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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. 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. Sign up to sing out at the AUCKLAND TOWN HALL - Scoop.co.nz

    Sign up to sing out at the AUCKLAND TOWN HALL  Scoop.co.nz

    I would advise those 30-60-year-olds who indulge in the overuse of active wear to stop it - at once.” (older participant, Sing it to my Face ) “The older generation...

  4. Youth choir summit in Hong Kong values appreciation over rivalry - South China Morning Post

    Youth choir summit in Hong Kong values appreciation over rivalry  South China Morning Post

    Some 1600 take part in concerts for Asia Pacific Choral Summit that seek to eliminate school rivalries and promote shared learning.

  5. 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...

  6. 100 not out - New Zealand Herald

    100 not out  New Zealand Herald

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

  7. 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...

  8. 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.

  9. Why Is Everyone Always Stealing Black Music? - The New York Times

    Why Is Everyone Always Stealing Black Music?  The New York Times

    Because it's the sound of complete artistic freedom.

  10. Hilary Barry's life goals: get old, get fired, play the cello - Stuff.co.nz

    Hilary Barry's life goals: get old, get fired, play the cello  Stuff.co.nz

    The TV icon dreams of becoming the oldest woman in television history, getting fired, then learning the cello.

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

  • Maria Millar

    Picture of Maria MillarHi! I'm Maria Millar. I'm an Alto 1, and also convener of the Auckland Choral Music Committee. I first joined Auckland Choral in 2015, in time for the Missa Solemnis. I come from a musical home, with a Dad who played Organ at church and piano for the local pantomines and performances. Thanks to his influence, I've sung for most of my life. I studied singing with Margaret Medlyn when I lived in Wellington, as well as singing simultaneously with both the Bach Choir and the Orpheus Choir. I was also a performer in two International Festival of the Arts operas: Salome and Madam Butterfly. I lived in Sydney for three years, and stepped away from the predominantly classical choir style, and sang with the gay & lesbian choir, whose repertoire was more contemporary in nature. Then, in 2001 I moved to London, and while there returned to my classical roots and sang with the Wimbledon Choral Society for a number of years. I took a bit of a break from singing when my two children came along, finding it a struggle to juggle full time work and a young family. It was when we finally moved back to NZ in 2014 that I decided it was time to get back into singing. I returned to singing lessons under the tutelage of Claire Martin, and joined the Auckland Choral Society, which was exactly what I was looking for. By day, I work as a marketing researcher and strategist, a job which I've been doing for 20 years, and which has taken me all over the world. When I'm not working or singing, my happy place is in the kitchen. I love to bake - bread, cakes, anything!

     

     
  • 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!

     
  • Colleen Elliott

    Picture of Colleen ElliottColleen Elliott joined Auckland Choral in 1999. She comes from a musical background starting with piano at aged 7 which also included being a foundation member of the Whangarei Childrens Choir formed by her Mother in the mid 1950’s. Colleen passed LTCL performers in piano but never completed it as the desire to sing became more the focus and formal vocal training commenced.

    After marrying and raising 3 children over the next 2 decades, singing lessons ceased and all music was put aside until she heard Auckland Choral perform in 1997 at the opening of the newly refurbished Auckland Town Hall. This inspiring performance ultimately led to the courage to audition and acceptance as a singing member. Colleen loves learning the vast range of wonderful new works, the regular vocal coaching given every week, sharing her love of music with others and benefits significantly from the health benefits that singing offers. She has been actively involved as Membership Secretary for NZ Choral Federation for the past 4 years. Vivante Recording, a supporter of Auckland Choral is managed by her husband Larry who records most performances for archive purposes and has engineered two CD’s for Auckland Choral in past years.

     
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