Auckland Welsh Choir

A Kiwi Choir with a Celtic connection

 

Diana Rhodes - Director of Music

FTCL, LRSM, AmusA, AIRMT

Diana is a member of the N.Z Association of Teachers of Singing, is an itinerant music specialist in Auckland, and amongst her other interests is Music Director of the Auckland Welsh Choir (Cor Cymreig Auckland).  As a New Zealander of Welsh heritage, Diana has been delighted to be introduced by the choir to the Welsh language through performance of traditional Welsh songs.  She has always felt a special affinity for Celtic music, and in addition has continued to broaden the scope of repertoire.  The result is a choir that is comfortable with a wide variety of genres.  

Our Team

Meet the music team - all members of the choir who keep concerts and rehearsals running smoothly.  We are grateful to our active and willing choristers and committee members who undertake roles such as music librarian, publicity, stage management, catering and front of house - all those tasks that help us to function efficiently.  The volunteers on our committee enable the choir to fill its role as a community choir and charitable organisation, making significant financial contributions to our wider community as well as entertaining our audiences.

 








William Perry

Welsh Language Coach

Philip Morgan Rees

Welsh Language Coach

Robert Barnes

Pianist

Lynette Read

Pianist

Raewyn Seto

Pianist

Ken Lee- Jones

Sound Technician & Photography

Maryclare Collie

Friends of Choir

 

 

 

History of the Auckland Welsh Choir

The first Auckland Welsh Choir was formed in 1988 to boost the morale of the Welsh Rugby team in its game against New Zealand at Eden Park.  Despite an inspirational effort, Wales lost to the All Blacks.  In 1989 the choir, then a part of the Auckland Welsh Club, played a major part in the "Wings from Wales" campaign that sponsored a Welsh youngster suffering from leukemia to New Zealand for the Commonwealth Games.

In 1999 the choir was re-established separately as the Auckland Welsh Choir, continuing its mission to keep Welsh music alive in New Zealand.  Diana Williams Rhodes was invited to become Musical Director and under her leadership and with the subsequent appointment of Associate Director Steven Rapana, the performance repertoire broadened and vocal talent was strengthened as choir membership grew.  Over the following years tours were undertaken to Timaru, Christchurch, Kapiti, Levin, Paeroa, Rotorua, Tauranga, Wellington and Whangarei.

In 2006 the choir was registered as a charitable organisation, cementing its commitment to support good causes in conjunction with continuing the tradition of Welsh choral music in New Zealand. 

With Steven Rapana having left in 2014 to further his music overseas we are still lucky to be under the guidance of Diana Rhodes who has incorporated a broader repertoire of celtic and religious music.  Auckland Welsh Choir currently has 40 members from a wide range of backgrounds who have offered us tutoring not only in  the Welsh language but recently even in Mandarin and Slavonic.  Members are encouraged to share their talents whether they can play an instrument or contribute a solo to add variety to our performances.  Please come along to a concert whether it be to listen and enjoy, support a worthy cause, or decide if you would like to join our choir for friendship, musical challenge and fun.