Bay of Islands Singers - Choir in the Bay of Islands, Northland

Kia Ora

Welcome to the Bay of Islands Singers’ website. We are a mixed-voice community choir of around 60 singers. Though based at the Turner Centre in Kerikeri, rehearsing on Mondays from 6.30 to 9.00pm, we attract members from as far afield as the Hokianga, Doubtless Bay and Opua. The choir embraces singers of all ages, stages and walks of life. What unites us is our love of singing and the desire to bring the best of the classical and contemporary choral repertoire to audiences in Kerikeri and throughout the Far North. New members are always welcome. If you are interested in joining the choir please Contact Us.

Most of our performances are accompanied by musical ensembles and often feature talented young and established soloists. Three concerts in the year are costly to put on, and we are grateful to our various financial Supporters to allow us these opportunities to perform. The choir has built up a library of music over the years and this is available for hire to other choral groups.

Our Concerts section includes full details of our next performance and information about our past concerts, which illustrates the broad range of music we perform. You will also find photos of past performances.

 

2019 Concert Schedule

 

The Bay of Islands Singers present

 

Sunday 1st December, 2019 2:30pm - John Dalton Theatre

"Choral Gems"

with

Soprano – Elaine Wogan; Mezzo-Soprano – Jessica Wells;  Tenor – Andrew Grenon; Baritone – James Harrison
Organ – Michael Bell  and Guest orchestra
Conductor – John Jackets

Britten - Ceremony of Carols

Charpentier - Messe de Minuit                  

Salieri - Organ Concerto

Haydn - Nelson Mass


Benjamin Britten wrote his cantata, A Ceremony of Carols, during World War II while crossing the Atlantic. It is a collection of short of medieval poems with Christmas themes which have become firm favourites with both choirs and audiences.

French composer Charpentier’s delightful Messe de Minuit pour Noel (Christmas Mass) is based on French folksongs for Christmas most of which are dance like in character.

The second half of the concert will begin with the third movement from Antonio Salieri’s organ concerto written in 1773 and ends with Haydn’s stunning “Nelson Mass”, arguably his greatest composition long associated with Nelson’s victory over Napoleon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Reviews

Our May 2019 concert was entitled "Stage Lights" and contained numbers from the stage shows  For details please see our 'Past Concerts' section.

 

John Matthews wrote a review of the concert that appeared in The Northern Age. and can be read by following this link