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A Bulletin from
Choirs Aotearoa NZ Trust March  2015
Voice NZ Chamber Choir and NZ Youth Choir with David Squire
at the Auckland Arts Festival 18 March 2015
Photo: Aja Lethaby
 
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Auckland Arts Festival

Over 100 singers performed under the Choirs Aotearoa banner in three and a bit performances in the Auckland Arts Festival this month.
 
Voices NZ Chamber Choir joined the New Zealand String Quartet, Richard Greager, Horomona Horo and Karen Grylls to give the third public performance of ‘Requiem for the Fallen’ by Ross Harris and Vincent O’Sullivan in an evocative presentation in Auckland Town Hall. The performance was warmly received by a large audience.
 
Voices NZ and the NZ Youth Choir joined forces for a joint recital entitled ‘Ata Reira’ - a celebration of light. A specially devised lightshow complimented this innovative programme. ‘In a nutshell, as the Festival brochure put it, Ata Reira promised an evening of award-winning choirs, majestic voices and Te Reo Maori in song. Both separately and together, Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir and the New Zealand Youth Choir delivered all this in a choral celebration of light ... and much more.’ William Dart, NZ Herald.
 
Coming at the end of this 10-day stint in the City of Sails was the major classical music event of the Festival. ‘With inspired singing from Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir and the New Zealand Youth Choir, Stier presented Tippett's testament of hope. Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra's presentation of Michael Tippett's A Child of Our Time was the homegrown highlight of our 2015 Auckland Arts Festival.’ William Dart, NZ Herald.
 
The ‘a bit’ was a 15 minute open-air ‘Family Garden Time’ performance by the NZ Youth Choir in the Festival Garden, Aotea Square. The happy and friendly atmosphere of this event summed up the Festival experience as a whole.
 
To read the reviews in full go to here.
 

ANZAC Reminders

The New Zealand Youth Choir will join soprano Madeleine Pierard, narrator George Henare and the NZSO conducted by Benjamin Northey in concerts honouring the Anzacs who fought together at Gallipoli. NZYC will contribute to the premier of Australian James Ledger’s ‘War Music’ in the Michael Fowler Centre on Wednesday, 22 April at 6.30pm and in Auckland Town Hall on Thursday 23 April at 7.00pm. Booking details can be found here.
 
On Anzac Day, 25 April Voices NZ Chamber Choir will sing at the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. The National Commemorative Service will commence at 11.00am and the ceremony will be broadcast on TVNZ. Later in the day at 5.15pm the Beat Retreat will take place at War Memorial Park with Voices NZ and the Central Band of the Royal New Zealand Air Force combining to perform this traditional service.
 

Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir

Next month the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir, one of Europe’s pre-eminent children’s choirs, is visiting New Zealand giving concerts during the period 22 April to 3 May in Dunedin, Wanaka (Festival of Colour), Nelson, Wellington and Auckland. Further details of the tour can be found here.