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Dove Vast Ocean of Light | Whitacre Light and Gold | Lauridsen Lux Aeterna | Prize winning Pieces from Auckland Choral Foundation Young Composer competition | Handel Arrival of the Queen of Sheba | Handel Eternal Source of Light divine | Handel Zadok the Priest | Hamilton A Blessing of Light

 

Light, and the idea of light, is the source of inspiration for the works in this concert. From the resplendent energy of Jonathan Dove’s motet Vast Ocean of Light to the serenity and warmth of Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque, the concert explores various composers’ responses to light.

Lux Aeterna is a tranquil, light-filled piece by one of America’s best-loved choral composers, Morten Lauridsen. He composed this requiem in 1997, the year his mother died – a light-filled continuum of sacred texts, old world structures and new world spirit, according to The Times. 

The lights of the future shine in the presentation of the winning works from the Auckland Choral Foundation Student Composers’ Prize. To end the concert, our Alumni join the choir for David Hamilton’s A Blessing of Light which draws on Celtic texts, and Handel’s exhilarating and joyful Zadok the Priest.

 

Lauren Armishaw soprano

Huw Dann trumpet

Sarah Court alto

Uwe Grodd conductor

Pipers Sinfonia

 

Saturday 29 August, 7.30pm

Holy Trinity Cathedral


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  • Shakira Quinn

    Picture of Josephine ShakiraWith a long history in music and performance, Shakira Quinn was singing in choirs from the age of 5. She has had the privilege of singing under Dr Raymond White, Sir David Willcocks (Kings College, Cambridge) and was a member of the New Zealand National Youth Choir with Professor Peter Godfrey from 1985 – 1988.

    Shakira Quinn' eclectic tastes took her into a multitude of performance genres, including Opera, voiceover for TV and Radio jingles, singing in Rock and Punk bands (although some might have labelled that screaming) Street Theatre, and a Children’s Entertainer with ‘The Aunties.’  She has a degree in Education, and qualifications in Film and Multi-Media.

    Shakira Quinn works as an Alternative Therapist and Empath.  In January 2015, she returned to classical music, joining Auckland Choral as an Alto 2.

     
  • 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.   

     
  • Keith Guyan

    Picture of Keith GuyanKeith spent most of his life as a self-employed freelance graphic designer after graduating with a degree in fine arts. Over several further years of study he obtained professional qualifications in advertising, marketing and tertiary teaching, enjoying being a tutor for fifteen years introducing graphic design to young students, then seven years as a part-time senior lecturer in graphic design at AUT University. He has been a self-taught church organist from the age of thirteen, and since 2002 he has been the Parish Elder, Administrator and Organist in the large multicultural Onehunga Co-operating Parish. His love of singing, church and organ music was nurtured from an early age in a musical family. Since 1980 he has sung Bass in Auckland Choral, conducted by Ray Wilson, Peter Watts, Professor Uwe Grodd and many other inspiring and talented musicians. To quote from Hallelujahs & History  “...for bass Keith Guyan, Auckland Choral has everything: thrilling repertoire, inspiring conductor, friendly and caring singers, satisfying discipline, high musical standards and the privilege of performing some of the masterpieces of choral writing”.

     
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