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Who We Are

Auckland Choral:

  • - Is a choir of 120-strong mixed voices from all walks of life.
  • - Has been singing for Auckland since 1855 and is the oldest arts organisation in New Zealand.

What We Do

  • - Continue our tradition of performing some of the great symphonic choral works.
  • - Cater for diverse audiences of Aucklanders of all ages.
  • - Perform with professional orchestras and soloists.
  • - Support and nurture New Zealand music and composers.

Help Make This Happen

Donations, gifts in kind and sponsorships are all an essential part of ensuring Auckland Choral can continue on its journey of “Singing to Inspire”.

If you or your company would like to help us to continue to enrich Auckland’s classical music community with world-class choral works, including the annual “Messiah” performances each Christmas, please consider making a donation or becoming a sponsor. This will be immensely helpful in supporting our day-to-day operations and by also advertising your business to our discerning audience, will create a winning combination.

 

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Your donation is tax deductible. You can now claim donation tax credits online in a myIR account.

You can find more information on ird.govt.nz/donations.

 

Please contact Auckland Choral’s General Manager, Carey McDonald on either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 027-403-1222 for a no-obligation chat.

 

Auckland Choral 100th Hallelujahs Documentary

Watch the full documentary of about Auckland Choral's 100th consecutive performance of Handel's Messiah: 

 

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

  • Jacob Siohane-Royle

    Picture of Jacob Siohane-RoyleI joined late last year in the Soprano 1 section, and am currently Auckland Choral’s youngest member, at 14 years old.  Born and raised in Auckland, I have worked with professional music companies such as New Zealand Opera, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Opera Factory, and others.  Auckland Choral rehearsals are generally the highlight of my week.  In 2015 I gained first place in Opera Factory’s Idol competition. This year in the Aria international vocal competition, I came 1st in two of the four categories available.  Outside of music, I study in year 10 at Kristin School in Albany, and I play flute and piano.  

     
  • Alison Miller

    Picture of Alison MillerHi, I’m Alison Miller. I have been singing all my life, as both my parents had good voices, and we followed in their footsteps. I’ve sung in both church and community choirs, but when I was a pupil in the EGGS choir, we sang the third chorus part in St Matthew Passion in the Town Hall with Ray Wilson conducting and I was smitten. Years later when we returned to Auckland, and heard Auckland Choral singing Brubeck’s Light in the Wilderness in 1969, I knew I had to belong to this magnificent choir.. I joined in 1970 as a soprano 1, and have been a member since then, with the first concert being Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, with 6 weeks rehearsal time.
    Various committee positions have kept me involved, and I was secretary (in those days - a very basic General Manager) for 7 years, before taking on the Librarian’s position. I was very proud to see our daughter Sandy join Choral while she was still at school, and when I joined the alto line I remember her moral support for me as a new alto. Auckland Choral is my life and the members are my music family, which I am very conscious of every time we perform on stage. Unfortunately I have had to take leave on several occasions because of ill health, but one positive to that is I’ve been in the audience to witness the choir’s great presentations from in front of the stage.

    Away from choir and family, I take a team of handbell ringers who meet each week in East Auckland.

     
  • Traude Leibbrand

    Picture of Traude LeibbrandTraude has been a choral singer since 1998 and she is the immediate past Chair of Auckland Choral. In this role she has been instrumental in updating the way the organisation operates and she has learnt valuable lessons about running a voluntary, community based organisation - something she feels very passionate about.  As a health professional running her own business, she is aware of the many positive effects that choral singing has on one's well-being - physically, mentally and socially. 

    In 2015 she was invited to become a trustee of the Auckland Choral Foundation, a role in which she can continue to actively contribute to develop and nurture choral singing in New Zealand, and Auckland Choral in particular.

     
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