Concerts & News

Our Next Concert

A Hopkins Gloria by Jonathan Berkahn
Digital album launch celebration

7:00pm Friday 4 December 2020
St James Anglican Church
71 Woburn Road, Lower Hutt.

“New Zealand choral music at its best.”

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Tickets also available from Choir members.

Door sales available
(Cash only: no EFTPOS or credit cards)


Your ticket package includes your personal copy
of the digital album of the A Hopkins Gloria.

We will give you a download link at the concert.

We will perform the whole Gloria accompanied by
Alto: Eleanor McGechie
Soprano saxophonist: Genevieve Davidson
and the Composer on piano.

You will also see a video by Alexander Garside
about the making of the recording.

And we will serve supper!!

Here is a small taste of the delights that await you!

Here is a small taste of the delights that await you!

Festival Singers 2020 plans

Thanks for visiting our website.

We have resumed Monday night rehearsals at Newlands Christian Assembly.

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

Here is a summary of our plans for the remainder of 2020:

  • Video and Audio Recordings: 8 August 2020

  • We will record audio at St James Anglican Church Lower Hutt, of the entire A Hopkins Gloria for commercial release. We will also be filming a promotional video of the choir performing a movement of Jonathan Berkahn’s A Hopkin’s Gloria, and a documentary video about the composition and the process of recording it.
  • Launch Concert: Postponed.

  • Early music concert – 2:30pm Saturday 1o October 2020 at St Andrews on the Terrace

  • December 2020: Christmas Concert.

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    Our Musical Director


    We welcomed Ingrid Schoenfeld as our Musical Director from 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.

    Singalong Messiah

    Festival Singers (director Jonathan Berkahn)
    Northern Chorale (director Monika Smith)

    Tawa Orchestra — conductor Thomas Nikora


    With soloists:

    Shayna Tweed

    Linden Loader

    Declan Cudd

    William King

    7 pm Sunday 2 December 2018

    Wesley Methodist Church,
    75 Taranaki Street, Wellington

    The audience sang these choruses with us

    4 — And the glory of the Lord

    19 — O thou that tellest

    12 — For unto us a child is born

    17 — Glory to God in the highest

    23 — Behold the Lamb of God

    24 — Surely he hath borne our griefs

    25 — And with his stripes

    26 — All we like sheep

    28 — He trusted in God

    33 — Lift up your heads – second part

    44 — Hallelujah!

    46 — Since by man came death

    53 — Worthy is the Lamb – Amen

    Click here to download the
    PDF copy of the Programme booklet for this concert

    SingFest 2018

    Festival Singers was one of 8 community choirs who gathered
    on Saturday 7 April 2018 St Peter’s Church, Ruahine Street, Palmerston North, for SingFest 2018
    ***Special thanks to Kate Love Photographer for the photos***

    Ingrid’s dynamic conducting set us off at a fast pace, singing Awake the Harp – from Haydn’s Creation

    Jonathan leading us.

    The Festival Singers pews

    Singing Shenandoah

    Singing Shenandoah


    2017 Christmas Concert


    Come Celebrate Christmas

    Music included:
    Mozart’s charming Pastoral Mass in G major, K. 140, and works by J S Bach, William Billings, J Barnby, Edward Elgar, Jonathan Berkhan and Zoltan Kodaly.

    Directed by Jonathan Berkahn

    7-00pm Sunday 10 December 2017
    St Barnabas Anglican Church
    35 Box Hill, Khandallah

    Thomas Nikora ~ accompanist
    The Festival Players
    & special guests
    The Northern Chorale.

     A koha for Downtown Community Ministry was collected

    Click here to download a PDF of the programme booklet for the concert.


    NZ Choral Federation workshop

    On 5 & 6 May 2017 several Festival Singers members took part in the NZ Choral Federation’s workshop learning and then performing Donizetti’s Mass in G Minor.

    Wonderfully led by conductor David Squire and accompanied by our own Jonathan Berkahn. Thomas Nikora also helped out leading sectionals.

    Below are quick snaps of the basses, tenors and sopranos (top) and altos (bottom)