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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Please join us to celebrate Christmas through music and song.
With our special friends Atlas Voices, Christchurch Girls'Choir, String quartet, Promenade and others
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
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.
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
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