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From the first blush of spring to impending winter, this masterwork covers a full year of living.

Winter storms and whistling ploughmen, hymns of praise and boisterous drinking songs, The Seasons is a celebration of Haydn’s natural world, of sunrises and sunsets, vivid musical depictions and sounds of rustic fauna: cattle, buzzing bees, quail, a cricket and a frog!

Joseph Haydn was born in an era when nature touched every part of life, and he died in an age of revolution. Haydn’s sequel to The Creation, The Seasons is an irresistibly tuneful panorama of 18th-century life and love in all its bustling, earthy exuberance.

Inspired by his time in London and written specially to appeal to British audiences, The Seasons was Haydn’s last major work and he lavished great care on the piece, combining choral forces and soloists with masterful orchestration and ingenious word-setting.

And it doesn’t come around all that often – so this performance will be a real occasion.

 

Emma Pearson soprano

Christopher Bowen tenor

James Harrison baritone

Uwe Grodd conductor

Pipers Sinfonia

 

Saturday 9 May, 7.30pm

Holy Trinity Cathedral

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09 970 9700

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  • Nigel High

    Picture of Nigel HighNigel grew up choral singing with the choirs of Kings School and Kings College in Auckland, but then took a break for the next 30 years while focusing on his career as a Consulting Engineer in Ottawa Canada where he moved with his wife in 1981. Later he joined a choir in Ottawa as a way of relieving the stresses of the daily grind, and found that he really enjoyed the challenge, stimulation, and therapy that choral singing provides. He sang with Coro Vivo Ottawa and the Ottawa Festival Chorus for many years, and part time with Auckland Choral since 2006 on his many visits back to New Zealand, before moving back to Auckland with his wife Ming, last year.  He sings as a Tenor 2.

    He thoroughly enjoys the music and camaraderie of Auckland Choral, and the high standards demanded by the professional team headed up by Uwe Grod.  While not singing, he spends as much time as possible sailing on the waters of the Hauraki gulf, and since retiring is a keen traveler and cruiser.   

     
  • Pedro Silva

    Picture of Pedro Silva

    I discovered and have fallen in love with choral music while I was in high school in Lisbon. Later I joined Lisboa Cantat, a Lisbon-based symphonic choir for a few years. After coming to New Zealand, in early 2013 I joined Auckland Choral, and I have since been a member of the Bass section. 

    Alongside with choral music, I love motorbike riding, travelling and tramping the beautiful landscapes of New Zealand. Professionally, I work for the Faculty of Engineering, University of Auckland as Director of Faculty Operations.

     
  • Neil Hawkes

    Picture of Neil Hawkes in a flying armchairHi, I’m Neil Hawkes - I have been singing for a while: Tewkesbury Abbey choir from the ages of 5 to 30yrs, then a variety of English choirs before coming to NZ. When I arrived in Auckland I sang with the Choral Society, then with the Anglican Cathedral Choir and the Graduate Choir, before being stopped by a heart condition (since fixed 100%).

    Other hobbies include gyrocopters - see photo of the flying armchair…

    I am an engineer, currently studying for a PhD at Auckland Uni in mechanical engineering (carbon-neutral power generation).

     
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