 Hobson Street, Auckland Central GA - $30 / Concession (unwaged, senior citizens, students, children) - $20 AUCKLAND Vanessa Kay
Eveline Harvey
eveline_jenkin@yahoo.co.nz
https://www.facebook.com/luminatavoices/

Music; refreshments; meet the singers; celebrate! Join us at our launch event at the beautiful venue of St Matthew-in-the-City.

Formed in 2021, Luminata Voices is a high-calibre women's chamber choir that brings together experienced and highly-trained choral singers from all over Auckland. Led by musical director Vanessa Kay, Luminata Voices celebrates the female voice.

Book tickets at https://events.humanitix.com/first-light-luminata-voices

Cash door sales will also be available.

Be part of our launch - experience the First Light.

Festival Jubilate

Kowhai Singers

28 May 2021
7.30pm
Leigh Community Hall, 4 Cumberland Street, Leigh 0985 $20 per person. Children free WARKWORTH Amy Cottingham
Marion McDermott-Jones
0212176834
m_rjones@xtra.co.nz
http://kowhaisingers.org.nz

The concert will feature an eclectic mix of music selections from modern and sacred Choral to light Classical works. The concert's namesake, Festival Jubilate, is a rousing and joyful Latin choral composition by David Giardiniere. Other notable pieces include a lilting version of the traditional Londonderry Air, Mozart's dramatic Lacrimosa and the hauntingly beautiful, O Radiant Dawn by Scottish composer Sir James MacMillan. Also, we are delighted to present pieces by New Zealand composers Jenny Mcleod and David Hamilton. There are 4 choruses from Johann Strauss's comic operetta Die Fledermaus, serene selection by impressionist composer Claude Debussy and a traditional a capella piece by English Renaissance composer Christopher Tye. We have Kowhai Ladies Ensemble, all members of Kowhai Singers, who will perform some lighter well known pieces like, Rhythm of Life, A thought Like Music and Misty.

 

Mozart Mass in C minor

North Shore Camerata Incorporated (Camerata Chamber Choir)

29 May 2021
7.30 pm
St George’s Presbyterian Church, 2 The Terrace, Takapuna $30; pre-sales $20; students $10; under 13 yrs, free Auckland www.camerata.co.nz

As our first offering of the four concerts planned for Camerata in 2021, this concert centres on Mozart’s “Great” Mass in C Minor, considered one of the maestro’s finest works. With Matthew Howes as conductor and Janet Gibbs accompanying on the piano, the choir sings this complex, melodic and interesting work in four and eight parts. We are delighted that Morag Atchison, one of New Zealand’s leading sopranos, will perform as our principal soprano soloist and Sophia Yang will join her as the second soprano soloist. Further guests will be Sid Chand (tenor) and Dragan Atanasov (bass). To begin the evening, the programme features three other of Mozart’s great and well-loved pieces: Ave Verum Corpus, Laudate Dominum and Exsultate Jubilate. All in all, this will be a concert of magnificent works, sung with great pleasure in what we hope will be an uninterrupted year of music.

There will be a raffle and afterwards, supper in the hall as usual.

Do come along – we’d love to see you there.

Get your tickets from a choir member or via our website, or at the door on the night of the performance.

Applaud! Women in Music

City Choir Dunedin

29 May 2021
7:30 pm
Knox Church Adult $40, Concession $35, Student $10, Child free Dunedin David Burchell
Leta Labuschagne
0276844118
info@citychoirdunedin.org.nz
https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2021/applaud-women-in-music/dunedin

We celebrate the contribution of women to choral music, as symbolised by St Cecilia, the patron saint of music. She was a noble lady of Rome around 230 AD who, despite her vow of virginity, was forced by her parents to marry a pagan nobleman named Valerian. During the wedding Cecilia sat apart singing to God in her heart. She was later declared the saint of musicians.

The programme includes works by Marianna Martines (Austria), Cécile Chaminade (France), Tamsin Jones (United Kingdom), Rosephanye Powell (America), and New Zealander Felicia Edgecombe. Also included is Benjamin Britten’s "Hymn to St Cecilia".

