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You can’t get a choral concert more varied than this one. Think of it as a journey of the spirit: Bruckner’s fervent little gem Os Justi Meditabitur prepares the way for the world premiere of a brand-new and deeply felt memorial in music—Erebus—by Auckland’s very own David Hamilton.

Utterly different is the riotous, mid-1930s work Carmina Burana—a no-holds-barred lampoon of the medieval clergy, set to fabulous music by Carl Orff, here in version for pianos and percussion. The wild frenzy of the opening number has chalked up dozens of media appearances from after-shave adverts to film soundtracks. Essentially, this is a whirlwind of some two dozen songs that are highly impressive as music, sometimes gentle, sometimes rowdy, but always funny and hugely approachable.

Jennifer Barrington, Soprano
Stephen Diaz, Tenor
Te Oti Rakena, Baritone
Auckland Choral
Pipers Ensemble
Rachel Fuller, Piano
Rosemary Barnes, Piano
King’s School Chapel Choir
Uwe Grodd, Conductor

Tickets are available at eventfinda.co.nz or phone 0800 BUYTIXS (0800 289 8497).
Price $55, concessions available.

 

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

  • Sandy Bulmer

    Picture of Sandy BulmerLike so many contraltos, I first got put in the alto section as a school girl because I could read music and manage to sing a line of harmony. I joined Auckland Choral when I was in high school and now I’ve been a member for 40 years! I started singing with my mum as a toddler, sitting on her knee while she played the piano and sang soprano and tenor Messiah arias. I used to come to Auckland Choral’s Saturday dress rehearsals in the Town Hall and follow the score in my early teenage years, and it was a natural step to join Mum in the choir when I was 15. I remember Choral Hall in Airedale Street where we used to meet (before Mayoral Drive was built). It was a dusty old building and freezing in winter, but the ladies in the alto section were very kind to me and welcomed me into the back row. Nothing really changes in that respect; the Auckland Choral altos today are a great bunch of people as well!

     
  • 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”.

     
  • 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).

     
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