Auckland Choral Foundation

Auckland Choral has been bringing joy to New Zealand audiences since 1855. On its 150th anniversary in 2005 the Auckland Choral Foundation was established as a registered charitable trust to help advance the choir’s work through advocacy, publicity, education and fundraising within the whole New Zealand choral music environment.

The Auckland Choral Foundation makes many annual grants such as scholarships to budding soloists or to young promising choristers, funds stage management or singing internships, supports new commissions and otherwise to extend choral boundaries. It is also a catalyst to develop singing for talented people with visual impairment or other disabilities. If you enjoy choral singing please consider contributing to continue that joy and future- proof choirs like Auckland Choral forever.

The work of the Auckland Choral Foundation

Make an investment for the future of Auckland Choral

Auckland Choral Foundation actively seeks gifts and donations, large or small, and bequests from benefactors who wish to assist with this and other choirs’ long-term success. There are several ways to give. We are grateful for your generosity.

DONATIONS

Donations can be made in the following ways:

Electronic Payments:

One-off donations and regular automatic payments are greatly appreciated and can be easily set up through your online banking:

Auckland Choral Foundation account number: 02-0208-0009426-00

Please email your name and address to foundation@aucklandchoral.com

By Cheque

Please post your cheque made out to “Auckland Choral Foundation” together with your contact details to Auckland Choral Foundation, PO Box 7228, Wellesley St, Auckland 1141

*Please note, donations are tax deductible and tax receipts will be issued after 31 March, or as requested.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY

BEQUESTS

BEQUESTS

A gift in your Will to our charity will keep generations singing into the future. Please click below to download our bequest information booklet.

For further information about any of these options please contact us:

  • Email: foundation@aucklandchoral.com  
  • Phone: +64 21 1409 021 Christine Keller Smith, Chair of Auckland Choral Foundation
  • Write to: Auckland Choral Foundation, PO Box 7228, Wellesley Street, Auckland 

Auckland Choral Foundation is a sub-fund of the Auckland Foundation. They successfully invest the Auckland Choral Foundation endowment fund to ensure continuous growth.

The Auckland Choral Foundation gratefully acknowledges their contributors and donors:

Founding Members ($25’000+)

  • Peter & Noela Gibbons
  • John Stevenson 

 

HALLELUJAH ($10’000+)

  • Dame Jenny Gibbs
  • Sylvia K  Rosevear
  • R&H Waters
  • The Wallace Arts Trust

 

ELATION ($5’000 +) 

  • David & Genevieve Becroft Foundation 

 

PRAISE ($1000+)

  • Don Currey
  • A&C Robertson
  • Selwyn Robinson Foundation
  • Bruce & Sandy McLean
  • Kenneth Cornish
  • Michael J Taylor
  • AM Tretter Trust
  • Athena Trust
  • P Wilson & G McGechan
  • Traude Leibbrand
  • C&K Mitchell
  • Anonymous (4)

GLORY 

(Bequests)

  • Estate of Peter Gibbons
  • Estate of MR Barkla
  • Estate of J Vincent
  • Estate of Ken Cornish

 

(Pledged Bequests) 

  • David Hamilton
  • Sylvia K Rosevear
  • Jean McNee
  • C&W Mitchell
  • C&H Smith
  • Lesley Salkeld
  • Beverley Rogers
  • Sarah Cox
  • Ross Blair
  • Joslyn Squire 
  • Anonymous (2)

We also thank our monthly automatic payment donors whose contributions add up to a significant figure over time, no matter how small each month.

OUR PEOPLE

Our people are you, the generous donors and the Foundation Board trustees.

Christine Keller Smith

 (Chair)

Christine Keller Smith

Christine joined the Auckland Choral Foundation Board while a Vice-President of the Auckland Choral Society but she is not a member of the choir, her interest in choral music comes from a background in community development. She talks about the honour of serving such a prestigious choir for the good of the city, the nation and even [when really high-minded] for civilisation as a whole.

She has observed how choirs grow communities and is especially proud to be associated with New Zealand’s longest-running voluntary choir with it’s professional standards, joyful members and large audiences.

Her professional life includes running Community Education Programmes in the Bay of Plenty and Franklin regions for 12 years before taking on the inaugural role of Alumni Director at The University of Auckland [1989 - 2004] followed by Alumni Director at the Australian National University. [2004 - 2010].

The Foundation Board of Trustees

Marion Hammond

 (Trustee)

Marion Hammond

Marion has been a member of Auckland Choral since 2008 and has recently become both a trustee and the Treasurer of the Foundation. She is responsible for all the financial transactions undertaken by the Foundation and prepares the year end accounts and reporting requirements required by the Charities Services. She also works closely with the Auckland Foundation with whom we have a partnership and together are working hard to fund choral singing in Auckland and New Zealand.
Professionally working as an accountant for a property management firm Marion also utilises her skills as Treasurer for the Auckland Dragon Boat Association, a role she has held for over nine years. Her background also includes volunteering for Amateur Theatre Companies in production and management roles which have furthered her knowledge of voluntary organisations. 

Warwick Mitchell

Warwick Mitchell

Warwick 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 Auckland Choral and is a Trustee of four other “not for profit” organisations.

Warwick's business background includes thirty years as a senior executive specialising 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.

John Stevenson

John Stevenson

John enjoys choral singing and has been a singing member of Auckland Choral for 30 years. He has been fully involved in the society throughout that time serving for 20 years on the Auckland Choral Management Committee, much of that time as Deputy Chairman of the committee, and for several years as Chairman of the Finance subcommittee.

John is a  current Trustee of both Auckland Choral and Auckland Choral Foundation, the latter as a founding supporter.

Beverley Rogers

Beverley Rogers

A singing member of Auckland Choral for 12 years, Beverley has enjoyed a lifetime of involvement in the performing arts and has sung with many choirs throughout New Zealand.  She has the choir’s best interests at heart, and as Chair of the Management Committee is committed to its success to offer performances of excellence and to bringing choral music to the wider community of the Auckland region both now and in the future.

Beverley’s commitment to community service over the years has extended across a wide spectrum having served on and chaired a number of charitable organisations trusts. She will bring value to the Foundation as a trustee with her significant experience in governance as well as her profession of event management.

To ensure the ongoing viability of the choir, Beverley is pleased to be a member of the Foundation, where she will work with other trustees to build on the strong financial foundation and develop ongoing investment growth.