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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

  • Helen Gremillion

    Picture of Helen GremillionHelen Gremillion is a researcher and teacher at Unitec Institute of Technology, and she also heads up research professional development activities for Unitec staff members.  She lives in Mt. Albert with her partner Nigel and daughter Ellie.  She’s been a member of Auckland Choral since 2009.

     
  • 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.   

     
  • Maria Millar

    Picture of Maria MillarHi! I'm Maria Millar. I'm an Alto 1, and also convener of the Auckland Choral Music Committee. I first joined Auckland Choral in 2015, in time for the Missa Solemnis. I come from a musical home, with a Dad who played Organ at church and piano for the local pantomines and performances. Thanks to his influence, I've sung for most of my life. I studied singing with Margaret Medlyn when I lived in Wellington, as well as singing simultaneously with both the Bach Choir and the Orpheus Choir. I was also a performer in two International Festival of the Arts operas: Salome and Madam Butterfly. I lived in Sydney for three years, and stepped away from the predominantly classical choir style, and sang with the gay & lesbian choir, whose repertoire was more contemporary in nature. Then, in 2001 I moved to London, and while there returned to my classical roots and sang with the Wimbledon Choral Society for a number of years. I took a bit of a break from singing when my two children came along, finding it a struggle to juggle full time work and a young family. It was when we finally moved back to NZ in 2014 that I decided it was time to get back into singing. I returned to singing lessons under the tutelage of Claire Martin, and joined the Auckland Choral Society, which was exactly what I was looking for. By day, I work as a marketing researcher and strategist, a job which I've been doing for 20 years, and which has taken me all over the world. When I'm not working or singing, my happy place is in the kitchen. I love to bake - bread, cakes, anything!

     

     
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