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Being performed for the ninety-ninth consecutive year, Auckland Choral’s Messiah is an annual institution dedicated to Christmas, to Handel, and to some of the most famous music in the world. Just think of the “Hallelujah Chorus”, “The Trumpet Shall Sound”, or “For Unto Us a Child is Born” and immediately the whole musical celebration comes alive before your very ears. Join us again for what amounts to a joyful choral benediction at the end of another year. There is no better way to get into the spirit of Christmas.

Lauren Armishaw Soprano

Elisabeth Harris Mezzo-soprano

Robert Macfarlane Tenor

Joel Amosa Bass

Auckland Choral

Pipers Sinfonia

Uwe Grodd Conductor

 

Monday 18 December 7.30pm

Tuesday 19 December 7.30pm

Auckland Town Hall

 

$42–95, concessions available

 

 

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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!

     
  • Pedro Silva

    Picture of Pedro SilvaPedro discovered and fell in love with choral music while in highschool in Lisbon. Later on he joined Lisboa Cantat, a Lisbon-based symphonic choir. After coming to New Zealand, Pedro joined Auckland Choral, and has since been a member of the Bass section. 

    Alongside with choral music, Pedro loves motorbike riding, travelling and tramping the beautiful landscapes of New Zealand. Professionally, he is the Director of Faculty Operations for the Faculty of Engineering, University of Auckland. 

     
  • Brian Millar

    Picture of Brian MillarBrian Millar (life member) joined the choir in 1978 in time for ‘Messiah’, after starting his choral singing in an all-male church choir, followed by what was the Te Atatu (now Waitakere) Men’s Choir. Brian was on the Auckland Choral committee for several years, and for a while shared the role of co-deputy conductor with David Hamilton. He left the choir about 33 years later, to concentrate on leading his church choir; but continues to actively promote Auckland Choral. He rejoined the choir as a “one-off” to sing in the Mendelssohn ‘Lobegesang’ in October 2016, after being denied the chance to sing it in 1985 (long story! Read about it in ‘Hallelujahs and History,’ the choir’s official history). Two things stand out for Brian through all those years – the diversity of music sung during that time; and the camaraderie that goes with choral singing. Especially on choir trips, having sung with the choir in such places as Kerikeri, Tauranga, Napier (the Cathedral, on Guy Fawkes night; with sky rockets soaring past the large round coloured window there being a distraction!), and Wellington; and on tour with the choir in 2005 when they sang in Christchurch (pre-quake in their Town Hall), Greymouth, Wanaka, and Dunedin.

     
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