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Anthony Ritchie Gallipoli to the Somme | Léonce de Saint-Martin Paraphrase du Psaume 136 | Jeanne Demessieux Te Deum


Celebrating experiences of ordinary people

Anthony Ritchie’s secular cantata Gallipoli to the Somme had a rapturous world premiere last October in Dunedin, and has so far been broadcast twice on RNZ. Premiering in this concert, Anthony Ritchie has prepared a version with an ensemble and organ. Against the backdrop of a horrific war, Ritchie celebrates the experiences of ordinary people from their songs, diary entries, letters, and poems, all brought into irresistible musical life. The Otago Daily Times reviewer was ecstatic. “After the final chord,” she said, “complete silence held the audience before prolonged applause and a standing ovation rewarded this brilliant new work.”

Jenny Wollerman soprano

Jarvis Dams baritone

Philip Smith organ

Uwe Grodd conductor

Pipers Sinfonia Ensemble



Saturday, 14 April, 7.30pm

Holy Trinity Cathedral

$56, concession available / 0800BUYTIX / 09 365 2342


Elizabeth Thomson Caldera (detail), 2012

Courtesy of the Artist and Two Rooms, Auckland

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  • 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.   

  • Aria Zhang

    Picture of Aria ZhangSinging in choirs since I was at Fudan University in Shanghai, I have been regarding singing as one of the most important part of my life. Before I moved to Auckland, I searched online and found Auckland Choral. I told myself: that is the choir I want to join in!
    Then here I am. Being an alto at Auckland Choral, I enjoy every rehearsal we have every Wednesday. I love our conductors and our music committee for their professional selection and interpretation of music works. I love our marketing committee for their enthusiasm and persistence in promoting our performance. Being a helper at the marketing committee, I engaged in campaigns at University campus and the Chinese Community. That is definitely what I want to do as a PhD student at The University of Auckland and as a new Chinese immigrant. 
    Music is a language to communicate with other people no matter which country we come from. Being a member of Auckland Choral, I have an even stronger feeling of integrating into this vibrant and diversified city—Auckland!
  • 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.

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