What would Christmas be without Handel’s Messiah? Jubilantly premiered in 1742, the work is not just an oratorio, but an institution, as Christmassy as plum pudding and as English as Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

The oft-repeated story that King George II shot to his feet when the Hallelujah Chorus broke out marks such a glorious moment that you feel that if it’s not true, well it should be.

And there are the other well-loved solos and choruses too: “For Unto Us a Child is Born”, “Rejoice Greatly”… a whole string of unforgettable musical treats up to and including the final “Amen” chorus.

Let the spirit of Christmas begin …

Cassandra Extavour, Soprano
Bianca Andrew, Mezzo-Soprano
Manase Latu, Tenor
James Ioelu, Bass
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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  • 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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