About the choir
Festival Singers is a Wellington-based community choir with a 38 year history and practice of seeking to work alongside the Christian church. This includes singing in local church services and providing music for weddings, funerals and other events.
Our public concerts include large classical works – oratorios, cantatas and masses, as well as smaller pieces from all over the world. We also choose to support local composers and expose exciting new repertoire by regularly performing New Zealand compositions. In 2007 we recorded and released a CD of New Zealand music featuring Irish folk band, piano accordion and soloists called Spirited People. Music by Jonathan Berkahn and Colin Gibson was especially featured, also New Zealand poetry.
Musical Director – Jonathan Berkahn
Jonathan has directed the choir since the end of 2013. He is also Director of Music at St Barnabas Anglican Church, Khandallah. He studied organ and harpsichord at Victoria University with Douglas Mews. He has an Honours degree in performance, and has a PhD in music history. He was accompanist for Festival Singers from 2000–2013, and enjoys performing Celtic music at Kitty O’Shea’s Irish Bar. He composes church music for congregational and choir use in his church, including settings of the NZ Prayer Book services.
- Has lively, fun rehearsals and workshops
- Gives performances that communicate
- Has a diverse, quality repertoire
- Celebrates New Zealand compositions
- Performs in public, and in churches
- Is friendly, with many social events.
Rehearsals are on Mondays 7.00pm –9.00pm at Newland Christian Assembly, 126 Newlands Road, Newlands, Wellington.
The choir is registered under the Charities Act 2005. Donations made to the choir are tax-deductible in New Zealand.