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Forte’ Fairfield School Children’s Choir; Dunedin Star Singers; Highland Harmony; Dunedin Harmony Chorus; Royal Dunedin Male Choir

29 October 2020
7:30pm
Knox Church Entry by donation Dunedin Carole Randall
0272956477
c.randall@xtra.co.nz

The New Zealand Choral Federation (Otago) presents a concert featuring our local community choirs.

Come and enjoy as choirs celebrate reconnecting in song.

Choirs performing:

  • ‘Forte’ Fairfield School Children’s Choir
  • Dunedin Star Singers
  • Highland Harmony
  • Dunedin Harmony Chorus
  •  Royal Dunedin Male Choir

Steal Away

Camerata Chamber Choir

31 October 2020
7.30pm
St George’s Presbyterian Church, Takapuna $25; students $10; children under 13 yrs free Auckland Matthew Howes
tickets@camerata.co.nz
www.camerata.co.nz

Steal Away for a moment of respite in this oh so crazy covid world.  Come and join us for a concert of reflective American music, drawn from a range of composers, home-grown, immigrant and visitors, modern and traditional.  You will hear music by Morten Lauridsen (O Magnum Mysterium), Eric Whitacre (Seal Lullaby), Ola Gjeilo (Ubi Caritas), Sergei Rachmaninov (Bogoroditse Devo), James Erb (Shenandoah) and Michael Tippett (Steal Away).  Matthew Howes, who kept our singing enterprise together via youtube throughout NZ’s lockdowns, conducts us on this walk through some of America’s most well-known and beautiful choral music.  Janet Gibbs will be bringing her lightning fingers to accompany us, and we have some surprise soloists joining us.  We would love to see you there.  As ever, there will be supper in the hall afterwards so we can gather with you – what a treat to be back in Level 1!

Manawatu-Whanganui SingFest 2020

A variety of choirs

31 October 2020
10.45am
St Peter's Church, Ruahine St, Palmerston North $5 Palmerston North Roy Tankersley
06 355 3908
roytankersley51@gmail.com

The Manawatu-Whanganui SingFest 2020, which was originally scheduled to be held in April, is now being held on Saturday 31 October 2020 at St Peter's Church, Ruahine St, Palmerston North.

Choirs performing include the All Saints' Church Choir, Manawatu Overtones Chorus, Manawatunes Barbershop Chorus, Palmerston North Choral Society, Renaissance Singers and the Take Note Singers.

Pop Stars Plus

City of Auckland Singers

31 October 2020
7.00pm
All Saints Church, 17 Selwyn Rd, Howick $20 adults, $18 seniors, children free Auckland Sue Murray
Raewyn Dakers
521 4651 or 021 038 2785
ldrjd2@gmail.com
www.cityofaucklandsingers.net.nz

Come along to an evening of popular music as The City of Auckland Singers present their annual concert. The concert will be featuring songs from the sixties to the present day. There will be individual items as well as the choir performing.

There will be Gourmet Raffle baskets to be won, and the latest City of Auckland Singers' CDs to buy - $15 each.

A complimentary supper will follow the concert.

Cash only at the door - no EFTpos available.

 

All Spaced Out

Viva Voce

01 November 2020
4.00pm
St Matthew-in-the-City $45 earner, $35 non-earner, Child (school age) $10 Auckland John Rosser
Sue Fletcher
+10221200680
info@vivavoce.org.nz

PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE AND TIME

In 'All Spaced Out', well-known chamber choir Viva Voce describes its response to the pandemic and its aftermath in song.

The programme includes music by Monteverdi, Purcell, Mozart, Elgar, Saint-Saëns and Anthony Ritchie, along with some lighter numbers, and features Eric Whitacre's magnificent 'Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine'.

You are invited to join VV for (free) refreshments straight afterward.

An English Affair

Tauranga Civic Choir

07 November 2020
2:30pm
Otumoetai Baptist Church $10 Tauranga Jeremy Whimster
www.taurangacivicchoir.org.nz/tickets

An English Affair – short pieces by English composers through the ages -  an “all-sorts” programme, with pieces ranging in style, including some jazz, the Beatles, and coronation anthems, so there’s something for everyone.

