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.

 

2020 Concert Schedule

Sunday 10th May at 2:30pm


Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
 
This hugely popular work is a cantata composed in 1935/6 with text from medieval secular poems set into an exciting collection of songs illustrating such things as the fickleness of wealth, the fleeting nature of life, the joy of Spring and the pleasures and perils of drinking and gluttony.


Following its most famous opening chorus “O Fortuna”, the work divides into three sections: Springtime, In the Tavern and  The Courts of Love.


The performance will be accompanied by an army of percussionists alongside two grand pianos.

The programme also includes the reflective Five Mystical Songs for Baritone and Choir by Ralph Vaughan Williams and three songs by contemporary composers Eric Whitaker, Morten Lauridsen and Ola Gjeilo.


The choir will be joined by Christchurch baritone Malcolm Leitch with Michael Bell (organ and piano), Janet Robinson (piano) and a line-up of six percussion players.


The performance is conducted by John Jackets

 

May 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 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