The choir will be joined by soloists Olivia Pike (soprano), Tessa Romano (mezzo-soprano) and Benjamin Madden (tenor), all local Dunedin artists. Sandra Crawshaw, lauded for her excellence on the piano, will provide the accompaniment. Other musicians on flute, oboe, clarinet and organ will add to the riches of this production. David Burchell, who has made a name for himself as a brilliant conductor, will provide musical direction and conduct the performance.

Highlights on the programme:

Marianna Martines (1744–1812), was a singer, pianist and composer of the classical period. Little known today, Marianna Martines was an acclaimed composer in her lifetime who influenced Mozart. Growing up, she took music lessons from a young, struggling composer who rented the attic of her family’s Vienna home. His name was Joseph Haydn. Already as a child she was good enough to perform before the imperial court. "Laudate Pueri Dominum" is a psalm by Mattei that Martines set to music. As befits the text, Marianna’s setting of Psalm 112 is a joyful, energetic work.

Benjamin Britten (1913–1976) composed "Hymn to St Cecilia", a work that is as easy to love as it is to admire. Throughout the hymn it is as if we are floating in the heavens, swooping down towards earth occasionally but then rising up again on the breeze – Britten’s music really is that wondrous and weightless. Small wonder that many Britten conductors count this hymn among their favourites of the composer’s works. The hymn was given its first (radio) performance in 1942.

Felicia Edgecombe (b. 1945), teacher, song-writer and musician, was born in Napier and educated at Tauranga Girls’ College, then later at Auckland University, studying English and Music for a BA degree. She has taught in secondary schools in Auckland and Wellington, serving as Head of Music at Queen Margaret College for many years. She is currently the musical director of the Capital Choir in Wellington. Extensively involved with choirs and church music, she has written many wide-ranging songs. "Shaky Places" is a set of 14 songs for mixed-voice choir, set to poems by various New Zealand poets. It is a collection of quintessential New Zealand experiences including the natural world, puzzles of identity and the Christchurch earthquakes. The individual songs range from powerful and profound to good humoured, witty and evocative.

[Un]Plugged

The Vocal Collective

29 May 2021
4pm
The Piano Centre for Arts and Music $30 adults, $25 concession (student, senior, unwaged) Christchurch Richard Marrett
Sue Bealing
02102 728919
info@thevocalcollective.co.nz
www.thevocalcollective.co.nz

The Vocal Collective returns from touring the Upper South Island and is back for a session of its popular [Un]Plugged format. With acoustic treatments of some popular hits of the last decade and a reprise of highlights from their much-loved Great Kiwi Songbook, you will love this afternoon of song. Join Artistic Director, Richard Marrett with pianist, Caelan Thomas in the beautiful ambience of The Piano.

"Greatest Hits Through The Ages"

RISINGHOLME SINGERS

29 May 2021
2.30pm
Risingholme Theatre, 99 Hawford Road or 26 Reeves Road, Opawa. Tickets $15 (children under 13 free) Christchurch Henry Nicholson
Suzanne Stewart
0272851843
suzanne.stewart@xtra.co.nz

Risingholme Singers present "Greatest Hits Through The Ages".

Music Director: Henry Nicholson.  Accompanist: William Grubb.

Guest Artists: Luka Reardon (Oboe) and Gabriel Baird (Piano)

Mendelssohn and Mozart

Hastings Choral

29 May 2021
4.00 pm
St Matthews Church $25 Adults $5 Students Hastings Gavin McLean
Frances Tod
0211554181
frantod47@gmail.com
Hastings Choral

Festival Jubilate

Kowhai Singers

30 May 2021
4.00pm
Warkworth Town Hall Cnr Nevlle St & Alnwick St $20 per person. Children free WARKWORTH Amy Cottingham
Marion McDermott-Jones
+64212176834
m_rjones@xtra.co.nz
http://kowhaisingers.org.nz

