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  1. Houston Chamber Choir Invited To Participate In Prestigious World Symposium On Choral Music 2020 In Auckland, NZ - Broadway World

    Houston Chamber Choir Invited To Participate In Prestigious World Symposium On Choral Music 2020 In Auckland, NZ  Broadway World

    Houston Chamber Choir has been selected to participate in the prestigious World Symposium on Choral Music 2020 (WSCM2020), to be held in Auckland, New...

  2. 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...

  3. 100 not out - New Zealand Herald

    100 not out  New Zealand Herald

    Auckland Choral has performed Handel's Messiah for 100 consecutive years.

  4. Houston Chamber Choir To Perform At Major International Festival - Houston Public Media

    Houston Chamber Choir To Perform At Major International Festival  Houston Public Media

    Just before Christmas, the Houston Chamber Choir found out that they were selected to perform at the World Symposium on Choral Music – a week-long festival...

  5. New Year honours: Hawke's Bay music teacher Elizabeth Curtis gets QSM - New Zealand Herald

    New Year honours: Hawke's Bay music teacher Elizabeth Curtis gets QSM  New Zealand Herald

    A career spanning about 40 years teaching and performing music in Hawke's Bay has resulted in a Queen's *Service* Medal in the New Year Honours for retired...

  6. Seven days in berlin - Gisborne Herald

    Seven days in berlin  Gisborne Herald

    An invitation from Wales took Mary-Jane Richmond across the world to Germany. She writes about her first few days in Berlin. The email dropped into my...

  7. Fireworks with Uwe Grodd - Radio New Zealand

    Fireworks with Uwe Grodd  Radio New Zealand

    Uwe Grodd is one of New Zealand's best-known musicians – not only here but internationally. He's the founding Music Director of the Manukau City Symphony...

  8. Concert signals conductor's return to where it all began - Independent Community Newspaper

    Concert signals conductor's return to where it all began  Independent Community Newspaper

    When Jonathan Dunlop raises his hands to conduct a concert in South Auckland this month, it'll signal a story coming full circle. Dunlop is the recently appointed...

  9. Choral review: Gallipoli to the Somme - New Zealand Herald

    Choral review: Gallipoli to the Somme  New Zealand Herald

    The choral work Gallipoli to the Somme is a fine addition to NZ works inspired by WWI.

  10. Concert review: Auckland Choral, Auckland Town Hall - New Zealand Herald

    Concert review: Auckland Choral, Auckland Town Hall  New Zealand Herald

    Uwe Grodd's introductions to Auckland Choral's annual Messiah are becoming as much of a tradition as the musical performances that follow them.

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

  • 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).

     
  • Rachel Harrison

    Picture of Rachel HarrisonI am originally from the UK where I studied music. After a few years in London working in Orchestral Management the call of the sea became strong and I spent the next few years yachting. During my time in the Pacific I ended up sailing to New Zealand where I decided to step ashore and have called New Zealand home for just over 9 years. 

    During my time at sea I missed my music, but my clarinet playing days were long gone. I decided I would give singing a try, even though I was a little nervous of my abilities, so I approached Auckland Choral. As soon as I attended my first rehearsal I realised this is what I had been missing and have been a member of Auckland Choral ever since. Auckland Choral became a family to me, and I passionately supported it by being on the Management Committee for several years until May 2016, including Convener of the Music Committee. I love my Wednesday night rehearsals and being able to perform magical works in fabulous venues with friends!

     
  • John Stevenson

    Picture of John StevensonJohn has a passion for 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 sub-committee. 

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

     
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