Our next Concert
A Sound Came from Heaven
A sparkling concert of music for Pentecost by Mews, Billings, Tallis, Stainer,
Bekahn and others.
The music ranges from a 9th century hymn through to a new setting of a poem
James K. Baxter, composed by our acting musical director Jonathan Berkahn this
We also feature celtic musicians Bernard Wells and Elisabeth Auchinvole.
2.30 pm Sunday 26 May 2013
at St John's Anglican Church
18 Bassett Road, Johnsonville
Door sales available
Click below to download your free programme booklet
for this concert here:
4 page PDF
Amazon eBook for Kindle (475kb)
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rehearsals start at 7pm on Monday 4 February
at Newland Christian Assembly, 126
Newlands Road, Newlands, Wellington.
Festival Singers is a Wellington-based community choir of around 40 members,
established in 1976. Our repertoire ranges from larger classical works with
orchestra through to smaller art and folk songs.
We like to seek out music that is not often performed
e.g. the masses for choir, soloists and two organs by Saint Saens and
Widor and last year, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle. Most years
we have collaborated with another choir - last year the Wainuiomata Choir,
exposing some rarely heard works by Salieri.
We also believe our local composers are very important.
In 2009 we commissioned Jonathan Berkahn to write a Cantata, The Third
Day, for the choir. In 2011 we presented this 50 minute work for
choir, soloists and band again, in Palmerston North and Waikanae, along
with varied folk songs from around the world.
Our members joined the NZ Choral Federation workshop on
11 & 12 May 2012 to learn and sing Verdiís Requiem.
The Festival Singers has a Christian basis and
particularly enjoys singing music of a spiritual nature, although not
exclusively of course. The choir is available to sing at weddings,
funerals and in local churches.
If you are currently missing out on the joy of regular singing and
musical friendship and would like to join an energetic, interesting choir,
email Committee member Heather Collins
(please replace [at] with @ to email)
Carols Around the Labyrinth
at Hutt Hospital on 14 December 2012.
Festival Singers were
delighted to sing at this public Christmas event.
Choir member Heather
Garside choreographed dances to two pieces which were performed in Drama
Christi's beautiful angel costumes.
Click the pictures or
links below to view YouTube videos of these dances, filmed by Alexander
O Holy Night
This Holy Christmas Night
Our Last Concert
From Shadow to Light
through 400 years of music from Henry Purcell to John Rutter.
programme moved from the sombre, hauntingly beautiful Funeral
Sentences composed by Purcell on the death of Queen Mary, through
Purcell duets and recorder music and on to the joy of Christmas captured
by Rutter's Gloria.
We were also
delighted to premiere a new Christmas composition by choir member Evan Dumbleton.
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download a 230kb PDF of the
Saturday 1 December 2012
Karori Road, Wellington