The concert will feature an eclectic mix of music selections from modern and sacred Choral to light Classical works. The concert's namesake, Festival Jubilate, is a rousing and joyful Latin choral composition by David Giardiniere. Other notable pieces include a lilting version of the traditional Londonderry Air, Mozart's dramatic Lacrimosa and the hauntingly beautiful, O Radiant Dawn by Scottish composer Sir James MacMillan. Also, we are delighted to present pieces by New Zealand composers Jenny Mcleod and David Hamilton. There are 4 choruses from Johann Strauss's comic operetta Die Fledermaus, serene selection by impressionist composer Claude Debussy and a traditional a capella piece by English Renaissance composer Christopher Tye. We have Kowhai Ladies Ensemble, all members of Kowhai Singers, who will perform some lighter well known pieces like, Rhythm of Life, A thought Like Music and Misty.

Bach Musica NZ: Mozart Requiem & Grieg Piano Concerto

Bach Musica NZ

13 June 2021
5PM
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall $15 - $70 Auckland Rita Paczian
admin@bachmusica.com
https://bachmusica.com/

Mozart’s famous and mysterious Requiem, performed by Bach Musica NZ’s choir and orchestra;  and NZ star Tony Yan Tong Chen, winner of the 2019 Wallace Piano Competition, playing Grieg’s Piano Concerto. 

Mozart Requiem  

Grieg Piano Concerto 

PRESENTED BY: Bach Musica NZ orchestra and chorus.

Rita Paczian: conductor
Tony Yan Ton Chen: Piano
Natasha Wilson: Soprano
Sarah Court: Alto
Patrick Power: Tenor
James Harrison: Baritone

BRAHMS Ein Deutsches Requiem

Auckland Choral

19 June 2021
7.30pm
Holy Trinity Cathedral $10 - $59 Auckland Uwe Grodd
Carey McDonald
0274031222
cmcdonald599@gmail.com
Aucklandchoral.com

It was the death of Brahms’ mother and the desire to create a memorial to his friend Robert Schumann that makes this music so intensely personal. Brahms wrote,

“[For the title] I would gladly give up the [word] ‘German’ and simply put ‘human.’”

In Clara Schumann’s words it is “… an immense piece that takes hold of one’s whole being like very little else, and combined with all the magic and poetry, has a wonderful, deeply moving and soothing effect.”

With its radiant messages of humanity, consolation and ‘comforting the living’, the Requiem caused a sensation and made Brahms famous, virtually overnight.

Brahms created this so-called ‘London’ version of ‘Ein Deutsches Requiem’ in 1869 as a four-hand piano version of the complete work incorporating voice and orchestra parts. It was not, therefore, simply a reduction of the orchestral parts, but a re-imagining of the entire work.

 

.Joanna Foote, Soprano

James Harrison, Baritone

 

Rosemary Barnes, Piano

Juan Kim, Piano

Auckland Choral

Uwe Grodd, Conductor

 

7.30 pm

Saturday, June 19

Holy Trinity Cathedral

Ticketmaster

Winter Solstice

Rangiora Community Choir

27 June 2021
2pm
Rangiora Methodist Church, King Street Rangiora $8 per adult of $15 for two. Kids free. Rangiora, Christchurch Merle Brown
Kat Tobin
02102247666
rangioracommunitychoir@gmail.com

A selection of songs to celebrate the winter season.

Performance begins 2pm followed by a delicious Afternoon Tea.

Voices Found

Christchurch City Choir

03 July 2021
6:30pm
St Andrew's College Chapel $15-$30 Christchurch Dr John Linker
Mandy Perry
+64274287748
info@citychoir.co.nz
citychoir.co.nz

Join Christchurch City Choir for an evening of music by female composers through the centuries.

Conductor John Linker has selected music including works by Hildegard Bingen, Isabella Leonarda, Fanny Hensel Clara Schumann, Lili Boulanger, Gillian Weir and Jenny McLeod among others.

