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‘One of auckland Choral’s most standout performances in 28 years’

John Stevenson, choir member

 

Paul Winter&Paul Halley’s radical Missa Gaia (Earth Mass) for soprano, choir and jazz ensemble published by Pelagos Music

Paul Winter’s radical Missa Gaia (Earth Mass) adeptly combines a variety of genres to create a musical spectacle that appeals to all. Premiered in 1981, it is a 20th century interpretation of the Mass, embracing the many voices of the earth, from jazz to the sounds of wolf, whale and lion. Conductor Brian Law is synonymous with the Missa Gaia and Auckland Choral is very excited to perform this work under his baton.

As an organisation dedicated to New Zealand music, we open this concert with a new commission from New Zealand composer Anthony Ritchie. Anthony is well-known at home and abroad and produces works that are engaging, energetic and beautifully crafted – qualities this new work for soprano, girls’ choir, chorus and organ achieves superbly.

 

Emma Roxburgh, Soprano

Jennine Bailey, Soprano

Auckland Choral

St Cuthbert’s College Song Squad

Junior Black Watch Singers

Brian Law, Conductor

Pipers Sinfonia:

Alison Dunlop, Oboe

Sarah Spence, Cello

Timothy Noon, Organist

Roger Manins, Soprano Saxophone

Olivier Holland, Acoustic Bass

Ron Samson, Drums

Kevin Field, Piano

 

Lullabies was commissioned by The Auckland Choral Society for their 2015 season, and will be premiered on 6th June, in The Holy Trinity Cathedral, with funding from Creative NZ. It is a cycle of six songs, to be performed without a break, to poems by Elena Poletti, a Dunedin-based poet. Lullabies are common to all cultures, and are richly varied in their themes and moods. These six lullabies traverse different perspectives, both adult and child. ‘Shush-a-shush’ has a parent calming her child to sleep through images of the sea and beach. In ‘Little One’ it is gentle rain than lulls the child to sleep. ‘Sounds of Penguins’ makes a comparison between little blue penguins under a house, and children busily preparing for bed. The moonlight, wind, waves and lighthouse all conspire to finally calm them down. In ‘The Nightsingers’ it is the sounds of tree-frogs, ruru (morepork), and cats that accompany the lullaby; they are presented one by one and then are combined in the coda. ‘Beddington’ is a frisky lullaby for children to sing, and including a round and a ‘Monster-Munch-Up’ chant. The final song ‘Hope of my heart’ reflects on a child’s future, and remembers the passing of a sister and child (represented in the song by the childrens’ voices as echoes). All the forces come together in this song, to round off the cycle.

 

Saturday 6 June 7.30pm

Holy Trinity Cathedral

 

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  • Joslyn Squire

    Picture of Joslyn SquireJoslyn has been a second alto in Auckland Choral since 1983. She enjoys the mental stimulation of working on challenging music and the opportunity to sing larger scale choral works with excellent conductors, soloists and orchestras. The social involvement with like-minded people is an added bonus and many friendships with choir members have been made over the years.
    Joslyn’s childhood experiences with music, first learning piano in New Plymouth, then singing in school choirs, and accompanying school productions and assemblies in Auckland, set the scene for a lifetime of musical interests. She studied piano with Elizabeth Milverton –Carter and Hannah Straford, achieving Trinity College of London Licentiate Diplomas in Piano, Theory and Composition and she has been a piano teacher and member of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers since 1976. Joslyn has taught music and conducted or accompanied school choirs for many years, in her work as a Primary and Intermediate School Teacher.
    Joslyn’s other interests include extensive travel, writing poetry and novels, reading and book club participation, gardening, walking, pilates, and she is on a U3A committee, also particiipating in history interest groups. Joslyn works as a relieving teacher and as an interviewer for the Citizens’Advice Bureau, a role that is always interesting and rewarding .

     
  • Rosemarie Brown

    Picture of Rosemarie BrownI think I’ve been singing my entire life and life without singing is a little empty. I’ve sung in choirs since Primary School and with churches. I’ve sung in bands, concerts and on stage. Nowadays I sing in operas,  concerts, and for the last few years with Auckland Choral. I have sung in the US, Canada, with Symphony orchestras in Australia and New Zealand, with opera companies in Australia and New Zealand. There is nothing more magical, inspiring, uplifting and energising than when you are making absolutely beautiful music with the entire team of musicians and giving enjoyment to many, to transport the listeners into their own world of music and fantasy.  For those times where I resonate with the words, the composer or story – then words cannot express that amazingness, but music can!  I have chills by the time I am finished Handel’s Messiah and that is my icing on the cake every year thanks to Auckland Choral.

     
  • Nigel High

    Picture of Nigel HighNigel grew up choral singing with the choirs of Kings School and Kings College in Auckland, but then took a break for the next 30 years while focusing on his career as a Consulting Engineer in Ottawa Canada where he moved with his wife in 1981. Later he joined a choir in Ottawa as a way of relieving the stresses of the daily grind, and found that he really enjoyed the challenge, stimulation, and therapy that choral singing provides. He sang with Coro Vivo Ottawa and the Ottawa Festival Chorus for many years, and part time with Auckland Choral since 2006 on his many visits back to New Zealand, before moving back to Auckland with his wife Ming, last year.  He sings as a Tenor 2.

    He thoroughly enjoys the music and camaraderie of Auckland Choral, and the high standards demanded by the professional team headed up by Uwe Grod.  While not singing, he spends as much time as possible sailing on the waters of the Hauraki gulf, and since retiring is a keen traveler and cruiser.   

     
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