Auckland Welsh Choir

A Kiwi Choir with a Celtic connection

Our Mission

Auckland Welsh Choir is committed to the community, as a non-profit organisation we are proud to donate proceeds of our concerts to charity groups which support people in need.  Our other main aims are to promote and value Welsh language and music, to maintain a lively, enjoyable and social programme for our members, to strive always for choral excellence, and to challenge ourselves to explore varied repertoire while maintaining our cornerstone of Welsh music.

 

Touring, Concerts and Charities 

Auckland Welsh Choir have undertaken tours in past years such as Wales-On-Rails to the King Country in 2010, benefitting Taumarunui Performing Arts and Rotary.  Before this we had toured nationwide from Timaru to Whangarei to celebrate our ten years of choral music.  In March 2009 we toured with a lineup of top talent including Brynmor Williams on harp to Wellington, Paraparaumu, and Levin.  For this tour Auckland Welsh Choir worked with the Save the Children Fund at each of its three performance venues.  Please read the details of our past concerts below to see our various charity partners. 

More recently we have participated in some exciting social occasions which have included travelling to the 2015 Tremains Art Deco Weekend in Napier to perform at the Sound Shell and a night onstage in the challenging production of "The Events" organised by the Silo Theatre.  Not to mention our annual Mid Winter Dinner which takes place with part of our family St Barnabas Church at the conclusion of a yearly concert to raise funds for the church organ restoration. 

 

 

 

 

24 September - St Lukes Church, Remuera

Alway Something Sings

Proceeds to Auckland Restorative Justice

The proven restorative and health-giving power of singing is a subject much talked and written about by researchers. Benefits are well-acknowledged by singers in Auckland Welsh Choir and, very appropriately, our concert at St Luke’s Church was entitled “Alway Something Sings”.

Contemporary American composer Dan Forrest has written this appealingly apt title piece, which we will perform with with two choirs and five string players. Peka Totara Choir of One Tree Hill College will join Auckland Welsh Choir in the programme, along with successful young music performance graduate and soloist, soprano Bernice Austin, whose parents are both long-time members of Auckland Welsh Choir. With a programme including sacred music, classic part-songs of the English countryside, lieder and even a little vocal jazz.  At the same time you will be helping us to support the Auckland Restorative Justice Trust, a group which is committed to training more counsellors for its valuable work.  

9 July 2017 - North Shore Events Centre

Tartan Day Celebration Tattoo

FREE Concert

The Auckland Welsh Choir were invited to participate in the North Shore Tartan Day Celebration Tattoo at the Events Centre.  We all had a marvellous time with our Celtic cousins, singing alongside highland dancers, marching teams, drum corps and massed pipe bands.  

24 June 2017 - St Barnabas Church, Mt Eden

Fireside Mid-Winter Concert

Proceeds to St Barnabas Church Organ Restoration

St Barnabas Mid Winter Concert - timeless favourites and contemporary classics.  The choir was joined again by Isabella Thomas, an award winning young brass player, and had accompaniment from Christopher Artley for the concert which included his two compositions especially commissioned by the choir.

This has become one of our favourite annual events to support the organ upkeep and restoration in our home, St Barnabas Church. This yearly warming event is a chance to enjoy hospitality from the church team who light the fire and provide a wonderful afternoon tea after the concert. A great chance to meet and greet the choir members and enjoy beautiful music and a lovely community spirit.


5 March 2017 - St Joseph's Catholic Church, Takapuna

One Shining Hour

Proceeds to kidSHINE NZ

What is this life if full of care...  an hour of tender and heart-warming music with added 'joie de vivre' as Auckland Welsh Choir raises funds for kidSHINE part of the Safer Homes in New Zealand Trust providing support for child victims of domestic abuse. 

Our annual celebration of the Welsh Patron Saint - this year we are extremely proud to premiere songs written by Chris Artley (who will also provide piano accompaniment) using the immortal words of Welshman William Henry Davies.  Our young soloists include Isabella Thomas playing cornet and Joelle Ireland playing harp. 

