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Regional events in the Canterbury / West Coast region

Christchurch City Chorus OPEN NIGHTS
Christchurch City Chorus
Date / Time: 16/11/2022 7.00pm
Venue: Cashmere High School (Barrington St entrance)
City: Christchurch
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Come launch your singing career with the international, award winning Christchurch City Chorus. ‘Enriching voices, enriching lives’.

Do you love to sing?  Is the performer in you ready to emerge?  
Do you want a musical escape where you can make friends with other diverse, dynamic women?

Christchurch City Chorus is New Zealand's premier chorus of dynamic, vital and exciting female performers. Our members enjoy our Wednesday evening rehearsals because they are all about musical fun and achievement. You’ll find we’ll change your life, so come and join us at our rehearsals.

You now have the opportunity to experience this first hand at one of our open nights.

We rehearse every Wednesday evening from 7pm to 10pm at McCombs Performing Arts Centre, Cashmere High School, 61 Barrington Street.

To join our chorus you do not need to read music or have a trained singing voice. You only need to be able to sing in tune. Ongoing training is provided in vocal, breathing and visual performance skills.

If you are interested in joining the Chorus, you will be placed in one of four voice parts – tenor, lead, baritone or bass. The Chorus will provide you with music and learning tracks to take home. What could be easier?


16, 23 November 7-9.30pm

1, 8 February 2023  7-9.30pm

Conductor: Virginia Humphrey-Taylor
Contact: Virginia Humphrey-Taylor
Phone: 0211077116
Email: love2sing@ccchorus.co.nz
Website: www.ccchorus.co.nz
Ticket prices: Free
Christchurch City Choir
Date / Time: 03/12/2022 7:30pm
Venue: Christchurch Town Hall
City: Christchurch
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Christchurch City Choir returns to the Christchurch Town Hall with it’s annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, joined by friends and whānau, conducted by Dr John Linker and accompanied by the CSO.  A perennial favourite in the concert calendar, Messiah signals that Christmas is on its way.  Joyful, majestic and uplifting. Opera soloists, organ, harpsichord, orchestra and choir unite to tell the story of the Messiah.  2022 soloists are NZ based international Soprano Madeleine Pierard, Alto Leisa Falconer, Tenor Andrew Grenon and Bass James Ioelu. Tickets through Ticketek.

Principal Sponsor Cuningham Taylor Law

Concert Sponsors South Island Heart and Mitre 10 Mega Ferrymead


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Conductor: Dr John Linker
Contact: Mandy Perry
Phone: +64274287748
Email: info@citychoir.co.nz
Website: citychoir.co.nz
Ticket prices: $18-$60
Songs of Faith, Food & Festivities
Schola Cantorum
Date / Time: 04/12/2022 2pm
Venue: Rose Historic Chapel, 866 Colombo Street, Christchurch Central
City: Christchurch
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Songs of Faith, Food & Festivities: Sacred & secular early music for Christmas
presented by Schola Cantorum, Conducted by Courtney Hickmott,
with Jane Brown, cello and Roger Buckton, flute

Sunday 4th December, 2pm at the Rose Historic Chapel,
866 Colombo Street, Christchurch Central

Admission by koha ($10-20 suggested)
Email scholacan@gmail.com to reserve your ticket

Conductor: Courtney Hickmott
Email: scholacan@gmail.com
Ticket prices: Admission by koha ($10-20 suggested)
Handel Messiah
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament Choir
Date / Time: 11/12/2022 1.30 pm
Venue: Catholic Pro-Cathedral, 373 Manchester St, Christchurch
City: Christchurch
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Handel’s Messiah will be presented by CBS Music in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Manchester St.,
on Sunday, December 11, 2022, at 1.30 pm.

Soloists will be Sarah-Jane Rennie, Thomas Woodfield, Wally Enright, Ken Joblin and Chris
Whelan. The Cathedral Orchestra will be led by Natalia M. Lomeiko, with continuo Janet Cubey
and Grant Bartley. Don Whelan will direct. Admission is by programme donation of $20 and $15,
available at the door.

This annual performance has continued to attract a substantial audience. Messiah proved a popular
choice on the group’s first four European tours, and its concerts throughout the Americas. While
awaiting a future cathedral building. the spacious and resonant Catholic Pro-Cathedral, Manchester
St, is proving an excellent concert venue and temporary home for the regular cathedral music
programme. The adjacent CBS Music Centre provides a substantial second auditorium, with very
good acoustics and dedicated lighting, used for rehearsals and chamber music concerts.

At this year’s Christmas Midnight Mass, the CBS Choir and Orchestra will perform Weber’s lovely
“Jubilee Mass“ in G within its original liturgical context. Written in 1818 for the golden wedding
of the King of Saxony in Dresden, this charming setting captivates the listener by its unaffectedness
and its striking orchestral writing. Instrumental timbres colour the liturgical text, and prominent
wind instruments give a Romantic expressiveness. It would have been first heard in the choir
gallery of the magnificent royal chapel, now Dresden Cathedral, where CBS Choir and Orchestra
have twice given concerts. The preceding vigil, beginning at 10.30 pm, will contain the usual
congregational carols.

Next year, CBS Music continues its popular Lunch Plus Wednesday At One recital series, the
Bach St John Passion at 8 pm on Good Friday, and another Christmas Messiah at 1.30 pm on
Sunday, 10 December. Orchestral concerts are planned for 12 February and 12 March, a Patronal
Festival on 11 June, and a Viennese concert on 10 September. The CBS musical year will conclude
with a performance of Dvorak’s Mass in D at next year’s Christmas Midnight Mass.

New members are welcome to join the cathedral choir, which rehearses on Wednesday evenings at
7.30 pm in the CBS Music Centre. Sight reading ability is expected. Those interested should contact
the musical director, Don Whelan, ph. 358 5873.

Conductor: Don Whelan
Website: www.cathedral.org.nz
Ticket prices: Programme Donation $20 & $15
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