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Even after 100 consecutive performances, the magic of singing Handel’s Messiah continues to excite Auckland Choral.

There are roughly a quarter of a million notes in Messiah and Handel wrote them in 24 days. From the moment of the opening overture followed by the consoling ‘Comfort Ye my People’ the spine tingles with the sense that something special is about to unfold.

Handel confidently announces the birth of Christ with the radiant chorus ‘For unto us a Child is Born’. Then there’s one of the most famous pieces of choral music, the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’. When King George II first heard the ‘Hallelujah’, he leapt to his feet in excitement, which started quite a tradition. Join us to experience the freshness, inspiration and joy of a truly timeless classic full of the most uplifting music ever written.

Let the spirit of Christmas begin…

 

 

An exciting lineup of soloists to be released!

Uwe Grodd conductor

Auckland Choral

Pipers Sinfonia

 

Monday 16 December & Tuesday 17 December, 7.30pm

Auckland Town Hall

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09 970 9700

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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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