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‘Simon O’Neill is the best heroic tenor to emerge over the last decade’

The Telegraph

 

Auckland Choral is thrilled to welcome Simon O’Neill to perform alongside an outstanding line up of soloists. Fellow New Zealander Martin Snell, along with soprano Hyeseoung Kwon and mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Dark, will join Simon and the superb Auckland Philharmonia for our Gala concert of 2015.

 

Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis was composed from the heart. Bold, passionate and challenging, Beethoven took inspiration from Handel’s Messiah to produce one of the greatest choral masterpieces of all time.

 

Hyeseoung Kwon, Soprano

Jacqueline Dark, Mezzo-Soprano

Simon O’Neill, Tenor

Martin Snell, Bass

Auckland Choral

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Uwe Grodd, Conductor

 

Saturday 31 October 7.30pm

Auckland Town Hall

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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 .

     
  • Tom Bishop

    Picture of Tom BishopTom Bishop was born in Australia, but has spent more than half of the time since out of it. He started choral singing at the age of nine in the fourth grade, where his teacher, a tall, elegant “confirmed bachelor” embraced new methods of education, which mostly consisted of allowing the class to run wild, but managed somehow to hold onto the idea of discipline enough to conduct the School Choir. In addition to singing, he also mangled the clarinet. Since then he has sung in high school, at University, at work, for work, in his spare time, and in less likely venues such as showers, streets and supermarkets, sometimes to the amazement and annoyance of partners, his children, and random passers-by. More formally, he has sung with the Yale Glee Club, the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, and the Cleveland Early Music Singers, and has been fortunate to work with conductors such as Fenno Heath, Robert Shaw, Pierre Boulez, Richard Hickox, Simon Rattle, and Christoph von Dohnanyi, as well as Uwe Grodd. In his non-singing time, he teaches at the University of Auckland, where he lectures principally on Shakespeare and Drama. He is pleased to be a Tenor 1 because it means he gets a break at auditions.

     
  • Becky O'Gram

    Picture of Becky O'GramMy earliest memories of singing were car songs, where my sisters and I were squashed in the back of the car while my mother lead the chorus from the front. I started singing in small groups and choirs at age 12 for church events and friends' weddings. I've been a member of some form of choir ever since and now count myself very lucky to be a member of Auckland Choral. I joined in January 2017, with my first concert being the huge St John Passion by Bach. We performed it at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, in German! Singing out that first loud "Herr" gave me goose bumps and was an unforgettable experience. In December that year I got to perform in the Messiah for the first time and hope to do the same every Christmas for a long time to come.

     
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