Concerts & News

Our next concert

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We’re excited about our next concert

Angels Dancing — Choral Masterworks

which will be in collaboration with William McElwee and the St. Mary of the Angels choir. This is a fantastic church choir with a lot of great voices, and it will be a delight to sing with them in their stunning church. Ingrid and William will share the conducting. The program is made up entirely of the absolute gems of the choral repertoire, including works by:

Stanford, Rachmaninov, Fauré, Rheinberger, Allegri, Handel, Parry, Wood, Britten & Lotti

The concert will be at
7:30pm on Saturday 27 August 2022 
at St. Mary of the Angels, Boulcott Street.

Tickets are $25.00

Click the link below or scan the QR code to order your tickets at Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/angels-dancing-choral-masterworks-tickets-387210536137

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Festival Singers 2022 plans

Thanks for visiting our website.

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.

Covid Policy

  • If you are unwell, please don’t come to choir rehearsals or events.
  • Wearing a mask is strongly recommended.

We will review this policy as the Covid situation changes.

Programme for the rest of 2022

Angels Dancing – Choral Masterworks: Concert with the choir of  St. Mary of the Angels, 17 Boulcott Street – 7:30pm 27 August 2022

Programme will include: Zadok the Priest, Parry’s I Was Glad, Allegri’s Miserere, Stanford’s Three Latin Motets, and a wide range of composers from Allegri to Britten. 

“Rewritten” concert. October / November 2022

We’ll sing music that’s been used in one context and then rewritten for another, e.g. JS Bach’s Passion Chorale that Paul Simon rewrote as American Tune. 

December 2022

  • We plan to sing at the Seatoun Carols event at St Christopher’s that fundraises for the Wellington City Mission.
  • We may perform a Christmas concert
  • We may sing at some rest-homes

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Our Musical Director

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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

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With soloists:

Shayna Tweed
Soprano


Linden Loader
Alto


Declan Cudd
Tenor

William King
Bass

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


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2017 Christmas Concert

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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

Featured:
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.

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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)

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