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The fallout from COVID-19 has hit the arts sector particularly heavily, with concerts worldwide cancelled: artists, groups and venues left without any certainty as to their future. For the first time since the influenza epidemic of 1918 (which caused the cancellation of our Elijah & Messiah concerts) we too were forced to cancel our last concert, Haydn’s The Seasons - at significant financial cost.

Now, more than ever, we are seeking donations, gifts in kind, sponsorships and bequests to ensure Auckland Choral can continue its day-to-day operations and performances in the future.

If you or your company would like to support us, please consider donating or becoming a sponsor. Contact Carey McDonald on admin@aucklandchoral.com for more information

DOVE Vast Ocean of Light | MCLEOD Light of Lights Beholden | FOUHY Stars I Shall Find | WHITACRE Lux Aurumque | DUBOIS Fiat Lux | LAURIDSEN O Nata Lux |JONGEN Menuet-Scherzo | HAMILTON He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven* Premiere | HAMILTON A Summer Night | HAMILTON Sure on this Shining Night | HAMILTON A Blessing of Light | HANDEL Zadok the Priest

 

This concert has been Cancelled due to COVID-19

 

Auckland Choral Patrons Statement

Auckland Choral regrets to advise that the upcoming Light concert –  will not go ahead as planned owing to the critical COVID-19 situation and the Government’s new limits on mass public gatherings.

We are immensely proud of the wonderful music we have been preparing for our audience and are extremely sad not to have the opportunity to deliver it to our music-loving community, but the health and well-being of all must be our paramount concern at this difficult time.

All purchased tickets will be fully refunded via Ticketmaster and we will be in touch with all stakeholders over the coming days to discuss our change of plans.

We do continue to prepare for our concert with Manukau Symphony Orchestra – Seascapes, as well as our annual Messiah in December, and look forward to seeing you again in the future.

If you have further questions or require up-dated information, please contact our General Manager, Carey McDonald at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., who will either respond or pass on your query to the appropriate person.

Beverley Rogers, Chairperson

Uwe Grodd, Music Director

 

 

 

 

 

A new day dawns for New Zealand….out of the shadow of COVID-19 and towards a bright new future. 

Auckland Choral can’t wait to bring our community back as we present our first public concert after lockdown: “Light”. 

From the resplendent energy of Jonathan Dove’s motet Vast Ocean of Light to the serenity and warmth of Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque, the concert explores various composers’ responses to light. Young composer Sarah Fouhy composed Stars I shall Find, expressing how we can find peace by looking up at the stars that shine every night. 

Light of Lights Beholden is one of NZ composer Jenny McLeod’s Sun Festival Carols, and  David Hamilton’s A Blessing of Light draws on Celtic texts. 

We welcome organist Philip Smith to accompany the choir and feature the organ toccata Fiat Lux by DuBois, and to end the concert, our Alumni join the choir for Handel’s exhilarating and joyful Zadok the Priest.

 

 

 

Sarah Court Alto

Philip Smith Organ

Elizabeth Lau Piano 

Auckland Choral with Auckland Choral Alumni

 

Uwe Grodd Conductor

 

New Date: Friday 25 September, 7.30pm

Holy Trinity Cathedral

 


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Who we are: Get to know some of our choir members

  • Anna Bassett

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    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”.

     

     

     
  • 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.   

     
  • Jim Allardyce

    Picture of Jim AllardyceJim Allardyce here from Whangarei. Commuting to Auckland for work, down on a Tuesday and back on a Friday, has opened up a new side to my social calendar. Rehearsals at the choir have become my weekly highlight forming a natural part of my week. Joining only this year, I remember going for my first visit to "check it all out" - I sat at the back amazed at the choir sight-reading Mendelssohn in German (as it was their first reading and performance of the piece). Very soon I was in the thick of it - rolling my r's in Mendelssohn's tongue with the other singers in my bass one section. My inaugural concert in the Auckland Town Hall was unforgettable as the choir was stupendous.

    My day job is highly motivating, as a health and safety professional.  Working throughout a range of industries spanning 25 years I continue to provide coaching to ensure people take ownership for managing risk. My daily priority is sustaining zero harm and I do this by ensuring safe work methods and promoting a great safety culture. 

     

     
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