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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

ticketmaster.co.nz
09 970 9700

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  • Tom Bishop

    Picture of Tom BishopTom Bishop was born in Australia, but has spent more than half of the time since out of it. He started choral singing at the age of nine in the fourth grade, where his teacher, a tall, elegant “confirmed bachelor” embraced new methods of education, which mostly consisted of allowing the class to run wild, but managed somehow to hold onto the idea of discipline enough to conduct the School Choir. In addition to singing, he also mangled the clarinet. Since then he has sung in high school, at University, at work, for work, in his spare time, and in less likely venues such as showers, streets and supermarkets, sometimes to the amazement and annoyance of partners, his children, and random passers-by. More formally, he has sung with the Yale Glee Club, the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, and the Cleveland Early Music Singers, and has been fortunate to work with conductors such as Fenno Heath, Robert Shaw, Pierre Boulez, Richard Hickox, Simon Rattle, and Christoph von Dohnanyi, as well as Uwe Grodd. In his non-singing time, he teaches at the University of Auckland, where he lectures principally on Shakespeare and Drama. He is pleased to be a Tenor 1 because it means he gets a break at auditions.

     
  • John Stevenson

    Picture of John StevensonJohn has a passion for choral singing and has been a singing member of Auckland Choral for 30 years. He has been fully involved in the society throughout that time serving for 20 years on the Auckland Choral Management Committee, much of that time as Deputy Chairman of the Committee,, and for several years as Chairman of the Finance sub-committee. 

    John is a current Trustee of both Auckland Choral and Auckland Choral Foundation, the later as a founding supporter.

     
  • Anna Bassett

    Picture of Anna Bassett

    Hi, I’m Anna, and I am originally from the UK but have called New Zealand home for over 20 years. I sang in choirs in the UK in a past life but had a long sabbatical owing to a transient career in the yachting industry, sailing far and wide. I joined Auckland Choral in 2011 when work brought me closer to home, and became a member of the Management and Marketing committees. I sing sop 1, and I am thrilled to be singing again, particularly as part of such an inspiring, fun and talented choir.

    More recently I got a degree in Sport Management at Unitec, and I freelance between sport events, the marine industry and a Youth Leadership programme at Unitec. For kicks, I love to tramp, ski, swim, climb, sail, paddle – and generally go for really long walks in the beautiful New Zealand “outback”.

     

     

     
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