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HAMILTON In Flanders Fields | FRANCK Panis Angelicus Pièce Héroïque, for organ | FOUHY New work | GRANT New work | YSAŸE Violin Sonata in E minor, op 27 | DURUFLÉ Requiem Op 9 for choir, soprano, baritone, cello and organ



With this wide-ranging concert featuring music of peace and remembrance, Auckland Choral honours those 18,000 New Zealand casualties — including 5000 who died — a hundred years ago in the horror of the Ypres front line around Passchendaele. 

Music by Belgian, French and New Zealand composers will be performed, including the calm Requiem by French composer Maurice Duruflé, works by the Belgian-born César Franck, and a moving solo sonata by Belgian violinist-composer Eugène Ysaÿe.

Musical tributes from New Zealanders will feature a work by David Hamilton and new music on the theme of peace by young composers Sarah Fouhy and Lachlan Grant, first and second prizewinners respectively in the 2016 APO Student Composers competition.

Morag Atchison Soprano

Christopher Tonkin Baritone

Andrew Beer Violin

James Bush Cello

John Wells Organ

Paul Chan Piano

Morag Atchison Soprano

Christopher Tonkin Baritone

Auckland Choral

Elizabeth Lau Conductor

Uwe Grodd Conductor




Sunday 28 May 5.00pm

St Matthew-in-the-City 



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

  • Ann Whitehouse

    Picture of Ann WhitehouseI learnt to sing on my mother's knee and have been singing ever since! In school in Wales I sang in small and large choirs in the eisteddfod. As soon as I left school I joined a choral society and have always been a member of one choir or another. I joined Auckland Choral in 2006 and have been on the management committee for the last 2 years. Choral singing has given me opportunities to make and keep wonderful friends, to travel, to see magnificent buildings, to hear all the major works and many new compositions, and to be part of a fabulous music making machine, always striving to improve. I have sung Handel's Messiah in 4 continents, in 2016 clocked up my 70th Messiah, and I still love it. I am also a semi retired speech language therapist and enjoy spending time with my 5 grandchildren.

  • Jim Allardyce

    Picture of Jim AllardyceJim Allardyce here from Whangarei. Commuting to Auckland for work, down on a Tuesday and back on a Friday, has opened up a new side to my social calendar. Rehearsals at the choir have become my weekly highlight forming a natural part of my week. Joining only this year, I remember going for my first visit to "check it all out" - I sat at the back amazed at the choir sight-reading Mendelssohn in German (as it was their first reading and performance of the piece). Very soon I was in the thick of it - rolling my r's in Mendelssohn's tongue with the other singers in my bass one section. My inaugural concert in the Auckland Town Hall was unforgettable as the choir was stupendous.

    My day job is highly motivating, as a health and safety professional.  Working throughout a range of industries spanning 25 years I continue to provide coaching to ensure people take ownership for managing risk. My daily priority is sustaining zero harm and I do this by ensuring safe work methods and promoting a great safety culture. 


  • Nicola Burton

    Picture of Nicola BurtonMy name is Nicola Burton – Alto 2. I joined the choir 4 years ago and absolutely love it! For me, it is the perfect blend of people, community, fabulous music, the opportunity to perform, feeling uplifted every single rehearsal and a good dose of challenge (it’s tough getting all the German pronunciations right, and actually learning the music!)

    When not in choir I am a busy working mum with two teenage children and a great husband! We have a real love of the outdoors. I always have some sort of crazy goal involving a marathon or sea swim or adventure race and we love exploring NZ walking tracks – what a great country we live in. Ah yes – I love a decent Pinot Noir too!

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