Concerts & News

Festival Singers 2021 plans

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We have resumed 7:00pm Monday night rehearsals at Newlands Christian Assembly 126 Newlands Road, Newlands, Wellington

If you are looking for a choir to sing with in 2021 we’d love hear from you.

Here is a summary of our plans for the remainder of 2021:

  • Dvořák Mass in D: 3:00pm Sunday 23 May 2021.
    St James Anglican Church, Lower Hutt

    We will also perform Bob Chilcott’s A Little Jazz Mass


  • Starlit Night concert: Early July

Matariki themed concert featuring: Seek Him That Maketh the Seven Stars by Jonathan Dove

  • Ceremony of Carols Christmas Concert: Late November

Featuring Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, with Michelle Velvin harpist.


Festival Singers’ Choral Workshop

Our workshop was well attended.

We will hold another workshop later this year.


  • 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)