Concerts & News

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:

  • Festival Singers are performing the first two movements of Jonathan Berkahn’s A Hopkin’s Gloria as part of the  St James Anglican Church choir’ s concert at 1:30pm on Sunday 26 July 2020. 71 Woburn Road, Lower Hutt.
  • 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 late August or September we hold a launch concert/event for the release of the audio recording.

  • 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

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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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