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Messiah

We are currently rehearsing for our next concert:
MESSIAH, For Ever And Ever And Ever – Let’s HANDEL this together!
which will take place on Sunday 8th August 2021 at 2PM
in St George’s Presbyterian Church, Takapuna

This concert will be a Sing-Along event, so it is time to find your inner opera singer and sing your heart out with us.  
Conducted by our talented Musical Director Nicholas Forbes, we will be accompanied by Michael Bell on the Organ, and we will also be joined by four fantastic guest soloists Clare Hood, Jessica Wells, Sid Chand and Benjamin Kubiak, as well as our two wonderful scholars, Miles Timmis and Joshua Long. 

So, if you wish to sing along and own a copy of the Messiah’s music score, please bring it along.  
A free digital copy is also made available for you to download.
This digital booklet (pdf) contains all the choruses we plan on singing in this concert.
To view this file, just click on the image below, it will open the file in a separate tab and you can then save it on your device.
(should you have any issue downloading it, you can contact Perrine at harbourvoices.auckland@gmail.com)
You can then either print it at home, or be eco-friendly and bring it on your own fully-charged tablet!
We will also have a very limited amount of hard copies available on the night for a donation.

Don’t worry if you don’t know it all or if you’d rather keep your singing to the shower, you will be most welcome to join us…  Just come along and listen to us.

Tickets are on sale now!
Price: general admission $30 / non-earners $25 / children under 12 attend free
The tickets are available through any choir member or you can send an e-mail to Perrine at harbourvoices.auckland@gmail.com or call Rowena on 021-759-765.
Tickets will also be on sale at the door. (cash only)

As always, there will be a raffle during the interval with hampers full of goodies to be won, so please bring some cash along.
Raffle tickets are 3 for $5. And of course we hope you’ll stay with us for tea and nibbles in the church hall after the concert.

A Facebook event has also been created so you may share the news with your friends.

We look forward to welcoming you to this great afternoon of Handel’ s delight!

Last Night of the Proms

On Friday 18th and Saturday 19th June we were the guest choir in the now famous British feel-good event of the year, The Last Night of the Proms at Bruce Mason Centre

The “Last Night of the Proms” is sadly, now a memory, but what a wonderful memory it is! With its programme of favourites from beginning to end, undiluted nostalgia and soloists that were simply sensational. What an absolute treat it was to be a part of it all once again.

Harbour Voices behind the ASO, directed by Peter Thomas

Nicholas Forbes directing – A Te Tarakihi

Waving the Union Jack

Christina Ellison and Simon O’Neill – Phantom of the Opera

Christina Ellison – Queen of the Night Aria from the Magic Flute, Mozart

You can view all pictures of the night by clicking on this link

Fields & Feathers

It is with great pleasure that we announce our upcoming concert:

Fields & Feathers
which will take place on Sunday 9th May at 3pm
in St George’s Presbyterian Church in Takapuna.
(Doors will open at 2:30pm)

Join us as we will celebrating all kinds of earth’s creatures through songs.

Our repertoire will cover a wide variety of songs from lullabies, funny folk songs and modern poems, to more classical pieces, including some animal crackers from Eric Whitacre, a sweet Samoan nursery song arranged by our wonderful friend Steven Rapana and Rejoice in the Lamb by Benjamin Britten, a somewhat quirky but colourful poem dedicated to praising God through the admiration of all living creatures.

I’m sure that all of you know that the cow goes Moo… but did you know that the frog goes Ribbit, the cicada goes Tarara-takitakita and the Swan goes La-La-La ? Well, let us show you during this fun-filled afternoon in Takapuna!
The date will coincide with Mother’s Day; what better day to spend some quality time listening to some uplifting music!

Tickets are on sale now!
Price: General admission $25 / Non-earners $20 / Children under 12 attend free
The tickets are available through any choir member or you can send an e-mail at harbourvoices.auckland@gmail.com or call Rowena on 021-759-765.
Tickets will also be on sale at the door.

As always, there will be a raffle during the interval with hampers full of goodies to be won, so please bring some cash along. Raffle tickets are $2 each (3 for $5). And of course we hope you’ll stay with us for tea and nibbles in the church hall after the concert.

A Facebook event has also been created so you may share the news with your friends.

We look forward to welcoming you to this afternoon of fantast-animalist-ic music!

Baa-lleluia!

After our last concert was cancelled, we’re now really happy to say that we are enjoying rehearsing together again and are glad to announce our upcoming Christmas concert: BAA-lleluia! which will take place on Friday evening 27th November at 7.30 pm  in St Georges Presbyterian Church in Takapuna. (Doors will open at 7:00pm)

As hinted in the title, our programme will include a few songs on the sheep and shepherd theme, with the likes of “Shepherd’s Pipe Carol” by John Rutter, “L’Adieu des bergers à la Sainte Famille” from Hector Berlioz, “O leave your sheep” arranged by Kenneth Leighton. It will also include many other pieces to worsheep the Lord and celebrate the birth of the Good Shepherd with works from Vaughan Williams, Handel, Wishart, Brahms and even a special arrangement of “O Little Town of Bethlehem” by one of our own tenors, Ken Leech.

