Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The Life and Times of a Choral Society


It all began with Hallelujah... 

Dunedin first heard Messiah on Christmas Eve 1863, and it has been performed frequently ever since. The Choir’s new definitive history tells the story of the first 150 years, setting its activities in the context of the social and artistic fabric of the developing city and country.

The Life and Times of a Choral Society
will be published early in 2019, price $45.

To reserve copies or register interest email info@citychoirdunedin.org.nz or use the contact form at the bottom of the page.

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, and the Philharmonic itself only lasted four years before being almost instantly reformed, again reforming with greater success as the Dunedin Choral Society in 1871. Since 1914 the Society has been in continuous existence, providing stimulating recreation for its members, and a wide range of musical experiences for its audience.

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. A very different narrative has emerged, and while the tale is not always a glorious one, it is a tribute not only to the vision and determination of the original founders, but to all those whose efforts have ensured that it has continued not only to survive - often against great odds - but also to flourish.

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