At the end of each conference day, delegates will enjoy a concert featuring some of the country’s finest talent. All three concerts are open to the public and will be held in the Dorothy Winstone Theatre at Auckland Girls' Grammar School.
THURSDAY 15 JULY, 7.30PM
Showcasing the Chinese influences of The Music Association of Auckland, the gospel a cappella stylings of Jubilation, the rich sound and diverse repertoire of The Graduate Choir NZ and the vibrancy of Kaitaia Community Voices, who will share a fusion of gospel and popular styles influenced by music of the Pacific.
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FRIDAY 16 JULY, 7.30PM
Featuring Auckland’s rainbow choir GALS, the fresh sound of the Auckland Youth Choir, the inclusive, all-comers choir Everybody Sings - bringing over 150 of their members to show what community singing is all about - and one of Auckland’s top chamber choirs, renowned for its innovative programming, Viva Voce.
SATURDAY 17 JULY, 7.30PM
Our final concert features performances by taonga pūoro player Horomona Horo, the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir and Te Kapahaka ō Te Wharekura ō Hoani Waititi Marae as well as two compositions workshopped earlier that day, performed by Auckland members of Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir.
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New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir
For over 30 years, the New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir has gathered New Zealand’s finest young singers to learn from some of the country’s most experienced choral practitioners. Following nationwide auditions, up to 60 singers are invited to join the NZSSC for a two-year educational programme of vocal training and music skills development. The choir gathers three to four times per year during school holidays, and performs in cities throughout New Zealand. The pinnacle of membership is to represent New Zealand at an international festival or competition. Recent tours include as Resident Choir at the Belt and Road World Choir Festival (2018 in Hong Kong), as Guest Choir at the International Choral Kathaumixw (2016 in Canada) and as Guest Choir at the Orientale Concentus VII (2014 in Singapore). In 2018, NZSSC merged under one umbrella with NZ Youth Choir and Voices NZ, and in 2019 welcomed Sue Densem of Christchurch as their new Music Director.
Te Kapahaka o Te Wharekura o Hoani Waititi Marae
Ko Te Aho Matua hei tāhūhū mō tō mātou whare. Ka noho matua ko te reo me ngā tikanga Māori, ka mutu, ko te whakawhanaungatanga, ko te manaaki, ko te mahi tahi a te tuakana me te teina anō hoki hei hoa haere. Ka eke ana mātou ki te papa o Tātāwhāinga, ka tū hoki mātou hei kanohi mō tō mātou marae, mō tō mātou kura, otirā, mō ō mātou whānau katoa. Hāunga anō a Whakataetae me ōna katoa, ko te aronga matua kia haere rangatira atu, kia hoki rangatira anō hoki ki tō mātou marae.
The young people of Te Wharekura o Hoani Waititi Marae strive to live life in a Māori way, utilising the philosophy of Te Aho Matua as guidance. They view life through a Māori lens, ensuring that all relationships are meaningful. The practice of the older students looking after and teaching the younger students is paramount and, above all, their language and practices are at the forefront of everything they do. Kapahaka is integral in ensuring that Māori cultural values are upheld and continued - it is also a lot of fun.
Te Wharekura o Hoani Waititi Marae is the first total immersion high school in the country. They are a follow-on from the tuākana of the kaupapa set by kaumātua to ensure the survival of the Māori language, Te Kōhanga Reo, and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori. Their tauira have been raised and taught completely in the Māori language and through a Māori worldview.
Composer, practitioner and cross genre collaborator, Horomona Horo has fused the traditional instruments of the Maori, taonga puoro (singing treasures), within a diverse range of cultural and musical forms. Mentored by tohunga (experts) of taonga puoro, the late Dr Hirini Melbourne and Richard Nunns, in 2001, Horo won the inaugural Dynasty Heritage Concerto Competition and in the intervening years has become the international Maori face of Taonga Puoro. Performances include orchestral work with the Weimarer Staatskapelle Orchestra, hip-hop with Pao Pao Pao, Opera in the Park with Kiri Te Kanawa, guest artist at the 90th Commemorations of the Battle of Passchendaele, and international tours with Moana and the Tribe, Canti Maori, Irish collaboration - Green Fire Islands and the Voices NZ Chamber Choir have enabled Horomona to extend his knowledge and skills across diverse genres whilst remaining a cultural and musical educator in his own right.
Auckland members of Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir
Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir, with Music Director Dr Karen Grylls, made its début at the 1998 New Zealand International Arts Festival and later that year won awards at the Tolosa International Choral Competition in Spain.
As a nationally selected choir of the highest calibre, Voices NZ is a chamber choir that is flexible in size, and capable of performing a wide repertoire. Many of the singers are alumni of the New Zealand Youth Choir.
With its distinct New Zealand sound, performing music from Aotearoa New Zealand and infusing the qualities of its pacific origins into the classic choral repertoire, Voices NZ has established itself as the country’s premier national and professional choir. Voices NZ tours nationally and internationally and is the choir-of-choice for arts festivals, special projects and collaborations.
24 selected Auckland based Voices NZ members will be performing at Choral Connect 2021, conducted by Dr Karen Grylls.