‘One of auckland Choral’s most standout performances in 28 years’

John Stevenson, choir member

 

Paul Winter&Paul Halley’s radical Missa Gaia (Earth Mass) for soprano, choir and jazz ensemble published by Pelagos Music

Paul Winter’s radical Missa Gaia (Earth Mass) adeptly combines a variety of genres to create a musical spectacle that appeals to all. Premiered in 1981, it is a 20th century interpretation of the Mass, embracing the many voices of the earth, from jazz to the sounds of wolf, whale and lion. Conductor Brian Law is synonymous with the Missa Gaia and Auckland Choral is very excited to perform this work under his baton.

As an organisation dedicated to New Zealand music, we open this concert with a new commission from New Zealand composer Anthony Ritchie. Anthony is well-known at home and abroad and produces works that are engaging, energetic and beautifully crafted – qualities this new work for soprano, girls’ choir, chorus and organ achieves superbly.

 

Emma Roxburgh, Soprano

Jennine Bailey, Soprano

Auckland Choral

St Cuthbert’s College Song Squad

Junior Black Watch Singers

Brian Law, Conductor

Pipers Sinfonia:

Alison Dunlop, Oboe

Sarah Spence, Cello

Timothy Noon, Organist

Roger Manins, Soprano Saxophone

Olivier Holland, Acoustic Bass

Ron Samson, Drums

Kevin Field, Piano

 

Lullabies was commissioned by The Auckland Choral Society for their 2015 season, and will be premiered on 6th June, in The Holy Trinity Cathedral, with funding from Creative NZ. It is a cycle of six songs, to be performed without a break, to poems by Elena Poletti, a Dunedin-based poet. Lullabies are common to all cultures, and are richly varied in their themes and moods. These six lullabies traverse different perspectives, both adult and child. ‘Shush-a-shush’ has a parent calming her child to sleep through images of the sea and beach. In ‘Little One’ it is gentle rain than lulls the child to sleep. ‘Sounds of Penguins’ makes a comparison between little blue penguins under a house, and children busily preparing for bed. The moonlight, wind, waves and lighthouse all conspire to finally calm them down. In ‘The Nightsingers’ it is the sounds of tree-frogs, ruru (morepork), and cats that accompany the lullaby; they are presented one by one and then are combined in the coda. ‘Beddington’ is a frisky lullaby for children to sing, and including a round and a ‘Monster-Munch-Up’ chant. The final song ‘Hope of my heart’ reflects on a child’s future, and remembers the passing of a sister and child (represented in the song by the childrens’ voices as echoes). All the forces come together in this song, to round off the cycle.

 

Saturday 6 June 7.30pm

Holy Trinity Cathedral

 

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  • Josephine Shakira

    With a long history in music and performance, Josephine was singing in choirs from the age of 5. She has had the privilege of singing under Dr Raymond White, Sir David Willcocks (Kings College, Cambridge) and was a member of the New Zealand National Youth Choir with Professor Peter Godfrey from 1985 – 1988.

    Josephine’s eclectic tastes took her into a multitude of performance genres, including Opera, voiceover for TV and Radio jingles, singing in Rock and Punk bands (although some might have labelled that screaming) Street Theatre, and a Children’s Entertainer with ‘The Aunties.’  She has a degree in Education, and qualifications in Film and Multi-Media.

    Josephine works as an Alternative Therapist and Empath.  In January 2015, she returned to classical music, joining Auckland Choral as an Alto 2.

     
  • Richard Sorrenson

    Richard has been singing in choirs and choruses since he was in the Auckland Boys Choir, conducted by Neil Shroff.  Subsequent choirs have included NZ Youth Choir with Peter Godfrey and Viva Voce and NZ Opera Chorus with John Rosser. To sing the great works under the direction of Uwe Grodt has been a real privilege and to join with the orchestra in all its majesty at rehearsal and in performance is always a thrill.

     
  • Yvonne Gwyn

    I joined Auckland Choral as a second soprano in 2015, just in time for a crash course learning the Messiah in six weeks, and have thoroughly enjoyed it since. I sang a lot through school and university, but didn’t sing much for the 10 years prior to joining Auckland Choral.  It’s great to be singing again!  Every rehearsal is fun, and I always leave feeling more upbeat than when I arrive after a day at work. I particularly enjoy baroque and early music, so it was a highlight of 2016 to sing Thomas Tallis’ Spem in Alium.  Although one of the joys of Auckland Choral is getting to know a piece in depth that you wouldn’t have otherwise paid attention to.

    Outside Auckland Choral I am a public transport planner, cycle tourist, and medieval re-enactor.  I love part singing, especially of early music, play the recorder, and am slowly learning to play the rebec and treble viol.

     
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