Don't Forget Your Roots - the great Kiwi songbook

The Vocal Collective

07 November 2020
7.30pm
St Margaret's College, Charles Luney Auditorium $30 Adults, $25 Concession, $15 child Christchurch Richard Marrett
Sue Bealing
02102 728919
info@thevocalcollective.co.nz
www.thevocalcollective.co.nz

A powerhouse of 90 voices, The Vocal Collective is a choir which sings pop and rock music. For these concerts, it has specialised further with a programme devoted to classic numbers which have helped define the sound of Aotearoa New Zealand popular music. From Blue Smoke (1949), through Nature (1969) to Kia Mau Ki Tō Ūkaipō (2019) you are sure to enjoy this showcase of fresh and engaging new arrangements.

Performing with Artistic Director, Richard Marrett, a live band and performances from singer-songwriter Amy Grace and The Vocal Network, the two shows will be a unique celebration of what it means to be a Kiwi. Expect to be reunited with The Feelers, the Finns, Fourmyula, Footrot Flats, Fat Freddy’s Drop, For Today and Forever Tuesday Morning. Expect to fall in love with the great Kiwi songbook all over again.

"Bring Back the Music"

Central Otago Regional Choir

13 November 2020
7.30pm
Athenaeum Hall, 33 Buckingham St, Arrowtown Adults $20, school students free Arrowtown Richard Madden (2020)
Gavin Jack
0274729882
gdmj@xtra.co.nz

In a year punctuated by postponements and cancellations, The Central Otago Regional Choir and conductor Richard Madden are excited to “BRING BACK THE MUSIC!”
The choir is joined by special guests: the distinguished English-born duo, Donald Cullington (piano) and Sydney Manowitz (violin). For many years they each have made their home in Dunedin, where Sydney was the Concert Master of the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra for 20 years. The duo promise to enchant with a selection of much-loved miniatures, featuring Debussy.
Accompanying the choir is talented pianist Sandra Crawshaw, who will delight with her performance of Liszt’s Liebestraum and Clément Doucet’s toe-tapping Hungaria, based on well-known Liszt melodies. In her expert hands, John Rutter’s arrangements of beloved Christmas carols are magically transformed. Equally guaranteed to touch your heart, Mark Hayes’ stunning arrangements of many all time favourites such as “Love Is Here To Stay,” “They Can’t Take That
Away From Me” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone” teamed with “Climb Every Mountain” will definitely lift the spirits.

"Bring Back the Music"

Central Otago Regional Choir

14 November 2020
7.30pm
Lake Wanaka Centre, 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka Adults $20, school students free Wanaka Richard Madden (2020)
Gavin Jack
027 4729882
gdmj@xtra.co.nz

In a year punctuated by postponements and cancellations, The Central Otago Regional Choir and conductor Richard Madden are excited to “BRING BACK THE MUSIC!”
The choir is joined by special guests: the distinguished English-born duo, Donald Cullington (piano) and Sydney Manowitz (violin). For many years they each have made their home in Dunedin, where Sydney was the Concert Master of the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra for 20 years. The duo promise to enchant with a selection of much-loved miniatures, featuring Debussy.
Accompanying the choir is talented pianist Sandra Crawshaw, who will delight with her performance of Liszt’s Liebestraum and Clément Doucet’s toe-tapping Hungaria, based on well-known Liszt melodies. In her expert hands, John Rutter’s arrangements of beloved Christmas carols are magically transformed. Equally guaranteed to touch your heart, Mark Hayes’ stunning arrangements of many all time favourites such as “Love Is Here To Stay,” “They Can’t Take That
Away From Me” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone” teamed with “Climb Every Mountain” will definitely lift the spirits.

