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  1. Classical review: Auckland Choral's brilliant 100th Messiah celebration - New Zealand Herald

    Classical review: Auckland Choral's brilliant 100th Messiah celebration  New Zealand Herald

    Auckland Choral's Messiah was a glorious celebration of its 100th consecutive annual performance of Handel's oratorio. It was also a timely reminder of Uwe...

  2. 100 not out - New Zealand Herald

    100 not out  New Zealand Herald

    Auckland Choral has performed Handel's Messiah for 100 consecutive years.

  3. Houston Chamber Choir Invited To Participate In Prestigious World Symposium On Choral Music 2020 In Auckland, NZ - Broadway World

    Houston Chamber Choir Invited To Participate In Prestigious World Symposium On Choral Music 2020 In Auckland, NZ  Broadway World

    Houston Chamber Choir has been selected to participate in the prestigious World Symposium on Choral Music 2020 (WSCM2020), to be held in Auckland, New...

  4. Triple honours for Whangara - Gisborne Herald

    Triple honours for Whangara  Gisborne Herald

    by Shaan Te Kani Published: February 25, 2019 1:36PM. Whangara bringing home three trophies. Whangara bringing home three trophies. Whangara Mai...

  5. Concert signals conductor's return to where it all began - Independent Community Newspaper

    Concert signals conductor's return to where it all began  Independent Community Newspaper

    When Jonathan Dunlop raises his hands to conduct a concert in South Auckland this month, it'll signal a story coming full circle. Dunlop is the recently appointed...

  6. Fireworks with Uwe Grodd - Radio New Zealand

    Fireworks with Uwe Grodd  Radio New Zealand

    Uwe Grodd is one of New Zealand's best-known musicians – not only here but internationally. He's the founding Music Director of the Manukau City Symphony...

  7. Concert review: Auckland Choral, Auckland Town Hall - New Zealand Herald

    Concert review: Auckland Choral, Auckland Town Hall  New Zealand Herald

    Uwe Grodd's introductions to Auckland Choral's annual Messiah are becoming as much of a tradition as the musical performances that follow them.

  8. Choral review: Gallipoli to the Somme - New Zealand Herald

    Choral review: Gallipoli to the Somme  New Zealand Herald

    The choral work Gallipoli to the Somme is a fine addition to NZ works inspired by WWI.

  9. Christmas in the Land of the Long White Cloud - Canada Free Press

    Christmas in the Land of the Long White Cloud  Canada Free Press

    By Travel New Zealand —— Bio and Archives--December 20, 2018. Travel | Comments | Print Friendly | Subscribe | Email Us. AddThis Sharing Buttons.

  10. Chelsea Jade performs 'Perfect Stranger' with the St Mary's School Choir - Radio New Zealand

    Chelsea Jade performs 'Perfect Stranger' with the St Mary's School Choir  Radio New Zealand

    To celebrate the release of her new album Personal Best, Chelsea Jade arranged a very special collaboration with the St Mary's College choir and RNZ Music.

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

  • Olive Leddy

    Picture of Olive LeddyI have sung ever since I can remember, joining choirs through school and university, and in the course of teaching, took up conducting choirs. Around this time I re-discovered the personal joy of singing in a choir and have sung with Auckland Choral for over ten years now. As Chair of the Auckland Committee of the New Zealand Choral Federation, I am doing all I can to strengthen the choral community in our city, supporting  many choirs in primary, intermediate and secondary schools as well as our adult choirs. I have many other areas of interest, enjoy travelling with my husband and connecting with our three children. Music is an integral part of my life that I believe benefits in a multitude of ways those who participate in it. Everyone needs to find places of personal well-being and coming to Auckland Choral’s practices each week, is one of mine.

     
  • 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.   

     
  • Marion Hammond

    Picture of Marion HammondMarion has been a member of Auckland Choral since 2008 and has recently become both a trustee and the Treasurer of the Foundation. She is responsible for all the financial transactions undertaken by the Foundation and prepares the year end accounts and reporting requirements required by the Charities Services. She also works closely with the Auckland Foundation with whom we have a partnership and together are working hard to fund choral singing in Auckland and New Zealand.
    Professionally working as an accountant for a property management firm Marion also utilises her skills as Treasurer for the Auckland Dragon Boat Association, a role she has held for over nine years. Her background also includes volunteering for Amateur Theatre Companies in production and management roles which have furthered her knowledge of voluntary organisations.

     
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