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A century of Messiahs 

Every performance of Handel’s Messiah is a special event, and Auckland Choral’s 2018 performance will be extra-special, as it is the choir’s hundredth consecutive Messiah. Since the choir’s founding in 1855 there have only been 2 exceptions – the outbreak of World War I and the flu epidemic of 1918. To celebrate this momentous century of Messiahs, the choir will be joined by visiting singers from choral groups near and far, and a stunning line-up of soloists will lead the choir, including Metropolitan Opera star Heather Johnson, New Zealand’s most famous tenor Simon O’Neill, and bass Martin Snell whose “Trumpet Shall Sound” stays in the memory all year round. Join us again to welcome this year’s Christmas and to be part of our amazing “one hundrednot-out” tradition.

 

Marlena Devoe soprano

Heather Johnson mezzo-soprano

Simon O’Neill tenor

Martin Snell bass

Uwe Grodd conductor

Auckland Choral

New Zealand and international guest choirs including City Choir Dunedin and Brisbane Chorale

Pipers Sinfonia

 

Sunday, 16 December 5.00pm

Monday, 17 December 7.30pm

Auckland Town Hall

 

ticketmaster.co.nz / 09 970 9700

$42–$97.50 concession available

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

  • Alison Miller

    Picture of Alison MillerHi, I’m Alison Miller. I have been singing all my life, as both my parents had good voices, and we followed in their footsteps. I’ve sung in both church and community choirs, but when I was a pupil in the EGGS choir, we sang the third chorus part in St Matthew Passion in the Town Hall with Ray Wilson conducting and I was smitten. Years later when we returned to Auckland, and heard Auckland Choral singing Brubeck’s Light in the Wilderness in 1969, I knew I had to belong to this magnificent choir.. I joined in 1970 as a soprano 1, and have been a member since then, with the first concert being Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, with 6 weeks rehearsal time.
    Various committee positions have kept me involved, and I was secretary (in those days - a very basic General Manager) for 7 years, before taking on the Librarian’s position. I was very proud to see our daughter Sandy join Choral while she was still at school, and when I joined the alto line I remember her moral support for me as a new alto. Auckland Choral is my life and the members are my music family, which I am very conscious of every time we perform on stage. Unfortunately I have had to take leave on several occasions because of ill health, but one positive to that is I’ve been in the audience to witness the choir’s great presentations from in front of the stage.

    Away from choir and family, I take a team of handbell ringers who meet each week in East Auckland.

     
  • John Mitchell

    Picture of John MitchellI have always enjoyed singing, one of my ealiest memories is rehearsing a small item “me and my teddy bear” as a preschooler.  Music is fundemental to who I am and have been fortunate to recieve encouragment and opportunities to improve my ability and to perform.  I have performed with: Auckland Boys Choir, NZ Opera (Turandot), Auckland University Singers, Rennaisance singers (Palmerston North) and Auckland Choral since 2012.  I attained Grade 8 (highest level) singing with the Royal School of Music under the tutalage of Evelyn Hatfield.  I’ve also been onstage in several gang shows with Scouts NZ and school shows at Avondale College.

     
  • Aria Zhang

    Picture of Aria ZhangSinging in choirs since I was at Fudan University in Shanghai, I have been regarding singing as one of the most important part of my life. Before I moved to Auckland, I searched online and found Auckland Choral. I told myself: that is the choir I want to join in!
    Then here I am. Being an alto at Auckland Choral, I enjoy every rehearsal we have every Wednesday. I love our conductors and our music committee for their professional selection and interpretation of music works. I love our marketing committee for their enthusiasm and persistence in promoting our performance. Being a helper at the marketing committee, I engaged in campaigns at University campus and the Chinese Community. That is definitely what I want to do as a PhD student at The University of Auckland and as a new Chinese immigrant. 
    Music is a language to communicate with other people no matter which country we come from. Being a member of Auckland Choral, I have an even stronger feeling of integrating into this vibrant and diversified city—Auckland!
     
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