The concert will be conducted by Nicholas Forbes with Organ accompaniment by Michael Stoddart. Our two wonderful scholars, Miles and Josh, will also be raising the Baa, so it promises to be a night to remember.

So we are looking forward to it all going wool and that you will all flock to celebrate Christmas as we embrace the Joy of singing together again.

Tickets are on sale now!
Price: $20 / Children under 12 attend free
The tickets are available through any choir member or call Rowena on 021-759-765 or e-mail us at harbourvoices.auckland@gmail.com
Tickets will also be on sale at the door.
And, if you had bought a ticket for our August concert and didn’t request a refund at the time, you’re welcome to use this one, but please bring it along.

As always, there will be a raffle during the interval with hampers full of goodies to be won, so please bring some cash along.  Raffle tickets are $2 each (3 for $5).And of course we hope you’ll stay with us for tea and nibbles in the church hall after the concert so we can wish Ewe a Merry Christmas!

We look forward to welcoming you to this evening of shear great music!

Harbour Voices UnCov’d

! UPDATE ! 21.08.2020

As much as it saddens us to say, with Auckland currently being at COVID-19 level 3, we inevitably had to cancel our August concert. We were so close to being performance ready and needless to say we were all looking forward to singing again in front of an audience for the first time this year.
However we do not stand entirely defeated, and we are still hoping to be able to perform this programme for a small audience in September and record it to share with other loved ones.

Lockdown Love from Harbour Voices

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21.07.2020

We’re delighted to be able to announce our coming concert:
Harbour Voices UnCov’d – Celebrating Togetherness With Great Choral Favourites
which will take place on Sunday afternoon 23rd August at 3.00 pm
in St Georges Presbyterian Church in Takapuna.

The earlier than expected relaxation of Covid19 restrictions enabled us to return to regular rehearsals in June, and we are delighted to be able to celebrate the occasion with a presentation of well known items – a mixture of classic favourites including pieces from Mendelssohn, Brahms or Handel, and of more contemporary pieces like the Lord of the Ring’s “Into the West” or Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me”.
The concert will be conducted by Nicholas Forbes and we will be accompanied by Michael Bell on the organ and Benjamin Kubiak on the piano. We will also be joined by some young promising soloists.

Tickets are on sale now!
Price: $20
Children under 12 attend free
The tickets are available through any choir member or you can write an e-mail at
harbour voices.auckland@gmail.com or you can call Rowena on 021-759-765.
Tickets will also be on sale at the door, but these will be limited so don’t miss out – book ahead!

The concert will be a bit shorter than usual, it will last approximately 75mn with an interval.
As always, there will be a raffle during the interval with hampers full of goodies to be won. So please bring some cash along. Raffle tickets are $2 each (3 for $5).
And of course we hope you’ll stay with us for tea and nibbles in the church hall after the concert!
A Facebook event has also been created, so you can spread the joy with your friends!

We look forward to welcoming you to this afternoon of great music where we will share with you our Joy of singing together again!

‘Twas the Night before Christmas

Rejoice! We’re announcing our next concert!
‘Twas the Night before Christmas – festive favourites and more
will take place on Friday 13 December 2019 at 7:30pm
in St George’s Presbyterian Church in Takapuna

Fear not! The evening of this Friday the 13th promises to be magical!
Come and join us in Takapuna to celebrate Christmas growing near

Our program will feature many of your festive favourites and more.
From mystical renaissance carols and ancient latin advent hymns to Nutcracker’s crackers,
and showcasing the whimsical musical setting of Clement C. Moore’s beloved Christmas poem ‘Twas the Night before Christmas’

Join us for merriment, joy and cheer!
We would be really pleased to see you there.

Tickets are on sale now!
$25 earners – $20 non-earners
Children under 12 attend free
The tickets are available through any choir member.
Alternatively, you can call/text Rowena on 021-759-765, message us on Facebook, or send us an e-mail at harbourvoices.auckland@gmail.com

Tickets will also be on sale at the door, but these will be limited so don’t miss out – book ahead!

As always, there will be a raffle during the interval with hampers full of goodies to be won. So please bring some cash along. Raffle tickets are $2 each (3 for $5).

Don’t forget to stay after the concert to eat, drink and be merry with us to celebrate the holiday season.

We look forward to welcoming you to this night full of Christmas’s Magic

It’s Love, actually

It’s a real pleasure to announce our next concert: It’s Love, actually
It will be taking place on Sunday 11 August 2019 at 2:30pm
in St George’s Presbyterian Church, 2 The Terrace, Takapuna

Clicking on this image will take you to the event created on facebook. Don’t hesitate to share it with your friends!