"Bring Back the Music"

Central Otago Regional Choir

15 November 2020
2.30pm
Dunstan High School Hall, 12 Enterprise St, Alexandra Adults $20, school students free Alexandra Richard Madden (2020)
Gavin Jack
0274729882

In a year punctuated by postponements and cancellations, The Central Otago Regional Choir and conductor Richard Madden are excited to “BRING BACK THE MUSIC!”
The choir is joined by special guests: the distinguished English-born duo, Donald Cullington (piano) and Sydney Manowitz (violin). For many years they each have made their home in Dunedin, where Sydney was the Concert Master of the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra for 20 years. The duo promise to enchant with a selection of much-loved miniatures, featuring Debussy.
Accompanying the choir is talented pianist Sandra Crawshaw, who will delight with her performance of Liszt’s Liebestraum and Clément Doucet’s toe-tapping Hungaria, based on well-known Liszt melodies. In her expert hands, John Rutter’s arrangements of beloved Christmas carols are magically transformed. Equally guaranteed to touch your heart, Mark Hayes’ stunning arrangements of many all time favourites such as “Love Is Here To Stay,” “They Can’t Take That
Away From Me” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone” teamed with “Climb Every Mountain” will definitely lift the spirits.

Christmas Concert

Wairarapa Singers

21 November 2020
4.00pm
St Matthew's Church, Church St, Masterton $10 or family $25. Door sales only Masterton Andrew Atkins
wairarapasingers.weebly.com

Wairarapa Singers present their Christmas concert featuring John Rutter's Magnificat and other traditional and contemporary Christmas songs.

Soloist: Emily Pratt

Handel's Messiah

Ars Nova Inc

21 November 2020
2pm
Theatre Royal Adults $30, Students $10 (fees appply) New Plymouth Christopher J Luke
Jenny Sorensen
06 7582705
jmsorensen@xtra.co.nz

Concert goers around the world see George Frederic Handel’s triumphant oratorio MESSIAH as the pinnacle of choral works of the Baroque period. Composed in only 24 days in 1741, it is the work of a genius which holds an extraordinary place both among the composer’s works and in the history of music. No other work of its time has seen a continuous sequence of performances from 1742 to the present day.

Ars Nova Choir is delighted to bring back to Taranaki Handel’s celebrated work. Joining them will be Taranaki’s very own Bryony Williams (soprano) along with other prominent New Zealand opera singers Linden Loader (contralto), John Beaglehole (tenor) and Ars Nova Choir’s Patron, Roger Wilson (bass).

Come and hear Handel’s celebrated work accompanied in the Baroque style by Ars Antiqua Chamber Orchestra and directed by Christopher J. Luke.

Tickets available from TSB Showplace and www.ticketek.co.nz from 1 November 2020 (fees apply).

*****

Seraphic Flame and Heav'nly Love

Bach Choir of Wellington and The Queen's Closet

22 November 2020
2.00pm
St Mary of the Angels, Boulcott St, Wellington Wellington Shawn Condon

The Queen's Closet and the Bach Choir of Wellington are excited to announce the start of a new artistic collaboration, beginning with their upcoming concert, "Seraphic Flames and Heav'nly Love," which will be presented on 22 November 2020 at 2pm at St Mary of the Angels in Boulcott Street.  This sumptuous musical experience will feature Henry Purcell's Hail! Bright Cecilia and Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber's glorious Requiem in A major: two very different pieces that will showcase the variety and versatility of The Queen's Closet as a full baroque orchestra, and the talents of The Bach Choir of Wellington and our guest soloists.  To support contact tracing, tickets are available ONLY from Eventfinda: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2020/seraphic-flames-and-heavnly-love/wellington

A Ceremony of Carols

Orpheus Choir Wellington

28 November 2020
6.30pm
Kapiti Performing Arts Centre var Kapiti Brent Stewart
Nigel MacIntyre
021-245-0067
administrator@orpheuschoir.org.nz

Festive repertoire, centring on Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols" (additional repertoire tbc)

Rejoice! Music for Christmas

City Choir Dunedin

28 November 2020
7:30 pm
Dunedin Town Hall $15 - $50 Dunedin David Burchell
Leta E Labuschagne
0276844118
info@citychoirdunedin.org.nz
https://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/event/2400592397842365

City Choir Dunedin presents a programme of choral music for the Christmas season, including Charpentier's 'Messe de Minuit', Britten's 'A Ceremony of Carols', and Bach's 'Magnificat'. The Choir will be joined on stage by the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, with David Burchell conducting. The soloists are Lois Johnston and Caroline Burchell (sopranos), Claire Barton (alto), Andrew Grenon (tenor) and James Harrison (bass). The featured musicians are Helen Webby on harp and Johnny Mottershead on the concert organ.

Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s delightful 'Messe de Minuit pour Noël' (Midnight Mass for Christmas) dates from around 1690 and was probably composed for the great Jesuit church of St. Louis in Paris, where Charpentier held the important post of maître de musique. His idea of basing a whole mass on French Christmas carols was completely original. Altogether there are eleven noëls, most of which are joyful and dance-like in character, reflecting the carol’s secular origins.

Benjamin Britten’s hugely popular 'A Ceremony of Carols' was inspired by his discovery of "The English Galaxy of Shorter Poems".  It is an unusual setting for treble voices and harp.  The “carols” are largely the product of 15th and 16th century writers, most of whom are anonymous.  They retain their unique flavour by Britten's extensive use of old English language.

The breath-taking 'Magnificat' was composed by J.S. Bach in 1723. The impact of this great choral work derives essentially from Bach’s remarkable ability to balance, yet at the same time to exploit to the full, the spiritual and dramatic elements of the concise text of the Magnificat. It is a sublime pearl from an era rich in choral glory.

A Ceremony of Carols

The Orpheus Choir of Wellington

29 November 2020
3.00pm
St Mary of the Angels, Boulcott Street, Wellington var Wellington Brent Stewart
Nigel MacIntyre
021-245-0067
administrator@orpheuschoir.org.nz
http://www.orpheuschoir.org.nz/

Festive repertoire, centring on Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols" (additional repertoire tbc)

Fauré, Finzi & Festive Favourites

Bay of Islands Singers

29 November 2020
14:30
John Dalton Auditorium - The Turner Centre, kerikeri Adult - $30, Students - 18 & under $12 Kerikeri John Jackets
Sylvia Burch
09 407 4582
president@theboisingers.org.nz
www.theboisingers.org.nz

The Bay of Islands Singers

with

Soprano – Elizabeth Mandeno

Tenor – Michael Burch

Baritone – Jarvis Dams

Guest Orchestra led by Emily Allen

Organ – Michael Bell

Conductor – John Jackets

Programme includes:

Fauré Requiem
Haydn Te Deum
Finzi In Terra Pax – Christmas Scene
Holst Christmas Day
Adam O Holy Night
Handel Zadok the priest

The first half of the programme is a performance of the ever popular Fauré Requiem, noted for its underlying sense of hope, serenity and peace.

The second half opens with Haydn’s popular setting of the Te Deum followed by music with a Christmas theme: Gerard Finzi’s evocative In Terra Pax – Christmas Scene written in 1956 followed by a setting of Christmas Carols by Gustav Holst, the all-time favourite O Holy Night and ending with that up-lifting Coronation Anthem by Handel – Zadok the Priest

Soloists:

Elizabeth Mandeno has an MA in Advanced Vocal Technique from the Wales International Academy of Voice where she studied with Dennis O’Neill and Nuccia Focile. Jarvis Dams was the 2017 Winner of the Dame Malvina Major Foundation first prize at the prestigious New Zealand Arias Competition and winner of the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship for 2018. Well-known Kerikeri tenor Michael Burch makes a welcome return to complete the trio

Gounod's St Cecilia Mass

Whangarei Choral

29 November 2020
3:00 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/

We welcome you to join us for our end of the year concert in which we will be performing Gounod's St Cecilia Mass under the direction of Lisbe Jooste. For this work e will be joined by soloists Vera Pluijlaar, Rishi Iyer and Jack Trubshaw. In the second half of the concert we will be joined by the Whangarei Youth Choir under the direction of Maria Satterfield and Charismata under the direction of Lisbe Jooste.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

Handel - Messiah

Auckland Choral

13 December 2020
5.00pm / 7.30pm
Auckland Town Hall $10 - $97.50 Auckland Uwe Grodd
Carey McDonald
0273184559
admin@aucklandchoral.com
www.aucklandchoral.com

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!

Soloists:

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

Conductor – Uwe Grodd

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