Auckland Welsh Choir

A Kiwi Choir with a Celtic connection

About Us

Auckland Welsh Choir invites singers of all voice types who enjoy singing in four part harmony and can hold a part and either read music or have an excellent ear - Welsh heritage is not obligatory.  Singers commit to perform in up to four charitable fundraising concerts each year and should be undaunted by learning to pronounce and sing a range of languages.   Members enjoy the company of a very friendly and welcoming group who strive for high choral standards with a varied, accessible, attractive repertoire from New Zealand and around the world, with an emphasis on Welsh and Celtic music.

Membership

Our members while diverse are united by their common interest. We invite potential members to attend up to three rehearsals as a guest before undertaking an informal audition with the Music Director. Ongoing vocal coaching is provided within choir or sectionals, together with solo opportunities, training and experience for would-be conductors and accompanists, and coaching in pronunciation of Welsh and other languages. 

Membership fees are reasonable and payable annually or six monthly.  Student scholarships for young choristers or accompanists who wish to improve their skills can be made available by arrangement.  Welsh people on overseas experience or gap years can also find a place in our ranks for the duration of their visit.

Find out who we are in our gallery, and join our team.

Where we are

We rehearse every Thursday evening in the hall of the lovely historic church of St Barnabas on the corner of Mt Eden and Bellevue Roads.  Usual practice takes place between 7.30 and 9.30pm, although at times may be extended until 10.00pm as we draw closer to a concert.  Please contact the secretary at secawc@gmail.com to advise if you would like to join and will be attending a rehearsal.  We will then make sure you are welcomed and introduced to the right people. 

Scholarship Information

Auckland Welsh Choir is offering two singing scholarships to young singers (15-25) to expand their musical interests and performance capabilities within a vibrant community choir.  The Scholarship offers:

* One year of individual vocal tuition from Diana Rhodes; singing teacher, voice coach and musical director of the choir.

* Choral experience and development within a supportive group of singers

* Introduction to a wide repertoire of music in many languages; including classical and folk songs and challenging music from more contemporary composers.

* Solo performance opportunities if appropriate.

The scholarship covers one year of private vocal tuition, two years free choir membership and music.

Applicants should be able to sight read confidently and meet the Music Director's standards.  Successful applicants will be expected to attend regular weekly practices for at least two years, and participate in scheduled concerts.

To apply send details to Karen Brook: Secretary AWC - secawc@gmail.com.  The Musical Director Diana Rhodes will contact you to arrange an introductory audition.


Friends of the Auckland Welsh Choir

Anyone is welcome to become a Friend of the Choir.  Our FOC coordinators William and Holly Perry maintain a database of email addresses and as a subscriber you will receive their newsletters free of charge.  These are full of information about the choirs concerts and events and are emailed several times during the year.  If you are interested in joining please contact awcfriendz@gmail.com or look out for the friendly faces at the colourful FOC table before selected concerts.