Voices of Aotearoa

“Voices of Aotearoa”
Voices NZ Chamber Choir
Chamber Music New Zealand 2011 Season

19 Nov- Wellington
20 Nov- Napier
21 Nov- Auckland
23 Nov- Christchurch
24 Nov- Dunedin

Chris was privileged to be a part of the 16-voice Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir for the culmination of Chamber Music New Zealand’s 2011 season.

“Voices of Aotearoa, an innovative programme exploring New Zealand’s heritage, presented by Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir. Experience the vibrancy of New Zealand’s premier chamber choir, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the spine-tingling sounds of Aotearoa.”

Read more on the CMNZ website.

Reviews of the concerts:

NZ Herald–William Dart

Otago Daily Times– Marian Poole

Middle C– Peter Mechen

Odes to Joy

Odes to Joy
NZSO & Voices NZ Chamber Choir

23 Sept– Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington
24 Sept– Auckland Town Hall
27 Sept– CSO Arena, Christchurch
28 Sept– Dunedin Town Hall

Chris performed as a member of Voices NZ Chamber Choir with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and choirs from each of the main centres to bring two great works to life.

One was Beethoven’s immortal 9th Symphony, his “Ode to Joy”, and the other was a world premiere work by NZ composer Gareth Farr, “Kaitiaki”.

Chris was one of 20 Voices NZ Chamber Choir members who travelled with the NZSO and formed the core of the choir which was supplemented with choristers from each of the local choral societies.

This tour was part of the REAL NZ Arts Festival, as part of the Rugby World Cup 2011 festivities.

Radio NZ Concert– Listen to Rachel Hyde’s review of the Wellington concert

NZSO News– 1st half of tour a “sell out”

Monteverdi Vespers

14 & 15 August 2010
St. Mary of the Angels

Chris sings bass as one of 10 solo voices with Baroque Voices as part of Musica Sacra‘s performance of the 400th anniversary of the Monteverdi Vespers.

These performances mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of this famous work, which is brought to life by ten virtuoso solo singers and an array of period instruments, including cornetti, sackbuts, Baroque strings, two pipe organs and theorbos.

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Mahler Symphony #8

Chris sang with Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir in this epic performance of Mahler’s 8th Symphony, dubbed the “Symphony of 1000” due to the large number of performers needed to present it, to open the 2010 New Zealand International Arts Festival in Wellington last night.

A very large New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by world-renowned conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, was accompanied by 7 soloists and 5 choirs: Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir, New Zealand Youth Choir, Christchurch City Choir, Orpheus Choir of Wellington and the Choristers of Wellington Cathedral of St Paul.

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Read a review of the concert . . . >

Mozart Requiem

Mozart requiem poster
19 & 20 June 2009
Nelson Cathedral

Chris is singing Bass solo with the Nelson Civic Choir and Orchestra for two performances in Nelson’s Christchurch Cathedral.

Musica Ficta Presents “Contrapunto Bestiale”

Songs inspired by creatures great and small

12 June Founder’s Park, Nelson
13 June Chanel Arts Centre, Motueka

Musica Ficta, Nelson’s vocal ensemble specialising in Early Music, performs light works with an animal connection.

Pieces include: The Silver Swan (Gibbons), Les Chants des Oyseaux (Janequin), Sweet Honey-Sucking Bees (Wilbye), Chi Chilichi (Cock-a-doodle do) (Lassus)

“Of All the Birds That I Do Know” performed by Musica Ficta

Currently, MF is: Jane Quinton (soprano), Trish Sullivan, Hilary Fenemor (alto), Ewen Griffiths, Andrew Fenemor (tenor), Chris Burcin (bass).

Read more about MF . . . >