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J S Bach: Fantasia & Fugue in G minor (“Great”), BWV 542 | Artley: O Magnum Mysterium | MacMillan: A New Song | Mendelssohn: Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise); Symphony No. 2

 

Not one but FOUR Hymns of Praise!

Mendelssohn’s mighty Lobgesang, (“Hymn of Praise”) is also his second symphony. Composed for the 400th anniversary of the Gutenberg Bible, it praises God and the spiritual power of words, so Mendelssohn uses the emergence of words in Beethoven’s “Choral” Symphony as the model for this majestic “Symphony-Cantata”.

Opening the concert is the “Great” G-minor Fantasia and Fugue — the most highly praised of Bach’s works in that form: a harmonic revolution in the Fantasia and a masterpiece of counterpoint in the Fugue.

New Zealand composer Chris Artley sets his spacious music in praise of the birth of Christ in O Magnum Mysterium, and Scottish composer James MacMillan creates new sounds of praise in A New Song.

Overall, a complete Festival of Praise!

Anna Leese, Soprano
Catrin Johnsson, Mezzo-Soprano
Jaewoo Kim, Tenor
John Wells, Organ
Auckland Choral
Pipers Sinfonia
Uwe Grodd, Conductor

Tickets are available at ticketmaster.co.nz or phone 09 970 9700.
Prices $42-95, concessions available.

 

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

  • 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.

     
  • Nicola Burton

    Picture of Nicola BurtonHi, I’m Nicola – Alto 2. I joined the choir 6 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 pronunciations right, and actually learning the music!)
    I have been involved with the Management Committee and the Marketing committee for the choir since I joined. It’s amazing just how much hard work and dedication goes into the running of the choir and ensuring our performances are of the highest musical standard – it’s a privilege to be part of it.
    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!

     
  • 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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