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Regional events in the Auckland region

"Christmas and more" concert: A selection of Yuletide and other music
Pohutukawa Singers
Date / Time: 02/12/2022 7.30 and 4 pm
Venue: Albany Presbyterian Church and St Chad's Huapai
City: Auckland
more info

There are some favourite carol sing-alongs for audience members who would like to join in, and a selection of lesser known but very beautiful carols - as well as some very enjoyable non-Christmas choral music.  Entry includes refreshments with the choir after the performance.

Conductor: Arthur Adams-Close
Contact: Moira Hobbs
Phone: 0211817423
Email: moira.hobbs@gmail.com
Ticket prices: $15 presale/$20 at door, children a gold coin
Carols and Cantata: Christmas with Camerata
Camerata Chamber Choir
Date / Time: 03/12/2022 7.30pm
Venue: St George's Presbyterian Church, The Terrace, Takapuna
City: Auckland
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Wachet Auf! Awake, the bridegroom comes. This is the crux of Johann Sebastian Bach's most famous cantata, and how we open Camerata's Christmas concert for 2022. We will be accompanied on the organ by the ever versatile Nicholas Forbes, and enjoy soloists Henrietta Reid (soprano) and James Butler (bass). The second half of the concert will include many Christmas favourites, including John Rutter's arrangement of O Holy NightJesus Christ the Apple Tree by Elizabeth Poston, and Tomorrow shall be my Dancing Day by John Gardner. And of course you too get the chance to sing along for some of our most well known carols.

There will be a raffle (bring some cash!) and supper in the hall afterwards.

We'd love you to come and join us for this concert!
Ticket information at www.camerata.co.nz.
Conductor: Matthew Howes
Email: tickets@camerata.co.nz
Website: www.camerata.co.nz
Ticket prices: $30; pre-sales $25; students $10; under 13 yrs free. Door sales cash only.
Christmas with Cantorum
Cantorum
Date / Time: 10/12/2022 5 pm
Venue: All Saints Church, Ponsonby
City: Auckland
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Cantorum’s Christmas concert contains some reflective pieces and some joyous carols even some for you to sing. We welcome back Megan Quartermass as our pianist and highlight a first performance of our commissioned piece written by Jessie Leov.
Conductor: Anita Banbury
Website: https://cantorum.nz/
Ticket prices: $30/$25/$10 (Door/Advance/Student)
A Merry Little Christmas Concert
The Sitting Room Singers
Date / Time: 11/12/2022 3pm
Venue: University of Auckland Epsom Campus Music auditorium, 74 Epsom Ave
City: Auckland
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Have yourself a merry little Christmas concert with the Sitting Room Singers.

Join us on 11 December, at the University of Auckland Epsom Campus Music auditorium for an afternoon of beautiful carols and all-around holiday vibes

Venue: 74 Epsom Ave
Epsom, Auckland
Gate 3, Block B

3-4:30pm

Plenty of free parking on site

Tickets will be sold at the door (cash or bank transfer)

General admission: $20
Kids and students: $10

You are welcome to join us for an afternoon tea from 4:30pm (gold coin koha appreciated).

We look forward to seeing you there!

Conductor: Sam Gordon
Website: https://www.facebook.com/SittingRoomSingers
Ticket prices: $20 / $10
Bach Musica NZ: Best of Bach
Bach Musica NZ
Date / Time: 11/12/2022 5PM
Venue: Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall
City: Auckland
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Bach Musica NZ presents Best of Bach with Bach’s Magnificat, Violin Concerto in E Major, Flute Concerto in e minor BWV 1059/35 (NZ premiere), Jauchzet, frohlocket from Christmas Oratorio.

Rita Paczian conductor

Yanghe Yu Violin 

Luca Manghi Flute 

Elizabeth Mandeno Soprano

Wendy Dawn Thompson Alto

Iain Tetley Tenor 

James Harrison Baritone 

Best of Bach concert commences with the NZ premiere of the composer’s Flute Concerto in e minor, played by internationally acclaimed Italian flutist Luca Manghi.

