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Who We Are

Auckland Choral:

  • - Is a choir of 120-strong mixed voices from all walks of life.
  • - Has been singing for Auckland since 1855 and is the oldest arts organisation in New Zealand.

What We Do

  • - Continue our tradition of performing some of the great symphonic choral works.
  • - Cater for diverse audiences of Aucklanders of all ages.
  • - Perform with professional orchestras and soloists.
  • - Support and nurture New Zealand music and composers.

Help Make This Happen

Donations, gifts in kind and sponsorships are all an essential part of ensuring Auckland Choral can continue on its journey of “Singing to Inspire”.

If you or your company would like to help us to continue to enrich Auckland’s classical music community with world-class choral works, including the annual “Messiah” performances each Christmas, please consider making a donation or becoming a sponsor. This will be immensely helpful in supporting our day-to-day operations and by also advertising your business to our discerning audience, will create a winning combination.

 

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Your donation is tax deductible. You can now claim donation tax credits online in a myIR account.

You can find more information on ird.govt.nz/donations.

 

Please contact Auckland Choral’s General Manager, Carey McDonald on either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 027-403-1222 for a no-obligation chat.

 

Auckland Choral 100th Hallelujahs Documentary

Watch the full documentary of about Auckland Choral's 100th consecutive performance of Handel's Messiah: 

 

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!

     
  • 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!

     
  • 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.

     
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