11 September 2016 - St Lukes Church, Remuera

Soul Songs 

Proceeds to Auckland Welsh Choir

On September 11th at 3pm the Auckland Welsh Choir will perform a wide selection of Soul Songs in the delightful acoustic and warm ambience of St Luke’s Church, 130 Remuera Road. The choir will be joined by the girls of Peka Totara Choir from One Tree Hill College  to perform Ola Gjeilo’s uplifting and hopeful Luminous Night of the Soul, written for String Quartet, piano and double choir. The folk music settings of Felix Mendelssohn, Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano trios with singers and the choirs’ other selections will round out a diverse program celebrating hope, peace and joy.

2 July 2016 - St Barnabas Church, Mt Eden


Fireside Music - Songs of Hearth & Home

Proceeds to St Barnabas Church Organ Restoration Fund

When the colder weather has arrived in July there will be a strong antidote in Auckland Welsh Choir's annual winter concert at St Barnabas.  Stay on and warm yourself after the church Market Day with a roaring fire in the lounge.  Bring your cushion and make yourself cosy in the beautiful church for the concert, after which you are invited to stay for mulled wine and afternoon tea with the choir.  

We are featuring a wide range of choral repertoire and solos, with old and new favourites from a range of diverse composers such as Felix Mendelssohn and Stephen Foster.  Our special guests are Anna Dunwoodie and Shane Stewart, well known musicians who will bring a true Celtic flavour to our concert with their performances on folk harp and smallpipes.

 

28 February 2016 - St Joseph's Catholic Church, Takapuna

St David's Day - Songs From the Heart

Proceeds to Heart Kids New Zealand

 Our annual tribute to the Patron Saint of Wales featured some of our favourite songs, and also special performances by Lexus Song Quest prize winner Benson Wilson.  All proceeds were donated to Heart Kids NZ who do amazing work supporting Kiwi children who are affected by Congenital Heart Disease.  This is the annual concert to attend for those wanting a dose of well known Welsh music, fun audience participation and reconnection with Welsh heritage.   

 

6 December 2015 - St Columba Church, Botany Downs

Christmas Concert

Proceeds to Kidz First Children's Hospital

 Auckland Welsh Choir presents its first ever Christmas programme in aid of Kidz First Hospital at Middlemore.  Welcoming the angelic voice of our guest performer 8 year old boy soprano Lukas Maher and showcasing the One Tree Hill College girls choir to start your festive season celebrations. Our choir will be accompanied by some of Auckland's finest young brass players providing fanfares in true medieval style.   

 

10 October 2015 - St Barnabas Church, Mt Eden

Auckland Heritage Festival

FREE Concert

 Auckland Welsh Choir perform some of their favourite songs as part of the Auckland Heritage Festival.  We are joined once again by the wonderful Nicholas Forbes providing organ accompaniment.  St Barnabas is celebrating their journey from 1848 to 2015 and follow the choir with a traditional Evensong. 

 

 

27 June 2015 - St Barnabas Church,  Mt Eden

Sacred and Sublime: Songs for the Winter Solstice 

Proceeds to St Barnabas Church Organ Restoration Fund

Auckland Welsh Choir returns for its annual concert at the historic St Barnabas Anglican Church in Mt Eden. This year’s programme includes sacred music from Mozart, Elgar, Rachmaninov, Fauré and Caradog Roberts along with some sublime spiritual, jazz and a collection of Welsh favourites.

The evenings programme will be sung in four parts with superb vocal and instrumental soloists including the delightful soprano voice of Brooke van Velden. The evening also presents an opportunity to hear the new organ in virtuosic mode, played by special guest Nicholas Forbes.

                                                                      

1 March 2015 - St Joseph's Catholic Church, Takapuna

 Favourite Songs for St David's Day

Proceeds to Breast Cancer NZ

Our annual tribute to Dewi Sant included the wide ranging repertoire for which we are known, with a special emphasis on songs Welsh and Celtic. Joyce Guo, our guest performer, will delight our audience with a superb performance on the Chinese Harp.  Help us support a very worthy charity by joining us for an afternoon of wonderful music.

                                   

21 February 2015 - Napier Soundshell

Art Deco Weekend Trip


Auckland Welsh Choir performed to excellent reviews as guests of Tremains Art Deco Weekend, a wonderful annual event in the city of Napier. 

We had an amazing road-trip, lots of fun and learned some fabulous jazz songs especially for the occasion. 

The committee is planning on continuing our association with this event in the future, we certainly all enjoyed our trip back to the 1920's.                       

