2022 Festival Singers’
We invite all singers to our next Vocal Workshop
on Saturday, 12 February 2022
St Hilda’s Anglican Church
311 The Parade, Island Bay
from 10:00am to 3:30pm
(Please arrive by 9:50am. Coffee & tea available from 9:30am.)
New music for 2022
The sessions will be professionally led by:
Rebecca Woodmore: Soloist and singing teacher
Emile van der Mespel: Experienced, fully registered Alexander Technique teacher
Ingrid Schoenfeld: Musical director
Jonathan Berkahn: Composer and accompanist
We’ll provide morning tea and copies of the music.
Bring your own lunch,
and swimming costume for a dip in the sea during the lunchbreak
A Vaccine Pass is required
The cost is just $30.00
Or bring cash on the day.
Travel by bus:
Catch a No. 1 Island Bay bus from town.
Get off at stop 6134 outside the church.
See you there!
Festival Singers 2022 plans
Thanks for visiting our website.
We rehearse at 7:00pm Monday nights at Newlands Christian Assembly 126 Newlands Road, Newlands, Wellington. Our first rehearsal for this year is 14 February 2022.
Please note that we require a Vaccine Pass,
and please don’t come to rehearsals if you are unwell.
Wearing a mask is recommended, but not mandatory.
We are working on concerts and dates for 2022 and will post them here when they are finalised.
If you are looking for a choir to sing with in 2022 we’d love hear from you.
Contact details are at the bottom of the page.
Our Last Concert
Ceremony of Carols Christmas concert
7:00pm Saturday 20 Nov. 2021
St John’s on the Hill, Johnsonville
Benjamin Britten’s stunning
Ceremony of Carols for choir and harp
featuring Michelle Velvin harpist.
We also performed a sparkling selection of traditional and contemporary Christmas music, by Gardner, Stopford, Lauridsen and new works by Jonathan Berkahn.
Starlit Night Concert
Our concert is postponed until 2022 due to the Covid Lockdown
We will advise a new concert date and time
as soon as they are finalised
- Seek Him That Maketh the Seven Stars by Jonathan Dove
- Nocturnes (including Sure on this Shining Night) by Morten Lauridsen, and
- Music by Jonathan Berkahn
Our soprano soloist is Rowena Simpson
Documentary Video about making the recording of A Hopkins Gloria
Buy Our Digital Album
A Hopkins Gloria
Here is Alexander Garside’s trailer video about the album
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
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- Ingrid Schoenfeld (Musical Director)
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- Philip Garside (Secretary)
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