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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 100 not out - New Zealand Herald

    100 not out  New Zealand Herald

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

  4. Houston Chamber Choir To Perform At Major International Festival - Houston Public Media

    Houston Chamber Choir To Perform At Major International Festival  Houston Public Media

    Just before Christmas, the Houston Chamber Choir found out that they were selected to perform at the World Symposium on Choral Music – a week-long festival...

  5. New Year honours: Hawke's Bay music teacher Elizabeth Curtis gets QSM - New Zealand Herald

    New Year honours: Hawke's Bay music teacher Elizabeth Curtis gets QSM  New Zealand Herald

    A career spanning about 40 years teaching and performing music in Hawke's Bay has resulted in a Queen's *Service* Medal in the New Year Honours for retired...

  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. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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...

  10. This weekend we want to go to... - New Zealand Herald

    This weekend we want to go to...  New Zealand Herald

    Neck of the Woods: 95bFM throws some of the best parties in town, so you'd be silly to miss their silly season send-off. The 95bFM Christmas Party '18 features...

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

  • Albert Wilson

    Picture of Albert WilsonHi! I’m Albert Wilson, and only joined Auckland Choral in 2018, as a Tenor.
    Originally from South Africa, I have sung in choirs since I can remember, therefore it was only natural to join a choir again and continue this passion, when I relocated to New Zealand.
    Choral music is so much more than singing… It creates a sense of belonging and community - being part of something special and inspiring. Therefore, being part of Auckland Choral is truly special!
    With its rich history, committed leadership and world-class conductor, I feel extremely honoured to sing in the choir, especially at the centenary celebration of Handel’s Messiah. Performing this piece is a dream come true, and I feel very lucky to be part of it.

     
  • 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).

     
  • 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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