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Our last concert

Sunday at the Opera

A celebration of sacred music by composers better known for their operas.

Featured composers included:
Gounod, Wagner, Puccini, Verdi,
Donizetti, Rossini, Lloyd Webber.

Our performers were:
Barbara Paterson ~ soprano
Heather Easting ~ organ
Thomas Nikora ~ accompanist
& The Festival Strings

Directed by Jonathan Berkahn

2-30pm Sunday 18 June 2017
Waiwhetu Uniting Church
4 Trafalgar Street, Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt

Click here for the programme booklet.

 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)


On 30 April 2017 we had a successful fundraiser film evening watching this wonder full documentary.

The Music of Strangers –Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble

About the film

 “The intersection of cultures is where new things emerge.”
 Yo-Yo Ma, cellist and founder of the Silk Road Ensemble

Watch the official trailer here:

Over the past 16 years, an extraordinary group of musicians has come together to celebrate the universal power of music. Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa and Europe, The Silk Road Ensemble, an international collective created by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, exemplifies music’s ability to blur geographical boundaries, blend disparate cultures and inspire hope for both artists and audiences.

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble follows an ever-changing line up of performers drawn from the ensemble’s more than 50 instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution.

Blending performance footage, personal interviews and archival film, director Morgan Neville and producer Caitrin Rogers focus on the journeys of a small group of Silk Road Ensemble mainstays from across the globe to create an intensely personal chronicle of passion, talent and sacrifice. Through these moving individual stories, the filmmakers paint a vivid portrait of a bold musical experiment and a global search for the ties that bind.

“An irresistible kaleidoscope of music and good fellowship… Finds poetry in the ability of music to bring us home again, wherever we may travel.” Moira MacDonald, The Seattle Times

“A joyous revelation, a group portrait of superb musicians from all over the world offering music as an emblem of what people can do in these fractious times when they live in concert with one another.” The Wall Street Journal

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A recent Concert

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Festival Singers & The Tawa Orchestra

Presented

The Last Judgement
by Louis Spohr

With Max Reger’s Variations on a Theme by Mozart,
and works by Felix Mendelssohn, Gabriel Faure, and others.

2 pm Sunday
 31 July 2016
Tawa College Hall
38 Duncan Street, Tawa

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2017 Programme

Festival Singers has an exciting 2017 planned.  Here is a quick summary:

    • First rehearsal:  7-9 p.m. on Monday, 13 February 2017, at Newlands Christian Assembly, 126 Newlands Road, Newlands. All welcome.

 

    • 5–6 May 2017. We take part in the NZ Choral Federation’s weekend workshop performing Donizetti’s Mass in G Minor

 

    • 18 June 2017. Our concert “Sunday at the Opera.”

 

    • 16 September 2017. Our concert of poems by William Blake set to music by our musical director Jonathan Berkahn.

 

    • 10 December 2017. An evening Lessons and Carols service.

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 new CD People of the Light now

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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.

CD Launch

Please come to our CD Launch

2.30pm Sun. 1 Nov 2015
Island Bay Presbyterian Church
 88 The Parade, Island Bay, Wellington

We’ll be performing music from the CD.

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Spirited People (2007)

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Tell My People (2000)

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Movie Fundraiser Night – 5 July 2015

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Far_from_the_madding_crowd_still_1Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, Far From The Madding Crowd is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.

We filled the 80 seat theatre with family, friends and choir members at a special screening of this film at the Light House Cinema, Beach Street, Petone.

Wedding

In mid-February 2015, a select group of Festival Singers, with Jonathan on piano, accompanied the groom singing his vows to his bride, at The Pines in Island Bay.

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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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Enjoyable Fundraiser

60+ Magic_in_the_Moonlight_posterFestival Singers members and supporters enjoyed a fundraising screening of:

Magic in the Moonlight on Sunday 31 August

at

Light House Cinema, 52 Beach Street, Petone

Thank you for your support

The cinema staff were very helpful and accommodating and we can recommend this cinema to other groups wanting to host fundraisers.

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SingFest 2014

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Click the image to see a video clip of
Festival Singers of Wellington performing
“Pieta” from “The Third Day” by Jonathan Berkahn
at SingFest 2014, Palmerston North

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SingFest 2014

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SingFest 2014

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Rosemary Garside for taking the photos and video.

 

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