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Stamitz Sinfonia a Quattro in A | Hamilton Homecoming, Te Hokinga Mai (2018) | Haydn Nelson Mass, Mass for troubled times

Originally called Missa in Angustiis, Mass for Troubled Times, Haydn’s mighty choral work is now forever associated with Admiral Nelson’s victory over Napoleon. Haydn wrote it at a time of intense fear for the future of Austria and the sense of urgency and the unknown can be felt throughout the work.

David Hamilton selected Vincent O’Sulivan’s poem ‘Home Coming – Te Hokinga Mai’, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. David was drawn to the energy and joy of the country welcoming home its soldiers. One of the most influential figures in European music during the mid-eighteenth century, Johann Stamitz, composed 58 sinfonias. The then cutting-edge mini-symphonies of Stamitz were both energetic and sensuous. The ‘Sinfonia A Quattro in A’ is a fitting overture.


Uwe Grodd conductor

Anna Leese soprano

Kate Webber mezzo-soprano

Jared Holt tenor

James Harrison baritone

Auckland Choral

Pipers Sinfonia

 

Saturday 4 May 7.30pm

Holy Trinity Cathedral

 

 

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

  • David Hamilton

    Picture of David HamiltonDavid Hamilton has been singing with the choir since 1982, and is currently President of Auckland Choral. He is a music educator, composition tutor, choral conductor and adjudicator. He has been Deputy Music Director of Auckland Choral (1996-2011) and Composer-in-Residence with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (1999). In 2013 he was guest composer at the national choral event Sing Aotearoa, and in 2015 composer-in-residence at the NZ Singing School. He has won a number of international composer competitions (Italy, USA, UK, and Israel) and in 2014 “Wairua” for solo harp took 1st place in the NZ Harp Society’s competition. In 2016 “American Triptych” took 1st place in a competition for the Stockton Chorale (USA). In 2017 “Are We There Yet?” took 1st place in the Australia and NZ Viola Society composer’s competition, and “Cling to Me” was placed third in the 4th Komos Choral Composition Competition (Bologna, Italy). The choir has commissioned a number of works from him, most recently “Erebus” (2015), and in 2019 will perform “Homecoming – Te Hokinga Mai”. His choral music is widely performed, especially by school and community choirs, and is published in the UK, USA, and Finland. His website is: www.dbhmusic.co.nz

     
  • Neil Hawkes

    Picture of Neil Hawkes in a flying armchairHi, I’m Neil Hawkes - I have been singing for a while: Tewkesbury Abbey choir from the ages of 5 to 30yrs, then a variety of English choirs before coming to NZ. When I arrived in Auckland I sang with the Choral Society, then with the Anglican Cathedral Choir and the Graduate Choir, before being stopped by a heart condition (since fixed 100%).

    Other hobbies include gyrocopters - see photo of the flying armchair…

    I am an engineer, currently studying for a PhD at Auckland Uni in mechanical engineering (carbon-neutral power generation).

     
  • Jane Gee

    Picture of Jane GeeI joined Auckland Choral in 2008. I enjoy the challenges of the big works which are inspired by Uwe's leadership. Singing with Auckland Choral is as important to me as breathing! And second only to my husband and family. My grandmother said that you should 'do The Messiah' at least once before you die! I have have had the privilege of singing it many times. I have made many friends and hope to sing with Choral for many years to come.

     
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