Festival Singers invites all singers to our 2023 Summer Vocal Workshop.

Saturday, 11 February 2023 – 10:00am to 4:00pm
at St Hilda’s Anglican Church, 311 The Parade, Island Bay

We’re delighted to have Rebecca Woodmore as our Guest Vocal Coach.

Mayank Reid is our Breath & Movement / Qi Gong Coach

Our Musical Director Ingrid Schoenfeld and Accompanist Jonathan Berkahn will also provide professional leadership on the day.


  • 9:30-10:00 Tea and coffee
  • 10:00-11:00 Welcome, warmup, music learning with Ingrid
  • 11:00-12:00 Mayank Reid
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch and SWIMMING
  • 1:00-2:30 Rebecca Woodmore
  • 2:30-3:00 Afternoon tea – provided
  • 3:00-4:00 Choral improvising and wrap-up with Ingrid & Jonathan

Bring a pencil, lunch and your swimming gear (there will be time for a dip in the sea in the lunch break)

Only $35.00

Our workshops are always well attended, so book your place early.

Please book on Eventbrite. [You can also pay in cash on the day. No EFTPOS]




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Our Last Concert


Originals by: Dowland, Henry VIII, Morley, Edwards & Weelkes.
Premiere of six new settings by Jonathan Berkahn.
And other delights.

Musical Director: Ingrid Schoenfeld
Accompanist: Jonathan Berkahn

We performed classic madrigals, freshly reset by renowned choral composer Jonathan Berkahn, combined with a selection of other favourites, such as the beautiful chorale “O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden” in its second life as Paul Simon’s famous “American Tune.”

The concert was at
7:30pm on Saturday 19 November 2022 
at Wesley Methodist Church
75 Taranaki Street

Click here for the Programme Booklet PDF



Festival Singers 2023 plans

Thanks for visiting our website.

If you are looking for a choir to sing with in 2023 we’d love hear from you.

Contact details are at the bottom of the page.

Covid Policy

  • If you are unwell, please don’t come to choir rehearsals or events.
  • You may wear a mask at rehearsals if you wish to.

We will review this policy as the Covid situation changes.

We are currently planning our events for 2023 and will provide details here soon.


Documentary Video about making the recording of A Hopkins Gloria


Buy Our Digital Album
A Hopkins Gloria

Click here to order the album on our Payhip store $15


Here is Alexander Garside’s trailer video about the album


Composer’s note:

A Hopkins Gloria was initially premiered at a concert that included two other Glorias, by Vivaldi and by John Rutter. In the back of my mind were Classical and Baroque “cantata-masses” like Vivaldi’s Gloria, where each fragment of the (Latin) text is spun out into a complete movement. I was tempted in this direction, but decided at length to set the text in English (mostly the version in A New Zealand Prayer Book) – partly because most of the rest of the concert was in Latin. And as soon as I had made that decision, I felt that I couldn’t repeat each clause indefinitely, treating them as tokens to fill out abstract musical designs, but had to regard the text (or at least larger sections of it) as meaningful wholes.

Then I had an idea. Gerard Manley Hopkins’ Pied Beauty (“Glory be to God for dappled things…”) came into my head, which I had attempted without success to set at various times over the last twenty-five years. I thought of ‘inhabiting’ this canonical text with other, related texts (“and the birds of the air shall make their homes in its branches…”). It occurred to me that one of Hopkins’ Terrible Sonnets, written out of his blackest depression, could make a useful counterpoint to the Agnus Dei sections; then I wondered if the second half of his “That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the comfort of the Resurrection” might work as a way of bringing about a return to the joyful mood of the whole.

So there is a kind of spiritual drama, a dark night of the soul, at the heart of the piece. And it may be worth saying that the emotional dynamic of this section – the attempt to soothe and manage dark imaginings in the early hours of the morning by repetition of the Agnus Dei prayer – is, quite literally, something that has been a regular part of my spiritual life. I do believe, somehow, that joy will have the final word; but suffering and resurrection have to happen first.

Jonathan Berkahn, December 2020


  • For more information, please contact:

  • Ingrid Schoenfeld (Musical Director)
    ingrid.s@outlook.co.nz, 027 240 6669  or


  • Philip Garside (Secretary)
    books@pgpl.co.nz  475 8855

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