Auckland Welsh Choir
Côr Cymreig. A Kiwi choir with a Celtic connection
Join us if you love to sing
We are a community choir who provide a welcoming environment to develop, challenge and enjoy ourselves as singers. Under our Music Director’s guidance we strive for musical and vocal excellence while making friends and helping the community.
Our music draws on a rich range of folk songs with a Celtic flavour, as well as our cornerstone Welsh language repertoire. We usually sing in four part harmony, enjoying also the traditional choral repertoire of sacred and secular songs. At times we perform more challenging larger scale concert works using guest instrumentalists. Besides English and Welsh, we have also sung in Latin, German, French, Italian, Māori, Mandarin, Russian and even Estonian.
Come along to a concert or enquire about attending a rehearsal if you’d like to join our choral family. We have a scholarship available for any interested younger members.
Members of the choir will perform a new song at the opening of the Migration day at the Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre.
Afterwards, Dr. Oksana Borowik will give a speech about conservation and science of birds and bees. The event concludes with lunch (BYO) and birdwatching.
After a very successful concert in 2018, AWC have been invited to sing again at St Andrew’s Church, Waiuku, for St David’s Day, which we will celebrate on Sunday 28th March 2021. This year, we are celebrating St David’s Day a little later than usual, due to another engagement in early March. Our last visit to St Andrew’s (2019) was very special and we were greeted by a large and enthusiastic audience. We hope that circumstances will again allow us to entertain and delight you.
We will open with our favourite Welsh songs but our repertoire this year connects us to a wider world and our delight in music from a range of cultures. Karl Jenkins’ Haiku (in Japanese) recognises all who have died, or suffered great loss over the past year through Covid-19 and other tragedies. Y Tangnefeddwyr praises the Peacemakers. Steven Rapana (our new co-director of music and long time friend of the choir) brings his own adaptation of Hen Wlad and his fine tenor voice brings Daffyd y Gareg Wen poignantly alive. English and American songs remind us of the cycle of seasons in our lives. Nearer home, we celebrate the World Premier of Diana Rhodes’ anthem to the Kuaka (the godwit) as they wing their way north for the Northern summer. Steven has arranged a medley of sacred Pasifica hymns and we close with Jazz items which we hope will send you home singing along with us.
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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.
We have partnered with multiple charities in the past.