Auckland Choral, Auckland’s only symphonic choir, is as vibrant and dynamic as ever! Since 1855, Auckland Choral has been performing timeless classic choral works as well as exciting contemporary compositions, including New Zealand premieres, alongside some of our finest soloists and orchestras.

Its members, wide-ranging in age, work intensely at rehearsals and are passionately committed to the music they sing. Bringing a unique blend of artistic excellence, professional polish and community spirit to their performances, they are proud to be part of a choir that continues to play such a significant role in Auckland’s arts scene.

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Under their Music Director, Professor Uwe Grodd, Auckland Choral is going from strength to strength.

 

 

 

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Who we are: Know some of our choir members

  • Yvonne Gwyn

    Picture of Yvonne GwynI joined Auckland Choral as a second soprano in 2015, just in time for a crash course learning the Messiah in six weeks, and have thoroughly enjoyed it since. I sang a lot through school and university, but didn’t sing much for the 10 years prior to joining Auckland Choral.  It’s great to be singing again!  Every rehearsal is fun, and I always leave feeling more upbeat than when I arrive after a day at work. I particularly enjoy baroque and early music, so it was a highlight of 2016 to sing Thomas Tallis’ Spem in Alium.  Although one of the joys of Auckland Choral is getting to know a piece in depth that you wouldn’t have otherwise paid attention to.

    Outside Auckland Choral I am a public transport planner, cycle tourist, and medieval re-enactor.  I love part singing, especially of early music, play the recorder, and am slowly learning to play the rebec and treble viol.

     
  • Josephine Shakira

    Picture of Josephine ShakiraWith a long history in music and performance, Josephine was singing in choirs from the age of 5. She has had the privilege of singing under Dr Raymond White, Sir David Willcocks (Kings College, Cambridge) and was a member of the New Zealand National Youth Choir with Professor Peter Godfrey from 1985 – 1988.

    Josephine’s eclectic tastes took her into a multitude of performance genres, including Opera, voiceover for TV and Radio jingles, singing in Rock and Punk bands (although some might have labelled that screaming) Street Theatre, and a Children’s Entertainer with ‘The Aunties.’  She has a degree in Education, and qualifications in Film and Multi-Media.

    Josephine works as an Alternative Therapist and Empath.  In January 2015, she returned to classical music, joining Auckland Choral as an Alto 2.

     
  • Luis Garcia

    Picture of Luis GarciaOriginally from Leon Mexico, Luis joined Auckland choir in 2013. He is a system engineer with great passion for singing. When he went to listen to the choir practice in an open rehearsal for the first time, he was enchanted by it, and he’s been singing with the choir ever since. His favorite concert has been “Dream of Gerontius” composed by Sir Edward Elgar in 1900. He joined the choir as a Bass and two years later he made the transition to Tenor. 

    Luis first studied overseas in 2005 when he enrolled in an English course at the Australian College of English in Sydney. He’s currently involved in a program by the New Zealand Ministry of Education to upgrade the schools' wireless systems all across the country. Luis is very passionate about music, technology, science, spirituality and meditation.

     
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