If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.
Love! Surely the most beautiful feeling of all!
It inspires so many different emotions: happiness, pain, passion, torment…
Our mid-winter concert will explore how the highs and lows of love weave their way through the fabric of our lives.
We’ll sing John Rutter’s Sprig of Thyme, a collection of old English folk songs,
and Five Hebrew Love Songs, a set of modern Hebrew love poems composed by Eric Whitacre.
We’ll also be joined by some talented artists who will be performing some beloved classics from the Opera and from Musicals:
Carla Camilleri – Soprano
Chris McRae – Tenor
Esther Oh – Violin
Benjamin Kubiak – Piano

Do come and join us as we unite our voices to celebrate Love… You might actually feel smitten all over again!

Tickets are on sale now. We would be really pleased to see you there.
$25 earners – $20 non-earners
Children under 12 attend free

The tickets are available through any choir member
or you can call Rowena on 021-759-765.
Door sales will be available on the day too.

As is the tradition now, there will be a raffle during the interval with hampers full of goodies to be won. So please bring some cash along. Raffle tickets are $2 each (3 for $5).
And of course we hope you’ll stay for tea and nibbles after the concert!

We look forward to welcoming you to this wonderful afternoon of romance in Takapuna!

The Best of British Baroque

We are glad to announce our next concert: The Best of British Baroque
It will be taking place on Saturday 11 May 2019 at 7:30pm
in St Peter’s Anglican Church, 11 Killarney Street, in Takapuna

Clicking on this image will take you to the event created on facebook. Don’t hesitate to share it with your friends!

Come and enjoy the flamboyant works of two Kings of Baroque from the 17th and 18th century: George Frideric Handel & Henry Purcell.
Our repertoire will include the Te Deum Laudamus from Purcell (composed in 1694 for St Cecilia’s day), and the well-loved Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah (composed in 1741).
Other works will include:
Remember not, Lord, our offences – Purcell
Rejoice in the Lord Alway – Purcell
O Praise the Lord with One consent (Ninth Chandos Anthem) – Handel

This concert promises to be a real delight, with exceptional soloists and instrumentalists joining us to bring you the Best Baroque experience.
We’ll be yet again privileged to be performing alongside highly acclaimed artists:
Soloists:
Fiona Tibbles (Soprano)
Dilys Fong (Alto)
Matthew Bennet (Tenor)
Benjamin Kubiak (Bass)
Instrumentalists:
Dr. Indra Hughes (organ)
Mark Bennett (1st violin)
May Zeng (2nd violin)
Clara Salzmann (viola)
David Garner (cello)
Alison Jepson (oboe)
Norman McFarlane (trumpet)
Daniel Rouse (timpani)
Nicholas Forbes (harpsichord)

Tickets are on sale now. We would be really pleased to see you there.
$25 earners – $20 non-earners
Children under 12 attend free

The tickets are available through any choir member
or you can call Rowena on 021-759-765.
Door sales will be available on the day too.

As is the tradition now, there will be a raffle during the interval with hampers full of goodies to be won. So please bring some cash along. Raffle tickets are $2 each (3 for $5).
And of course we hope you’ll stay for tea and nibbles after the concert!

We look forward to welcoming you to this wonderful Baroque concert in Takapuna!

Bravo, Mr Bernstein!

Join the North Shore Chorale as we celebrate one of the 20th century’s great musical talents! With repertoire including Chichester Psalms, West Side Story and Candide, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Tickets:
$25 adult / $20 concession
Children under 12 attend for free!

Tickets will be on sale at the door, or phone 021 759 765 to book in advance. Don’t miss this wonderful evening!

Notice of AGM 2018

Take notice that the Annual General Meeting of the members of the North Shore Chorale Inc is to be held on Wednesday, 21st March 2018 at St George’s Presbyterian Church, Takapuna, commencing at 8.45pm.

The business of this meeting will be

• Welcome & Apologies
• Confirmation of 2017 AGM minutes
• Reports
• Election of Management Committee Officers:

Chairman
Secretary
Treasurer
Publicity Convenor
Membership Convenor
Concert Coordinator
Librarian

• Notices of Motion
• General Business

As the rules of The Chorale do not allow for proxy votes, you are urged to attend this meeting.

Notices of Motion to the Annual General Meeting and items for inclusion on the Agenda are to be notified in writing to the Secretary not less than seven days prior to the date of the meeting.

Nominations for any and all of the above positions shall be in writing in the form prescribed by the Management Committee, signed by the nominee, the proposer and seconder, and delivered into the possession of the Secretary no less than two clear days prior to the meeting. A copy of the nomination form is attached.

Please note that only fully subscribed active members are eligible for nomination.

Visse Hopley
Secretary