Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Life and Times of a Choral Society


We've had a Passion for singing for over 155 years!

But for the first 71 years, Bach's music was never sung. It wasn't until 1961, 98 years after the first Dunedin Messiah, that the Dunedin Choral Society performed the St Matthew Passion for the first time, under the direction of Professor Peter Platt.

Intrigued?

The Life and Times of a Choral Society
will be published in mid-May 2019, price $45 (plus postage & packaging for mail orders)

The book will be available from University Book Shop, 378 Great King Street,  Dunedin, or email info@citychoirdunedin.org.nz or use the contact form at the bottom of the page to order. (Do not send any money now.)

Dunedin’s City Choir and its predecessors have been performing since Christmas Eve 1863, when selections from Messiah were presented to Dunedin by the newly-formed Philharmonic Society. Like every other New Zealand choral society its career has been a chequered one, but if it has not always been glorious, it is certainly a heroic tale of vision and determination to survive and flourish.

This definitive history, based on extensive archival research, removes the accretions of myth from the story of the Choir’s first 150 years, setting its activities in the context of the social and artistic fabric of the developing city and country. 

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Bach performance 'fantastic'


St Matthew Passion - An Epic Musical Creation
Sunday 31 March, Dunedin Town Hall

Brenda Harwood, The Star, Thursday 4 April 2019