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  1. Aotearoa to Become the Choral Music Capital of the World - Scoop.co.nz

    Aotearoa to Become the Choral Music Capital of the World  Scoop.co.nz

    Thousands of choral music performers, presenters and practitioners are headed to Auckland for the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music, 11-18 July 2020.

  2. Classical review: NZSO concludes Auckland leg of Beethoven Festival with rousing choral notes - New Zealand Herald

    Classical review: NZSO concludes Auckland leg of Beethoven Festival with rousing choral notes  New Zealand Herald

    NZ Symphony Orchestra in continued good form with rousing Beethoven finale.

  3. Stars shine at the Stand Up Stand Out Finals - OurAuckland

    Stars shine at the Stand Up Stand Out Finals  OurAuckland

    In an electric finals event, Auckland's top young talent left the Stand Up Stand Out audience and judges buzzing at Vodafone Events Centre on Saturday 14...

  4. Big Sing choirs flood into city - Otago Daily Times

    Big Sing choirs flood into city  Otago Daily Times

    In the bathrooms, in the corridors, in cafe queues, even on public transport - there will be humming and singing in all kinds of unusual places over the next three...

  5. Concerto Gala Evening - Auckland Magazine

    Concerto Gala Evening  Auckland Magazine

    Auckland's classical music lovers are in for a treat as the Remuera based Chamber orchestra Wairua Sinfonietta presents an exciting concerto gala for their third...

  6. Classical review: Auckland Choral full-voiced for opening concert - New Zealand Herald

    Classical review: Auckland Choral full-voiced for opening concert  New Zealand Herald

    A short, sprightly Johann Stamitz symphony from the 1740s provided a sparkling overture for Auckland Choral's first 2019 concert. The scholarly expertise of...

  7. Classical review: Auckland Choral's brilliant 100th Messiah celebration - New Zealand Herald

    Classical review: Auckland Choral's brilliant 100th Messiah celebration  New Zealand Herald

    Auckland Choral's Messiah was a glorious celebration of its 100th consecutive annual performance of Handel's oratorio. It was also a timely reminder of Uwe...

  8. Lecturer always drawn by diversity - Otago Daily Times

    Lecturer always drawn by diversity  Otago Daily Times

    The University of Otago's new classical voice lecturer, American Tessa Romano is settling in to New Zealand life. She tells Rebecca Fox about her journey from...

  9. Joy of singing contagious at competition finale - Otago Daily Times

    Joy of singing contagious at competition finale  Otago Daily Times

    Only at the Big Sing National Finale does the audience break into impromptu singing in between the programmed performances. Big Sing Otago host...

  10. Three South Auckland Orchestra & Choirs 'In Paradisum' - Scoop.co.nz

    Three South Auckland Orchestra & Choirs 'In Paradisum'  Scoop.co.nz

    An orchestra and two choirs based in South Auckland will join forces for the first time 'In Paradisum' ('Into Paradise') for one of the most widely-loved...

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

  • Keith Guyan

    Picture of Keith GuyanKeith spent most of his life as a self-employed freelance graphic designer after graduating with a degree in fine arts. Over several further years of study he obtained professional qualifications in advertising, marketing and tertiary teaching, enjoying being a tutor for fifteen years introducing graphic design to young students, then seven years as a part-time senior lecturer in graphic design at AUT University. He has been a self-taught church organist from the age of thirteen, and since 2002 he has been the Parish Elder, Administrator and Organist in the large multicultural Onehunga Co-operating Parish. His love of singing, church and organ music was nurtured from an early age in a musical family. Since 1980 he has sung Bass in Auckland Choral, conducted by Ray Wilson, Peter Watts, Professor Uwe Grodd and many other inspiring and talented musicians. To quote from Hallelujahs & History  “...for bass Keith Guyan, Auckland Choral has everything: thrilling repertoire, inspiring conductor, friendly and caring singers, satisfying discipline, high musical standards and the privilege of performing some of the masterpieces of choral writing”.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Jim Allardyce

    Picture of Jim AllardyceJim Allardyce here from Whangarei. Commuting to Auckland for work, down on a Tuesday and back on a Friday, has opened up a new side to my social calendar. Rehearsals at the choir have become my weekly highlight forming a natural part of my week. Joining only this year, I remember going for my first visit to "check it all out" - I sat at the back amazed at the choir sight-reading Mendelssohn in German (as it was their first reading and performance of the piece). Very soon I was in the thick of it - rolling my r's in Mendelssohn's tongue with the other singers in my bass one section. My inaugural concert in the Auckland Town Hall was unforgettable as the choir was stupendous.

    My day job is highly motivating, as a health and safety professional.  Working throughout a range of industries spanning 25 years I continue to provide coaching to ensure people take ownership for managing risk. My daily priority is sustaining zero harm and I do this by ensuring safe work methods and promoting a great safety culture. 

     

     
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