Performing for the first time in the beautiful chapel at St Andrew's College the Choir continues in a year of 30th Anniversary celebrations.

Concert Sponsor: Ryman Healthcare

I Was Glad

Orpheus Choir Wellington

07 August 2021
7.30pm
Wellington Cathedral of St Paul $15-$40 Wellington Brent Stewart
Nigel MacIntyre
021-245-0067
administrator@orpheuschoir.org.nz
https://orpheuschoir.org.nz/

Orpheus Choir Wellington is delighted to present a programme featuring an all-star lineup of soloists with Music Director Brent Stewart.

I Was Glad is a programme of two halves. Accompanied by an instrumental ensemble, the programme first explores awe-inspiring works from Parry’s glorious anthem, I Was Glad, to Hopkin’s mysterious Past Life Melodies - featuring harmonic overtone singing. To finish, Orpheus Choir Wellington is thrilled to bring together soprano Madeleine Pierard, mezzo Margaret Medlyn, and bass Wade Kernot in a performance of Szymanowski’s masterpiece, Stabat Mater. This work combines traditional liturgical text with Polish folk music, fluctuating between powerful drama and poignant sorrow.

I Was Glad

Orpheus Choir Wellington

08 August 2021
3.00pm
Te Raukura ki Kāpiti $15-$30 Kapiti Brent Stewart
Nigel MacIntyre
021-245-0067
administrator@orpheuschoir.org.nz
https://orpheuschoir.org.nz/

Orpheus Choir Wellington is delighted to present a programme featuring an all-star lineup of soloists with Music Director Brent Stewart.

I Was Glad is a programme of two halves. Accompanied by an instrumental ensemble, the programme first explores awe-inspiring works from Parry’s glorious anthem, I Was Glad, to Hopkin’s mysterious Past Life Melodies - featuring harmonic overtone singing. To finish, Orpheus Choir Wellington is thrilled to bring together soprano Madeleine Pierard, mezzo Margaret Medlyn, and bass Wade Kernot in a performance of Szymanowski’s masterpiece, Stabat Mater. This work combines traditional liturgical text with Polish folk music, fluctuating between powerful drama and poignant sorrow.

Bach Musica NZ: Rodrigo and Rachmaninov

Bach Musica NZ

12 September 2021
5PM
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall $15 - $70 Auckland Rita Paczian
admin@bachmusica.com
https://bachmusica.com/

The most famous guitar concertos of all time, followed by Rachmaninov’s favourite work, the choral symphony The Bells. Featuring international stars Barkin Sertkaya, Paul Whelan and more.

Vivaldi Guitar Concerto 

Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez 

Rachmaninov The Bells op. 35 (choral symphony)

PRESENTED BY Bach Musica NZ orchestra & chorus:

Rita Paczian: Conductor
Barkin Sertkaya: Guitar
Chelsea Dolman: Soprano
Patrick Power: Tenor
Paul Whelan: Bass

Light

Auckland Choral

18 September 2021
7.30pm
Holy Trinity Cathedral $10 - $59 Auckland Uwe Grodd
Carey McDonald
0274031222
admin@aucklandchoral.com
Aucklandchoral.com

From the resplendent energy of Jonathan Dove’s motet ‘Vast Ocean of Light’ to the serenity and warmth of Eric Whitacre’s ‘Lux Aurumque’, this concert explores various composers’ responses to light.

‘Lux Aeterna’ is a tranquil, light-filled piece, which is at the same time transportive and transcendent; penned by one of America’s best-loved choral composers, Morten Lauridsen.

The young choir, Virtuoso Voce, from Diocesan School for Girls, joins Auckland Choral for David Hamilton’s award-winning ‘American Triptych’, setting three texts by American poets on the subject of music and specifically the art of singing; and in ‘A Blessing of Light’, Mezzo

Soprano Sarah Court is the soloist.

Completing the programme is Handel’s ‘Largo of Love’ – Ombra mai fu, the opening aria in the opera ‘Serse”, as well as Philip Smith providing nourishment for lovers of

organ music.

