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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

DOVE Vast Ocean of Light | MCLEOD Light of Lights Beholden | FOUHY Stars I Shall Find | WHITACRE Lux Aurumque | DUBOIS Fiat Lux | LAURIDSEN O Nata Lux |JONGEN Menuet-Scherzo | HAMILTON He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven* Premiere | HAMILTON A Summer Night | HAMILTON Sure on this Shining Night | HAMILTON A Blessing of Light | HANDEL Zadok the Priest

 

This concert has been Cancelled due to COVID-19

 

Auckland Choral Patrons Statement

Auckland Choral regrets to advise that the upcoming Light concert –  will not go ahead as planned owing to the critical COVID-19 situation and the Government’s new limits on mass public gatherings.

We are immensely proud of the wonderful music we have been preparing for our audience and are extremely sad not to have the opportunity to deliver it to our music-loving community, but the health and well-being of all must be our paramount concern at this difficult time.

All purchased tickets will be fully refunded via Ticketmaster and we will be in touch with all stakeholders over the coming days to discuss our change of plans.

We do continue to prepare for our concert with Manukau Symphony Orchestra – Seascapes, as well as our annual Messiah in December, and look forward to seeing you again in the future.

If you have further questions or require up-dated information, please contact our General Manager, Carey McDonald at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., who will either respond or pass on your query to the appropriate person.

Beverley Rogers, Chairperson

Uwe Grodd, Music Director

 

 

 

 

 

A new day dawns for New Zealand….out of the shadow of COVID-19 and towards a bright new future. 

Auckland Choral can’t wait to bring our community back as we present our first public concert after lockdown: “Light”. 

From the resplendent energy of Jonathan Dove’s motet Vast Ocean of Light to the serenity and warmth of Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque, the concert explores various composers’ responses to light. Young composer Sarah Fouhy composed Stars I shall Find, expressing how we can find peace by looking up at the stars that shine every night. 

Light of Lights Beholden is one of NZ composer Jenny McLeod’s Sun Festival Carols, and  David Hamilton’s A Blessing of Light draws on Celtic texts. 

We welcome organist Philip Smith to accompany the choir and feature the organ toccata Fiat Lux by DuBois, and to end the concert, our Alumni join the choir for Handel’s exhilarating and joyful Zadok the Priest.

 

 

 

Sarah Court Alto

Philip Smith Organ

Elizabeth Lau Piano 

Auckland Choral with Auckland Choral Alumni

 

Uwe Grodd Conductor

 

New Date: Friday 25 September, 7.30pm

Holy Trinity Cathedral

 


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

  • Sandy Bulmer

    Picture of Sandy BulmerLike so many contraltos, I first got put in the alto section as a school girl because I could read music and manage to sing a line of harmony. I joined Auckland Choral when I was in high school and now I’ve been a member for 40 years! I started singing with my mum as a toddler, sitting on her knee while she played the piano and sang soprano and tenor Messiah arias. I used to come to Auckland Choral’s Saturday dress rehearsals in the Town Hall and follow the score in my early teenage years, and it was a natural step to join Mum in the choir when I was 15. I remember Choral Hall in Airedale Street where we used to meet (before Mayoral Drive was built). It was a dusty old building and freezing in winter, but the ladies in the alto section were very kind to me and welcomed me into the back row. Nothing really changes in that respect; the Auckland Choral altos today are a great bunch of people as well!

     
  • Warwick Mitchell

    Picture of Warwick MitchellWarwick brings over thirty years involvement in choral singing and over twenty years in management of choral organisations including Royal Christchurch Musical Society, Christchurch City Choir and over the last 23 years with Auckland Choral.  He is a current singing member and past Chairman of nine years for the group.

    Warwick's business background includes twenty five years as a senior executive specializing in sales and marketing for the Post Haste Limited group.  Warwick joined the board in 2014 with the intent of sharing his extensive experience in choral administration, marketing and fund raising.

     
  • Jim Allardyce

    Picture of Jim AllardyceJim Allardyce here from Whangarei. Commuting to Auckland for work, down on a Tuesday and back on a Friday, has opened up a new side to my social calendar. Rehearsals at the choir have become my weekly highlight forming a natural part of my week. Joining only this year, I remember going for my first visit to "check it all out" - I sat at the back amazed at the choir sight-reading Mendelssohn in German (as it was their first reading and performance of the piece). Very soon I was in the thick of it - rolling my r's in Mendelssohn's tongue with the other singers in my bass one section. My inaugural concert in the Auckland Town Hall was unforgettable as the choir was stupendous.

    My day job is highly motivating, as a health and safety professional.  Working throughout a range of industries spanning 25 years I continue to provide coaching to ensure people take ownership for managing risk. My daily priority is sustaining zero harm and I do this by ensuring safe work methods and promoting a great safety culture. 

     

     
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