About

The New Zealand Male Choir is formed from auditioned members who come from throughout the country. The Choir comprises of around 60 singing members from Bluff to North Auckland. All members are passionate about singing and enjoy the camaraderie the Choir offers. The Choir is also well supported by partners of the choristers who are involved in various aspects of the Choirs’ activities and keep the “lads” under some form of control.

The Choir repertoire is broad, ranging from formal choral works, popular, show, folk, NZ Waiata, sacred, operatic and gospel . The aim is to present an entertaining and professional performance that varies with the audience and the type of concert. This challenges and extends the skills and talents of the Choir members.

The Choir rehearses monthly in two sections, one in the North Island and the other in the South. The practices aim to achieve personal and collective vocal improvement as well as repertoire preparation. Collectively, usually a minimum of ·twice a year, the full Choir meets to rehearse and perform.

The Choir has an interest in fostering and maintaining an enthusiasm for male singing and aims to show how this can be a rewarding, enjoyable and creative activity. It aims to celebrate the beauty of singing and of our unique New Zealand choral music with communities through several regional concerts a year. It also tours internationally with every 5 years a tour the northern hemisphere and every 2 to 3 years throughout Asia/Australasia. These tours aim to promote the Choir, lift it standards of performance, improve its profile, attract new members and provide members and their partners with a fun and memorable experience.

A professional music team manage the musical quality and performance of the Choir, take rehearsals and manage performances. The Choir also produces CDs with the latest mentioned on the web home page.

The Choir is managed by an executive committee that supports the Choir and directs the Choirs’ development. It is representative of the both North and South island members and is elected on an annual or bi-annual basis.

If you are interested in being a singing member of the Choir please visit the “Join” page on this site.

Download the Choir brochure for further information:  NZMC Information Brochure

Patron

Patrick Power

New Zealand tenor, Patrick Power has had a distinguished international career, performing more than 60 major operatic roles and thrilling audiences all over the world.  He has been decorated by the Queen for his services to opera.

He has shared  a stage with Kiri Te Kanawa, recorded with Jessye Norman, and performed at Covent Garden and at La Scala under the direction of world class conductors.

Originally, from Hawkes Bay Patrick was educated at the Universities of Otago and Auckland where he began his lifelong career in music.

Europe beckoned and he spent three years as principal operatic tenor for the Norwegian Opera in Oslo and three years in similar positions in Krefeld and Munich.

In London, he became a regular on such stages as the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the Royal Opera House Convent Garden.

Following his success, he was invited to the New York Festival to sing Britten’s Serenade. Operatic roles in the New York Festival and with San Francisco Opera, followed.

In April 2009, he became the full time Lecturer in Vocal Studies at the Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide.

Since returning to Hawkes Bay in 2016 he has taught at several leading secondary colleges and gives advanced training to young singers.

 

Music Team

Musical Director – Joseph Christensen

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Joe brings a background in Operatic and Choral music. Being a fine bass singer himself Joe has sung with the Voices of New Zealand Chamber Choir and as a soloist throughout New Zealand and Australia.

After graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium with a Dip Mus (voice) and a Post Graduate in Opera Performance he returned to Hastings to teach at the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) Opera course for two years. He then spent time as a freelance performer working as soloist with most of the opera companies and choral societies throughout the North Island.

Joe attended EIT to study for a Teaching Diploma (secondary) gaining the Head of Music position at Karamu High School which he held for 12 years progressing to Head of Performing Arts Faculty for 3 years while still being HOD Music.

Joe is leading a number of Choirs and is heavily involved in the music and choral scene in the Hawkes Bay. He is active within the New Zealand Choral Federation, is Trinity College of London rep for the region and a singing teacher in his spare time.

 

 

Piano Accompanist

 Alison C. Holden

Alison HAlison is based in Christchurch and works professionally as a concert pianist, accompanist and teacher. She received her Masters degree and the Certificate of Post Graduate Studies in solo piano performance from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in the United Kingdom; a First Class Honours degree and Diploma in Arts from Victoria University; a Bachelor of Music degree majoring in Musicology from Canterbury University, and also the F.T.C.L. diploma in solo piano performance.

Alison has performed in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia, and throughout New Zealand. She has performed with various orchestras, has recorded for Concert FM, given solo recitals throughout NZ, as well as appearing as accompanist with many different instrumental soloists and singers.

Over the last few years, Alison has worked with the NZ Opera company, and also the formerly known Southern Opera company, as a repetiteur and accompanist for opera rehearsals and in concert. She has also been an accompanist with the National Youth Choir, University of Canterbury, Burnside High School, St. Andrews College and other schools around Christchurch.

 

 

 

Current Choir Members

 

Tenor 1

Tenor 2

Roger Curr TIMARU Tony Clemow WHANGAREI
Chris Featonby DUNEDIN Taffy Davies KAIKOURA
Philip Grey TE AWAMUTU Warwyck Dewe WHANGANUI
Anthony Joines NEW PLYMOUTH Jim Fisher AUCKLAND
Cliff Lawrence NEW PLYMOUTH Oliver Lane WHANGANUI
Peter Pritchard NEW PLYMOUTH Tim Leahy OWHANGO
Tony Ross WHANGANUI Ross MacDonald DANNEVIRKE
Neville Sawyer LEVIN Douglas Neilson TARADALE
Alby Winiata MORRINSVILLE Rob Ord NELSON
Norm Phillips NELSON
Robert Smith WAIMATE
 

 

Bass 1

Bass 2

Don Battley AUCKLAND Wesley Bell NEW PLYMOUTH
John Botting MAPUA Colin Bright NEW PLYMOUTH
Ken Brown MATAMATA Dennis Brown WHANGANUI
Roger Brown INVERCARGILL Keith Carey – Smith HAWKES BAY
Martin Cockitt NEW PLYMOUTH Mark von Dadelszen HAVELOCK NORTH
Norm Collie WAINUIOMATA Ian Doel ASHBURTON
Laurence Ennor CHRISTCHURCH Gordon Keelty WHANGANUI
Ian Gabites NEW PLYMOUTH John Kember CHRISTCHURCH
Dick Mitchell WHANGANUI Steve Lee MASTERTON
Jim Montgomery WHANGANUI Brian Patchett ELLESMERE
Maurie Smith TARADALE Ray Seymour NAPIER
Gerard Willemsen WHANGANUI

 

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