                 

15 November 2014 - Somervell Church, Remuera 

 Fantasia on Christmas Carols - with Devonport Chamber Orchestra

Proceeds to Child Poverty Action Group

In conjunction with Devonport Chamber Orchestra, our programme includes Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances and well loved folk songs in various languages.  Baritone soloists Philip Morgan Rees and Vanya Boikov and a performance by special guests the Girl's Chamber Choir of One Tree Hill College are included.   

 

21 June 2014 - St Barnabas Church, Mt Eden

 Music to Warm the Heart

Proceeds to St Barnabas Organ Restoration Fund

Auckland Welsh Choir presents its annual mid-winter concert to support St Barnabas which features some of our best loved melodies along with some new favourites to warm on a chilly day.  Emerging soprano Rachel Roberts and Joyce Guo, playing the Gu Zheng (Chinese harp) are our guest performers. 

We are also delighted to welcome back Don James to play the recently installed organ.  This fine instrument will serve during the ongoing restoration project of the historic pipe organ. 

 

 

23 February 2014 - St Michael's Catholic Church, Remuera

 St David's Day - Tribute to Those Who Served in World War 1

Proceeds to Auckland Welsh Choir

 

A very special concert in the beautiful acoustic of St Michael's Catholic Church in Remuera.  Featuring songs, poetry and images of WW1 with guest soloist tenor Richard Phillips.  

Our annual St David's Day concert will also include a special performance of three moving Elgar pieces performed by our young guest string quartet, Jim Wu, Edward Zang, Sandy Niu, and Nicole Niu.    

 

23 November 2013 - St Matthew-in-the-City

 Handel: Coronation Anthems, A Celebration of Prince George - with Devonport Chamber Orchestra

Proceeds to Auckland City Mission

Auckland Welsh Choir and Devonport Chamber Orchestra present four sets of Coronation Anthems by Handel, as well as Divers Ayres & Lullabies to welcome the new baby prince. 

The programme begins with Tair Pluen y Cymry, a short paean to The Prince of Wales's feathers - the heraldic badge of the Heir Apparent to the Commonwealth realm's thrones.  St Matthew's will provide a dramatic acoustic for the magnificent Coronation Anthems which evoke a mood of ceremony and patriotism. 

Our charity partners for this concert are The Auckland City Mission who provided much needed support to those in need especially during the upcoming holiday season.

22 June 2013 - St Barnabas Church, Mt Eden

 Music for a Winter's Night

Proceeds to St Barnabas Organ Restoration Fund

In our annual mid winter concert of support to St Barnabas our rehearsal space we will sing of snow, stars and winter winds. 

This concert includes performances from outstanding young soloists with a variety of instruments. Highlights to the programme are provided by lovely harp pieces performed by Lys Meurillon, and Vivaldi's Winter violin concerto by Sandy Niu. 

The winter images which accompany our music have been sourced to illustrate not only the UK but include a private collection of magical winter scenes from around New Zealand. 

 

3 March 2013 - St Joseph's Catholic Church, Takapuna

 St David's Day - Songs of Love and Land

Proceeds to Hospice North Shore

Auckland Welsh Choir returns to St Joseph's for it's annual celebration in tribute to St David, the patron saint of Wales.  This year's programme entitled "Songs of Love and Land" combines it's cornerstone Welsh repertoire with excerpts from Ralph Vaughan Williams Folk Songs of the Four Seasons. 

The concert features soloists and the Telynogion Chamber Choir in a wide variety of performance genre with all profits going to Hospice North Shore. 

 

24 November 2012, All Saint's Church, Howick

 English Music for the Four Seasons - with Devonport Chamber Orchestra

Proceeds to Habitat for Humanity 

Auckland Welsh Choir is joined by the Devonport Chamber Orchestra in support of Habitat for Humanity.  This concert is themed as English Music for the Four Seasons - including The Lark Ascending, opera solos and choruses. 

From 20th Century British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams we will hear the very popular piece for violin and orchestra The Lark Ascending with soloist Stella Kim.  Alongside it will be some of his superb realisations for voice and orchestra with a selection from the Folk Songs of the Four Seasons.  Mezzo soprano solos are provided by Sheridan Williams and Sue Braatveldt with conductors Diana Williams Rhodes and Steven Rapana.