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Anthony Ritchie Gallipoli to the Somme | Léonce de Saint-Martin Paraphrase du Psaume 136 | Jeanne Demessieux Te Deum

 

Celebrating experiences of ordinary people

Anthony Ritchie’s secular cantata Gallipoli to the Somme had a rapturous world premiere last October in Dunedin, and has so far been broadcast twice on RNZ. Premiering in this concert, Anthony Ritchie has prepared a version with an ensemble and organ. Against the backdrop of a horrific war, Ritchie celebrates the experiences of ordinary people from their songs, diary entries, letters, and poems, all brought into irresistible musical life. The Otago Daily Times reviewer was ecstatic. “After the final chord,” she said, “complete silence held the audience before prolonged applause and a standing ovation rewarded this brilliant new work.”

Jenny Wollerman soprano

Jarvis Dams baritone

Philip Smith organ

Uwe Grodd conductor

Pipers Sinfonia Ensemble

 

 

 

 

Saturday, 14 April, 7.30pm

Holy Trinity Cathedral

$56, concession available

eventfinda.co.nz / 0800BUYTIX / 09 365 2342

 

Elizabeth Thomson Caldera (detail), 2012

Courtesy of the Artist and Two Rooms, Auckland

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  • Rachel Harrison

    Picture of Rachel HarrisonI am originally from the UK where I studied music. After a few years in London working in Orchestral Management the call of the sea became strong and I spent the next few years yachting. During my time in the Pacific I ended up sailing to New Zealand where I decided to step ashore and have called New Zealand home for just over 9 years. 

    During my time at sea I missed my music, but my clarinet playing days were long gone. I decided I would give singing a try, even though I was a little nervous of my abilities, so I approached Auckland Choral. As soon as I attended my first rehearsal I realised this is what I had been missing and have been a member of Auckland Choral ever since. Auckland Choral became a family to me, and I passionately supported it by being on the Management Committee for several years until May 2016, including Convener of the Music Committee. I love my Wednesday night rehearsals and being able to perform magical works in fabulous venues with friends!

     
  • Neil Hawkes

    Picture of Neil Hawkes in a flying armchairHi, I’m Neil Hawkes - I have been singing for a while: Tewkesbury Abbey choir from the ages of 5 to 30yrs, then a variety of English choirs before coming to NZ. When I arrived in Auckland I sang with the Choral Society, then with the Anglican Cathedral Choir and the Graduate Choir, before being stopped by a heart condition (since fixed 100%).

    Other hobbies include gyrocopters - see photo of the flying armchair…

    I am an engineer, currently studying for a PhD at Auckland Uni in mechanical engineering (carbon-neutral power generation).

     
  • Albert Wilson

    Picture of Albert WilsonHi! I’m Albert Wilson, and only joined Auckland Choral in 2018, as a Tenor.
    Originally from South Africa, I have sung in choirs since I can remember, therefore it was only natural to join a choir again and continue this passion, when I relocated to New Zealand.
    Choral music is so much more than singing… It creates a sense of belonging and community - being part of something special and inspiring. Therefore, being part of Auckland Choral is truly special!
    With its rich history, committed leadership and world-class conductor, I feel extremely honoured to sing in the choir, especially at the centenary celebration of Handel’s Messiah. Performing this piece is a dream come true, and I feel very lucky to be part of it.

     
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