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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

  • Garnet Tregonning

    Picture of Garnet TregonningGarnet has a long involvement with Auckland Choral after his first introduction to singing in Lead Roles in Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas at Kings High School in Dunedin,followed by being a member of Capping Sextet at Otago University with Sir William Southgate in the 1960s.

    First joined the Choir under Ray Wilson in 1968-71 as a Junior Doctor before travelling Overseas for Orthopaedic Training in Canada and the UK.Rejoined under Bill Power 1976-1986 then again in the mid 1990s up to the present time-so have been a member on and off over some 47 years.Was a committee member for 5 years and continue to be inspired by the opportunity to be a member of the Choir which I believe continues to improve and I believe is currently performing at its highest level over the past 40 years –no doubt due to the superb direction of Uwe and the support of Elizabeth and the wonderful Vocal Coaches.

    Currently working full-time as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Middlemore Hospital. 

     
  • Becky O'Gram

    Picture of Becky O'GramMy earliest memories of singing were car songs, where my sisters and I were squashed in the back of the car while my mother lead the chorus from the front. I started singing in small groups and choirs at age 12 for church events and friends' weddings. I've been a member of some form of choir ever since and now count myself very lucky to be a member of Auckland Choral. I joined in January 2017, with my first concert being the huge St John Passion by Bach. We performed it at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, in German! Singing out that first loud "Herr" gave me goose bumps and was an unforgettable experience. In December that year I got to perform in the Messiah for the first time and hope to do the same every Christmas for a long time to come.

     
  • 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!

     
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