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Support Auckland Choral

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

 

Auckland Choral is Auckland’s symphonic choir. For its concert series in 2020, it is offering two awards for student compositions - one for secondary school and one for tertiary age students. A prize in each category is offered for the best work, as selected by an adjudicator nominated by the choir’s management committee. The choir will schedule the winning works during 2020.

Competition regulations

1. The work should be written for a symphonic choir (around 100 voices).

2. The work will be for SATB choir (with limited divisi of parts) and organ. Vocal ranges should be suitable for a choir consisting largely of community singers.

3. The duration of the work will be no more than 5 minutes.

4. The work should use a text by a NZ poet or writer. The text should be related to NZ nature, or history, or a specific place in our country. Obtaining copyright permission for the text is the responsibility of the composer.

5. The score should be laid out using conventional choral formatting. Care should be taken with word underlay. In the case of the winning work, the submitted score should be ready for duplication. Composers grant the choir permission to make further copies for performance at no additional fee. 

6. Submitted works should not have been performed or published previously.

7. Copyright on the music is retained by the composer. The composers of the winning works will allow Auckland Choral to present the premiere performance of the pieces. The winning composers will be expected to attend the premiere although no additional financial support is likely to be available for composers attending from outside Auckland.

8. Entries are to be submitted anonymously. The score should have a nom de plume in place of the composer’s name. The score will be submitted electronically (as a PDF file) with an accompanying email giving the title of the work, the nom de plume used on the score, and contact details. An audio file of a computer realisation (MP3 preferred) may also be included with the submission.

9. Composers must be a New Zealand citizen, or normally resident in New Zealand.

10. Two prizes are offered:

(i) one prize of $500 for students currently (2019) enrolled at a secondary school (or if home-schooled, of secondary school age)

(ii) one prize of $750 for tertiary age students with an upper age limit of 26 years as at 31 December 2019

11. The choir reserves the right to make no awards if scores do not reach a satisfactory standard.

12. Deadline for entries is 20 March 2020 (updated date).

13. Entries, and any queries, should be sent to:

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

  • 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).

     
  • Becky O'Gram

    Picture of Becky O'GramMy earliest memories of singing were car songs, where my sisters and I were squashed in the back of the car while my mother lead the chorus from the front. I started singing in small groups and choirs at age 12 for church events and friends' weddings. I've been a member of some form of choir ever since and now count myself very lucky to be a member of Auckland Choral. I joined in January 2017, with my first concert being the huge St John Passion by Bach. We performed it at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, in German! Singing out that first loud "Herr" gave me goose bumps and was an unforgettable experience. In December that year I got to perform in the Messiah for the first time and hope to do the same every Christmas for a long time to come.

     
  • David Hamilton

    Picture of David HamiltonDavid Hamilton has been singing with the choir since 1982, and is currently President of Auckland Choral. He is a music educator, composition tutor, choral conductor and adjudicator. He has been Deputy Music Director of Auckland Choral (1996-2011) and Composer-in-Residence with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (1999). In 2013 he was guest composer at the national choral event Sing Aotearoa, and in 2015 composer-in-residence at the NZ Singing School. He has won a number of international composer competitions (Italy, USA, UK, and Israel) and in 2014 “Wairua” for solo harp took 1st place in the NZ Harp Society’s competition. In 2016 “American Triptych” took 1st place in a competition for the Stockton Chorale (USA). In 2017 “Are We There Yet?” took 1st place in the Australia and NZ Viola Society composer’s competition, and “Cling to Me” was placed third in the 4th Komos Choral Composition Competition (Bologna, Italy). The choir has commissioned a number of works from him, most recently “Erebus” (2015), and in 2019 will perform “Homecoming – Te Hokinga Mai”. His choral music is widely performed, especially by school and community choirs, and is published in the UK, USA, and Finland. His website is: www.dbhmusic.co.nz

     
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