Choir and full orchestra assemble next to perform Bach’s most famous Christmas chorus Jauchzet, frohlocket, the opening music of his Christmas Oratorio.  

Bach Musica NZ’s concertmaster, Yanghe Yu, features as soloist in Bach’s Violin Concerto in E Major. 

In the second half, Bach Musica NZ presents the composer’s famous Magnificat, scored for four vocal soloists, 5-part chorus and large Baroque orchestra, including three majestic trumpets. The ultimate Christmas music!

“It is conceivable, that when Bach premiered his immortal work in Leipzig almost 300 years ago, that the quality of his concert would have been eclipsed last Sunday by that of Bach Musica NZ‘s rendition - and this in remote New Zealand!”

Rainer W. Buhmann, review of Bach Musica NZ’s St Matthew Passion performance in April 2021.

Book tickets now.

Conductor: Rita Paczian
Website: https://bachmusica.com/
Ticket prices: $15 - $70
Handel Messiah
Auckland Choral
Date / Time: 18/12/2022 5.00pm
Venue: Auckland Town Hall
City: Auckland
more info

Uwe Grodd conductor
Isabella Moore soprano
Kate Webber mezzo soprano
Emmanuel Fonoti-Fuimaono tenor
Benson Wilson baritone
Auckland Choral
Pipers Sinfonia
Sunday 18 December, 5.00pm
Monday 19 December, 7.30pm
Auckland Town Hall
ticketmaster.co.nz/09 970 9700

Messiah brings people such joy and overwhelming
pleasure, so it’s easy to understand its phenomenal
popularity.
In 1742, Handel’s name drew such a crowd that
audience members were advised to leave their hooped
skirts and swords at home for fear of overcrowding at the
Dublin premiere.
The tradition of presenting the much-loved masterpiece
at Christmas rather than Easter grew out of fundraisers
knowing that people’s spirit of giving to charities was far
greater at Christmas, and by the 1960s Messiah had been
almost completely transformed to a Christmas event.
Handel’s beautiful music transcends its biblical text,
embracing the possibility of hope and rebirth after the
darkest of times. Auckland Choral is thrilled to be able to
return to this celebration of hope and new beginnings…
dazzling solos and instrumental fireworks… the most
glorious choral writing of all time, this masterwork never
fails to thrill all ages.

Conductor: Uwe Grodd
Contact: Shelley Robertson
Phone: 0274031222
Email: admin@aucklandchoral.com
Website: www.aucklandchoral.com
Ticket prices: $10 - $97.50
Handel Messiah
Auckland Choral
Date / Time: 19/12/2022 7.30pm
Venue: Auckland Town Hall
City: Auckland
more info

Uwe Grodd conductor
Isabella Moore soprano
Kate Webber mezzo soprano
Emmanuel Fonoti-Fuimaono tenor
Benson Wilson baritone
Auckland Choral
Pipers Sinfonia
Sunday 18 December, 5.00pm
Monday 19 December, 7.30pm
Auckland Town Hall
ticketmaster.co.nz/09 970 9700

Messiah brings people such joy and overwhelming
pleasure, so it’s easy to understand its phenomenal
popularity.
In 1742, Handel’s name drew such a crowd that
audience members were advised to leave their hooped
skirts and swords at home for fear of overcrowding at the
Dublin premiere.
The tradition of presenting the much-loved masterpiece
at Christmas rather than Easter grew out of fundraisers
knowing that people’s spirit of giving to charities was far
greater at Christmas, and by the 1960s Messiah had been
almost completely transformed to a Christmas event.
Handel’s beautiful music transcends its biblical text,
embracing the possibility of hope and rebirth after the
darkest of times. Auckland Choral is thrilled to be able to
return to this celebration of hope and new beginnings…
dazzling solos and instrumental fireworks… the most
glorious choral writing of all time, this masterwork never
fails to thrill all ages.

Conductor: Uwe Grodd
Contact: Shelley Robertson
Phone: 0274031222
Email: admin@aucklandchoral.com
Website: www.aucklandchoral.com
Ticket prices: $10 - $97.50
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