Festival Singers 2020 plans

Thanks for visiting our website.

We have cancelled Monday night rehearsals until the New Zealand COVID-19 Lockdown ends.

Our programme for the rest of 2020 will change and when decisions have been made we will tell you what is happening here.

If you are looking for a choir to sing with in 2020 we’d love hear from you.

Here is a quick summary of our current plans for 2020:

  • Early music concert – 24 May 2020 at St Andrews on the Terrace

  • Video and Audio Recordings: July to September 2020
    We will record a promotional video of the choir performing a movement of Jonathan Berkahn’s Hopkin’s Gloria, and a documentary video of Jonathan discussing his compositional process and related clips about rehearsals.

We will record audio at St James Anglican Church Lower Hutt, of the entire Hopkin’s Gloria for commercial release.

In September we hold a launch concert/event for the release of the audio recording.

  • December 2020: Christmas Concert.

    For more information, please contact:

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

  • Philip Garside (Secretary)
    bookspgpl@gmail.com, 475 8855

Our Last Concert

High Summer Holds the Earth

Exquisite Choral Music for the Christmas Season


We performed:


Bob Chilcott: Dances of Time

John Gardner: Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day

Morten Lauridsen: Sure on this Shining Night

Jenny McLeod: Sun Festival Carols

Josef Rheinberger: Abendlied


2:30pm Sunday 1 December 2019
St John’s Anglican Church
18 Bassett Road, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037

We took a separate koha / collection at the door for the Wellington City Mission.
Special thanks to Alexander Garside—Garside Imaging
for the use of his photo of Breaker Bay


Our Musical Director

We welcomed Ingrid Schoenfeld as our Musical Director in July 2019.

Ingrid Schoenfeld is a classical pianist and accomplished teacher. She completed her Bachelor of Music in Classical Performance with first-class Honours at the New Zealand School of Music.

She has learned primarily from Richard Mapp as well as Dr. Jian Liu, and has played in masterclasses for Diedre Irons, Janos Cegledy, Paul Rickard-Ford, Natalia Sheludiakova, and the New Zealand String Quartet, among others. In addition to piano, she also studied harpsichord for three years under prominent early music specialists Dr Erin Helyard and Douglas Mews.

She made her orchestral debut in 2016 with the Nelson Symphony Orchestra, playing Shostakovich’s 2nd piano concerto.

Ingrid studied conducting at the New Zealand School of Music under Kenneth Young, and has conducted and accompanied multiple choirs around Wellington, including the Northern Chorale, St. James church choir, and the St. Mary of the Angels Youth Choir.

She sang with the St. Mary of the Angels church choir for two years, was a reserve member in the New Zealand Youth Choir, and currently sings in the Wellington Cathedral Choir under Michael Stewart.

In addition to performing regularly in solo, chamber, and choral concerts, she runs a successful teaching studio.

Ingrid has many exciting, creative ideas and the choir has a bright future under her leadership.

Ingrid was Festival Singer’s Accompanist from the start of 2018 to mid-2019.



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