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

  • John Mitchell

    Picture of John MitchellI have always enjoyed singing, one of my ealiest memories is rehearsing a small item “me and my teddy bear” as a preschooler.  Music is fundemental to who I am and have been fortunate to recieve encouragment and opportunities to improve my ability and to perform.  I have performed with: Auckland Boys Choir, NZ Opera (Turandot), Auckland University Singers, Rennaisance singers (Palmerston North) and Auckland Choral since 2012.  I attained Grade 8 (highest level) singing with the Royal School of Music under the tutalage of Evelyn Hatfield.  I’ve also been onstage in several gang shows with Scouts NZ and school shows at Avondale College.

     
  • Josephine Shakira

    Picture of Josephine ShakiraWith a long history in music and performance, Josephine was singing in choirs from the age of 5. She has had the privilege of singing under Dr Raymond White, Sir David Willcocks (Kings College, Cambridge) and was a member of the New Zealand National Youth Choir with Professor Peter Godfrey from 1985 – 1988.

    Josephine’s eclectic tastes took her into a multitude of performance genres, including Opera, voiceover for TV and Radio jingles, singing in Rock and Punk bands (although some might have labelled that screaming) Street Theatre, and a Children’s Entertainer with ‘The Aunties.’  She has a degree in Education, and qualifications in Film and Multi-Media.

    Josephine works as an Alternative Therapist and Empath.  In January 2015, she returned to classical music, joining Auckland Choral as an Alto 2.

     
  • Brian Millar

    Picture of Brian MillarBrian Millar (life member) joined the choir in 1978 in time for ‘Messiah’, after starting his choral singing in an all-male church choir, followed by what was the Te Atatu (now Waitakere) Men’s Choir. Brian was on the Auckland Choral committee for several years, and for a while shared the role of co-deputy conductor with David Hamilton. He left the choir about 33 years later, to concentrate on leading his church choir; but continues to actively promote Auckland Choral. He rejoined the choir as a “one-off” to sing in the Mendelssohn ‘Lobegesang’ in October 2016, after being denied the chance to sing it in 1985 (long story! Read about it in ‘Hallelujahs and History,’ the choir’s official history). Two things stand out for Brian through all those years – the diversity of music sung during that time; and the camaraderie that goes with choral singing. Especially on choir trips, having sung with the choir in such places as Kerikeri, Tauranga, Napier (the Cathedral, on Guy Fawkes night; with sky rockets soaring past the large round coloured window there being a distraction!), and Wellington; and on tour with the choir in 2005 when they sang in Christchurch (pre-quake in their Town Hall), Greymouth, Wanaka, and Dunedin.

     
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