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Haydn’s Creation

 2.00pm, Sunday 24 June 2018

 Khandallah Presbyterian Church

33 Ganges Road, Khandallah Wellington

Featuring:
Soprano – Rowena Simpson
Tenor – Tehezib Lathiff
Bass – William McElwee
&
Heather Easting – organ

$25 / $15

(Children 12 and under free)

Tickets from Choir members
or email Philip to pay online: books@pgpl.co.nz

Door sales available


SingFest 2018

Festival Singers was one of 8 community choirs who gathered
on Saturday 7 April 2018 St Peter’s Church, Ruahine Street, Palmerston North, for SingFest 2018
***Special thanks to Kate Love Photographer for the photos***


Ingrid’s dynamic conducting set us off at a fast pace, singing Awake the Harp – from Haydn’s Creation

Jonathan leading us.


The Festival Singers pews

 

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2018 Programme

Festival Singers has an exciting 2018 planned.

If you are looking for a choir to sing with in 2018 we’d love hear from you.

Here is a quick summary of our plans:

  • Manawatu-Whanganui Regional SingFest in Palmerston North Saturday 7 April, 2018

  • Wellington Choral Federation Workshop Friday, Saturday 5/6 May 2018

  • An American in Paris – Movie fundraiser. 4:30pm Sunday 27 May 2018 at The Lighthouse, Petone. Tickets $20 from choir members, or email books@pgpl.co.nz

  • Haydn’s Creation. 2:00pm Sunday 24 June 2018 at Khandallah Presbyterian Church.

  • Friends of Pataka Winter Music Series for 2018. Concert at Porirua Museum. 5 August 2018

  • Christmas / End of year concert: Singalong MESSIAH. 7:00pm Saturday 24 November 2018 at Wesley Methodist Church, 75 Taranaki Street, Wellington

For more information, please contact:

See you soon at a rehearsal or concert!

Philip Garside (Secretary) books@pgpl.co.nz

Our Last Concert

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Come Celebrate Christmas

Music included:
Mozart’s charming Pastoral Mass in G major, K. 140, and works by J S Bach, William Billings, J Barnby, Edward Elgar, Jonathan Berkhan and Zoltan Kodaly.

Directed by Jonathan Berkahn

7-00pm Sunday 10 December 2017
St Barnabas Anglican Church
35 Box Hill, Khandallah

Featured:
Thomas Nikora ~ accompanist
The Festival Players
& special guests
The Northern Chorale.

 A koha for Downtown Community Ministry was collected

Click here to download a PDF of the programme booklet for the concert.

 

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NZ Choral Federation workshop

On 5 & 6 May 2017 several Festival Singers members took part in the NZ Choral Federation’s workshop learning and then performing Donizetti’s Mass in G Minor.

Wonderfully led by conductor David Squire and accompanied by our own Jonathan Berkahn. Thomas Nikora also helped out leading sectionals.

Below are quick snaps of the basses, tenors and sopranos (top) and altos (bottom)

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Looking for a friendly choir for 2018?

Here’s a short interview with Megan about being part of Festival Singers. Our contact details are at the end of the video.

Here’s a short interview with Joe about being part of Festival Singers and one of his recent concert highlights. Our contact details are at the end of the video.

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Diana, who has been a member of the choir since 1982, talks with Philip about why Festival Singers is special for her.

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Here’s a short interview with our talented young accompanist Thomas Nikora.

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2018 Programme

Festival Singers has an exciting 2018 planned.  Here is a quick summary:

  • Manawatu-Whanganui Regional SingFest in Palmerston North Saturday 7 April, 2018
  • Wellington Choral Federation Workshop Friday, Saturday 5/6 May 2018
  • Haydn’s Creation. June 2018
  • Friends of Pataka Winter Music Series for 2018. Porirua Museum. 5 August 2018.
  • Christmas / End of year concert: Late Nov/Early Dec 2018.

We will add more details as they are finalised.

For more information, please contact:

See you soon at a rehearsal or concert!

Philip Garside (Publicity)

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Order our 2015 CD People of the Light

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$25.00 each + p&p for 1 or 2 copies,

$20.00 each  + p&p for 3, 4 or 5 copies,

All prices include postage

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About the CD

People of the Light features music which is patterned after the church year.

The Advent Song, Introit, God is with us and This is why tell of waiting in hope, angels singing and the sure knowledge that God will never leave us.
A setting of James Mongomery’s Go to dark Gethsemane leads into The Third Day cantata.
The cantata tells the Easter story from the cross, through low Saturday, to finding the empty tomb, Jesus’ appearance in the locked room and giving the great commission. The work ends with a glorious finale that proclaims, “Christ is Risen, Alleluia!”
Next is Such Love, a choral setting of words from 1 John: 3. This is followed by three instrumental pieces that reflect Jonathan’s love of Celtic music.
Also included are Jonathan’s settings of the traditional Magnificat and Nunc dimittis. The Magnificat features a free-form melody sung by soprano soloist Sharon Yearsley, who soars over an exciting rhythmic, pulsing chant by the choir.
The CD closes with a Blessing based on Psalm 27.

Throughout, Jonathan’s music deftly weaves melodies around sacred words in ways that enhance and give new meaning to the text. Listeners will be drawn into the music and find their spirits uplifted.

Founded in 1976, Festival Singers of Wellington has a tradition of encouraging young performers, of bringing new music to our audiences and of always singing to the glory of God. People of the Light continues this tradition.

Order our other CDs

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Spirited People (2007)

1 copy within NZ $24.00
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Tell My People (2000)

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2016 Programme

Festival Singers has an exciting 2016 planned.  Here is a quick summary:

First rehearsal:  7-9 p.m. on Monday 1 February 2016, at Newlands Christian Assembly, 126 Newlands Road, Newlands. All welcome.

  • Sunday 20th March – 2pm concert at Futuna Chapel, Karori
  • Sunday 10th July (date to be confirmed) – Concert with Tawa Orchestra
  • 15/16 October – Festival Singers Choir – 40th Anniversary celebrations.

For more information, please contact:

See you soon at a rehearsal or concert!

Philip Garside (Publicity)

 

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