DOVE Vast Ocean of Light

LAUDRIDSEN Lux Aeterna

HAMILTON American Triptych

A Blessing of Light

HANDEL Ombra mai fu

BACH Organ Concerto in C major, BWV 595

WHITACRE Lux Arumque

Sarah Court, Mezzo Soprano

Philip Smith, Organ

Virtuoso Voce

Auckland Choral

Pipers Sinfonia

Uwe Grodd, Conductor

7.30pm

Saturday, September 18

Holy Trinity Cathedral

Ticketmaster

Sing

Auckland Choral

17 October 2021
5.00pm
Auckland Town Hall FREE Auckland Uwe Grodd
Carey McDonald
0274031222
admin@aucklandchoral.com
Aucklandchoral.com

Join us to create Auckland’s biggest choir at the Auckland Town Hall and experience the joy of singing.

A free, fun, short afternoon concert where everyone is welcome – no need to worry about your singing ability! Just bring your enthusiasm and your friends for an uplifting singing experience, designed to bring Aucklanders together for a truly exhilarating community event.

This 1-hour programme will include popular choral favourites and everyone will be invited to join in and ‘sing along’ with choral tunes that you’ve heard before, in a relaxed and informal concert.

This will be a memorable occasion to sing alongside Auckland Choral!

 

Sunday, October 17

Auckland Town Hall

FREE

 

Ben Kubiak, Bass-Baritone

Auckland Choral

Uwe Grodd, Conductor

Mass in B Minor

Orpheus Choir Wellington

27 November 2021
7.30pm
Michael Fowler Centre $15 - $60 Wellington Brent Stewart
Nigel MacIntyre
021-245-0067
administrator@orpheuschoir.org.nz
https://orpheuschoir.org.nz/

Orpheus Choir Wellington is delighted to present a programme featuring an all-star lineup of soloists with Music Director Brent Stewart.

To close the year, we combine forces with Orchestra Wellington for an unmissable
performance of Bach’s monumental masterpiece, Mass in B Minor — the most beautiful and magnificent exhibition of Bach’s life.

Our featured artists are sopranos Emma Pearson and Jenny Wollerman, alto Maaike Christie-Beekman, tenor Declan Cudd, bass Wade Kernot, and Douglas Mews on harpsichord.

Bach Musica NZ: A French Christmas

Bach Musica NZ

05 December 2021
5PM
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall $15 - $70 Auckland Rita Paczian
admin@bachmusica.com
https://bachmusica.com/

A French Christmas with famous music by Poulenc, Debussy, Canteloube, Saint-Saens and more, featuring Bach Musica NZ and international star soprano, Marlena Devoe.

Poulenc Gloria  

Debussy Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune 

And excerpts from:

Canteloube Chants d’Auvergne 

Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony 

Charpentier Te Deum 

PRESENTED BY:  Bach Musica NZ orchestra & chorus.

Rita Paczian: Conductor

Marlena Devoe: Soprano

Handel Messiah

Auckland Choral

13 December 2021
7.30pm
Auckland Town Hall $10 - $97.50 Auckland Uwe Grodd
Carey McDonald
0274031222
admin@aucklandchoral.com
Aucklandchoral.com

Every bar of Handel’s masterpiece speaks to us with passion, beauty and spirituality; it is guaranteed to fill your hearts with joy. From dazzling solos and instrumental fireworks to the most glorious choral writing of all time, this masterwork never fails to thrill all ages.

A musical rite of the Christmas season, Handel’s oratorio still awes listeners nearly three centuries after it burst into existence.

Join your Auckland Choral and Pipers Sinfonia, along with the exciting soloists we will reveal, for this not-to-be-missed Christmas experience.

 

Soloists to be announced in Spring ‘21

Auckland Choral

Pipers Sinfonia

Uwe Grodd, Conductor

 

Monday 13 December, 7.30pm

Tuesday 14 December, 7.30pm

Auckland Town Hall

 

 

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