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Christchurch Choral Festival

Christchurch Choral Festival

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  • Sun 24 Nov ’13, 7:00pm – 8:30pm


Horncastle Arena, Jack Hinton Dve, Addington, Christchurch


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Choral singing is alive and well in Christchurch! Although our Town Hall Auditorium is closed, and at risk, and almost all the churches and halls once prized as choir platforms are demolished or unusable, singers keep singing, in unlikely venues such as the CBS Arena, the only place large enough to sustain the choral festivals for which Christchurch once was famous.

So we will have a Christchurch Choral Festival, in the CBS Arena, at 7 pm on Sunday 24 November. It will be a relatively short function (planned to finish about 8.30 pm) and will be completely free to both audience and performers. This is a generous present to the singers of our city from the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch, which has hired the CBS Arena for a morning Mass, presently ticketed to capacity with almost 9000 attending.

Rather than a procession of individual choirs on stage, five groups of similar style have been formed, and each will present a combined bracket of about three songs. The Christchurch Community Choirs include the Canterbury Singers, Risingholme, Aeolian, Liedertafel and others. Youth will be represented by the Catholic Colleges Combined Choirs. The Canterbury Plainsmen and Vocal Network showcase the barbershop style. Choirs which usually present demanding works in concert will include the Christchurch City Choir, Jubilate Singers, Cecilian Singers, CBS Music, Consortia Choir, Pro Arte Chorale, and Christchurch Youth Choir. The evening will begin with a procession and short bracket of church music from an ecumenical choir, drawn from those singers who have emerged from the broken cities of our city, committed to the rebuild of their churches, and the sustenance of their individual faith traditions. These include Christchurch Cathedral, the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Durham Street Methodist, Oxford Terrace Baptist, Knox Presbyterian Church, St Michael and All Angels, St Luke’s, Trinity Pacific Church, and many more.

The concert concludes with everyone (including the audience, who will be supplied with music), singing Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. Bring your vocal chords, and plan to be there!

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