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.

 

2021 Concert Schedule

 

To be advised

 

  Concert Reviews

 Spring Concert: Fauré, Finzi & Festive Favourites - Sunday 29 November, 2020

 

Despite Covid 19 delaying the Bay of Island Singers first concert of the year, the choir out-performed  its past matchless presentations proffering yet another eagerly anticipated performance to a packed auditorium in the Turner Centre Kerikeri.  In the words of John Jackets, their Musical Director, this concert was ‘a celebration of the joy of making music together’

The three fine soloists, Elizabeth Mandeno, soprano, Jarvis Dams, baritone, and Michael Burch, tenor, added their professional talents to the choir’s exquisiteness thereby ensuring that the magnificence of the human voice and spirit enthralled us all throughout the concert. The choir and soloists were further embellished by a magnificent 23-piece orchestra. The entire ensemble was directed by Kerikeri’s own John Jackets QSM who also kept the audience informed and amused with anecdotes about the programme.

The concert opened with Fauré’s ‘Requiem’. Fauré himself, declared that ‘art and music existed to elevate mankind as far as possible above everyday existence’ and to this aim, the choir and audience truly did him proud. 

The second half began with Haydn’s Te Deum one of his most popular choral works, and followed by a rare performance of Gerald Finzi’s ‘In Terra Pax-Christmas Scene’, The audience was swiftly enamoured by the ensemble’s superb performance of this relatively obscure work which will undoubtedly ensure that the music of Finzi will be remembered in Kerikeri for a long time to come.

A short orchestral masterpiece, ‘Sleigh Ride’ by Leroy Anderson, had miracles being worked by the percussionists and filled the audience with nostalgia and mirth.

Gustav Holst wrote ‘Christmas Day: Choral Fantasia on Old Carols’ in 1910 for his students at Morley College. The fantasia includes beautifully written settings of a variety of classic Christmas Carols enthusiastically and memorably performed by the choir and orchestra.

French composer Adolphe Adam’s ever popular ‘O Holy Night’ marking the birth of Jesus as humanity’s redeemer was lovingly rendered by the choir, soloists and orchestra and delighted the audience.

Finally, what choral performance would be complete without the rousing anthem ‘Zadok the Priest’ by Handel. The audience was enraptured by the choir’s presentation of this work and awarded two curtain recalls demonstrating its appreciation and gratitude for the incomparable excellence of conductor John Jackets, the Bay of Islands Singers, soloists and orchestra.

From a concert review by John Russell