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The fallout from COVID-19 has hit the arts sector particularly heavily, with concerts worldwide cancelled: artists, groups and venues left without any certainty as to their future. For the first time since the influenza epidemic of 1918 (which caused the cancellation of our Elijah & Messiah concerts) we too were forced to cancel our last concert, Haydn’s The Seasons - at significant financial cost.

Now, more than ever, we are seeking donations, gifts in kind, sponsorships and bequests to ensure Auckland Choral can continue its day-to-day operations and performances in the future.

If you or your company would like to support us, please consider donating or becoming a sponsor. Contact Carey McDonald on admin@aucklandchoral.com for more information

DOVE Vast Ocean of Light | MCLEOD Light of Lights Beholden | FOUHY Stars I Shall Find | WHITACRE Lux Aurumque | DUBOIS Fiat Lux | LAURIDSEN O Nata Lux |JONGEN Menuet-Scherzo | HAMILTON He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven* Premiere | HAMILTON A Summer Night | HAMILTON Sure on this Shining Night | HAMILTON A Blessing of Light | HANDEL Zadok the Priest

 

This concert has been Cancelled due to COVID-19

 

Auckland Choral Patrons Statement

Auckland Choral regrets to advise that the upcoming Light concert –  will not go ahead as planned owing to the critical COVID-19 situation and the Government’s new limits on mass public gatherings.

We are immensely proud of the wonderful music we have been preparing for our audience and are extremely sad not to have the opportunity to deliver it to our music-loving community, but the health and well-being of all must be our paramount concern at this difficult time.

All purchased tickets will be fully refunded via Ticketmaster and we will be in touch with all stakeholders over the coming days to discuss our change of plans.

We do continue to prepare for our concert with Manukau Symphony Orchestra – Seascapes, as well as our annual Messiah in December, and look forward to seeing you again in the future.

If you have further questions or require up-dated information, please contact our General Manager, Carey McDonald at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., who will either respond or pass on your query to the appropriate person.

Beverley Rogers, Chairperson

Uwe Grodd, Music Director

 

 

 

 

 

A new day dawns for New Zealand….out of the shadow of COVID-19 and towards a bright new future. 

Auckland Choral can’t wait to bring our community back as we present our first public concert after lockdown: “Light”. 

From the resplendent energy of Jonathan Dove’s motet Vast Ocean of Light to the serenity and warmth of Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque, the concert explores various composers’ responses to light. Young composer Sarah Fouhy composed Stars I shall Find, expressing how we can find peace by looking up at the stars that shine every night. 

Light of Lights Beholden is one of NZ composer Jenny McLeod’s Sun Festival Carols, and  David Hamilton’s A Blessing of Light draws on Celtic texts. 

We welcome organist Philip Smith to accompany the choir and feature the organ toccata Fiat Lux by DuBois, and to end the concert, our Alumni join the choir for Handel’s exhilarating and joyful Zadok the Priest.

 

 

 

Sarah Court Alto

Philip Smith Organ

Elizabeth Lau Piano 

Auckland Choral with Auckland Choral Alumni

 

Uwe Grodd Conductor

 

New Date: Friday 25 September, 7.30pm

Holy Trinity Cathedral

 


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

  • 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.

     
  • 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”.

     
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