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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. Funding announced for stories, dance and Auckland's creative arts - OurAuckland

    Funding announced for stories, dance and Auckland's creative arts  OurAuckland

    Auckland Council's Community Development and Safety Committee approves $324538 for regional arts and culture at its April meeting.

  4. Win a double pass to Manukau Symphony Orchestra's In Paradisum! - Times Online - Auckland

    Win a double pass to Manukau Symphony Orchestra's In Paradisum!  Times Online - Auckland

    An orchestra and two choirs will join forces for the first time In Paradisum ('Into Paradise') for one of the most widely-loved choral-orchestral works. The 70-piece...

  5. Kona Choral Society honors late charter member Alice Daniel for spring concert - West Hawaii Today

    Kona Choral Society honors late charter member Alice Daniel for spring concert  West Hawaii Today

    Kona Choral Society's spring concert will be in honor of the late Alice Daniel. The concert is 4 p.m. Sunday at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa. (Kona Choral...

  6. 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...

  7. 100 not out - New Zealand Herald

    100 not out  New Zealand Herald

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

  8. Rise Heart a Concert for Mother's Day - Auckland Magazine

    Rise Heart a Concert for Mother's Day  Auckland Magazine

    On 12 May, the Graduate Choir NZ will celebrate Mother's Day with a concert of high quality, featuring Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs as the main item,...

  9. 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...

  10. Hui to gauge interest in Tairawhiti music strategy - Gisborne Herald

    Hui to gauge interest in Tairawhiti music strategy  Gisborne Herald

    Auckland is benefitting from a music strategy and Gisborne man Darryl Monteith is envisioning something similar for this region. He invites musicians and...

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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!

     
  • Katherine Hong

    Picture of Katherine HongHi, I am Katherine Hong - Alto 1, joined Auckland Choral in the early 2016.  I am crazy about 18th and 19th century classical music and dreamt one day I could sing "Messiah" in a symphonic choir.  And now not only I sing "Messiah" but also have lots of  opportunities to sing other beautiful and heavenly music which I never dreamt that dream.  No single rehearsal I want to miss.

    I have one son and one furry kid.  I spend most of my time with my furry kid and enjoy watching ballet and will never get bored.

     
  • 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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