Friday, October 7, 2011

Students can Sing with Anna Leese

Anna Leese will sing the soprano role in this
year's production of Handel's Messiah.
The City of Dunedin Choir extends an invitation to student singers to join the Choir for this year's performance of Messiah on 13 December in the Regent Theatre.

Handel's Messiah is appreciated worldwide and is the best known and best loved work in the classical choral repertoire. This performance will provide a fantastic opportunity for the students to experience the work and participate in a world-class delivery of this dramatic and passionate work.

This performance will be conducted by David Burchell with orchestral accompaniment by the Southern Sinfonia, and we are particularly pleased to have Anna Leese back in Dunedin with us again to sing in this performance.

Student Applicants
  • Must be confident singers and members of an auditioned school or student choir.
  •  Will not have to audition with the City of Dunedin Choir, but should come with the recommendation from the Music Teacher or the Choir Director.
  • Will have reasonable sight-singing skills, or be able to pick the music up quickly. (Students are seated beside choir members for support and guidance.)
  • Be committed to practising the music between weekly Choir rehearsals.
  • Must attend at least 6 of the 8 regular scheduled rehearsals.
  • Must attend the final rehearsal with the orchestra the evening before the performance (this is compulsory).
Music scores: Music scores will be supplied by the City of Dunedin Choir at the first rehearsal the student attends. 

Rehearsals are held at the Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Terrace, Mornington on Tuesday evenings, starting promptly at 7:30 pm and ending at 9:30 pm. The doors are unlocked around 7:00 pm and singers should be seated and ready to start singing by 7:30 pm. For more information please visit

Rehearsal schedule:
18 and 25 October, 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 November, 6 December
Final rehearsal in the Regent Theatre: Monday 12 December, 7:00 to 10:00 pm approximately

Performance: Tuesday 13 December, 7:30 pm in the Regent Theatre.

Application: Please submit the following information by email to:

Name of student:
Name of school:
Voice (S, A, T or B):
Student's contact telephone number (evenings):
Student's email address (or that of parent if student has none):

All interested singers who qualify are most welcome to participate in this exciting concert. The number of student singers will not be limited. Join us to perform this beautiful music!

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