Showing posts with label Lois Johnston. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lois Johnston. Show all posts

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Gloria! A Baroque Christmas

Friday 19 December 2014, 7:30 pm
Knox Church, 449 George Street, Dunedin

Conductor: David Burchell
Soloists: Lois Johnston, Cathy Sim, Claire Barton, Benjamin Madden, Tānara Stedman
City Choir Dunedin
Southern Sinfonia


The featured work in this Baroque Christmas concert is the familiar and popular Gloria by Vivaldi. The wonderfully sunny nature of the Gloria, with its distinctive melodies and rhythms, and the brilliance and variety of textures displayed in the eleven movements of this work, make it tremendously appealing.

Charpentier’s In Nativitatem Domini Nostri Jesu Christi portrays, with delicacy and passion, the age-old story of the Evangelist calling the shepherds to Bethlehem, there to find Joseph, Mary and the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.

Bach composed the Christmas cantata Ich freue mich in dir in Leipzig in 1724 for the Third Day of Christmas. The work is suffused with earthy and realistic touches bathed in an otherworldly heavenly glow. It is surprising that the final chorale harmonization has not become famous as a Christmas carol, for it is a wonderful melody, beautifully harmonized.

These three works form the backbone of this celebration of the birth of Christ in our Baroque Christmas concert, and together with other shorter works by Buxtehude, Schein, Praetorius, Handel, Telemann and Clérambault, the music is presented in the spirit of joy that is Christmas!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Handel's Messiah on Tuesday 10 December 2013

Tuesday 10 December 7:30pm

Town Hall at the Dunedin Centre


150 years ago, Messiah was the first oratorio to be performed in Dunedin, on Christmas Eve 1863, so Handel’s masterpiece provides a fitting finale to City Choir’s 150th anniversary year. Performed around the world during the Christmas season, Messiah is the most-performed major choral work of all time. It is greatly appreciated, admired and enjoyed. 

City Choir Dunedin with the Southern Sinfonia, conducted by David Burchell, is pleased to perform this oratorio again this year. We are delighted to welcome home Jonathan Lemalu (bass) for this performance and together with Lois Johnston (soprano), Amanda Cole (mezzo), and David Hamilton (tenor), we will provide a fantastic opportunity for you to experience a world-class live delivery of this dramatic and passionate work. This will be a performance to inspire, uplift and enrich the soul.

Conducted from the harpsichord by David Burchell
Soloists: Lois Johnston (soprano), Amanda Cole (mezzo-soprano), David Hamilton (tenor) and Jonathan Lemalu (bass)
Orchestral accompaniment by the Southern Sinfonia

Thursday, January 13, 2000

Lois Johnston

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Biography for Lois Johnston, Soprano


After graduating from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Lois carved a niche for herself as an accomplished performer of early and contemporary music. In 2000, her musical life changed completely when she appeared as one of the flower maidens in Simon Rattle's BBC Proms performance of Parsifal, and discovered a passion for opera.

Recent roles include Servilia, Vixen, Liu and Queen of the Night, and she regularly performs in Opera Gala Evenings, Oratorio and recitals in Europe. Although she now lives and farms in New Zealand, she maintains her Scottish connections and appeared in the 2007/8 season with Edinburgh Grand Opera and Scottish Opera. She was also a founder member of the Dunedin Consort and sang regularly with the John Currie Singers. As a professional chorister, she has been singing for several years with the Age of Enlightenment, Nationale Reisopera (Netherlands), Netherlands Radio Choir and European Voices with whom she toured with Simon Rattle's performances of Idomeneo (Berlin, Lucerne, Salzburg Festival) and Peter Grimes (Berlin, Salzburg Festival).

Lois is also a passionate and dedicated teacher, working from her home studio and formerly in two public schools in the UK. She has also taught recently at residential courses for the National Children's Choir of Great Britain, and held a recent Masterclass at the University of Canterbury here in New Zealand.