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Going for Baroque

Going for Baroque

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  • Sat 6 May ’17, 5:00pm – 7:00pm


St Peter's Cathedral, 51 Victoria St, Hamilton


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $30.00
  • Senior: $25.00

When is a choir not a 'choir' as you might imagine it? When it's full of such talent that the soloists are able to be drawn from the regular singers. Hamilton Civic Choir is not claiming to be the King's Singers, however, the concert on May 6th entitled "Going for Baroque" is the first of conductor Timothy Carpenter's showcases where he has selected choir members to perform the solos.

Or if you want, to put it another way - what do a quantity surveyor, a doctor, two teachers and a marketing manager all have in common? They all sing with Hamilton Civic Choir and are the exciting soloists, handpicked for their outstanding talent.

Koli Jayatunge is a quantity surveyor by day and a singer by night! Having completed his Masters in Performance Music in 2016 he is beginning his career as a soloist, having performed recently with Tauranga Civic Choir and been selected for a place with the prestigious Julliard 415 Bach Cantata Residency, a Chamber Music NZ special event held over Queen's Birthday weekend. Koli will be singing the tenor solo in the Bach Mass in G minor.

Laura Downey is a doctor who is about to start her specialist career in respiratory health. Laura originally enrolled at Otago University to study performance voice but at the 11th hour changed to medicine! With a rich alto voice she will sing the solos in both the Mass in G minor and the Vivaldi Gloria. Alongside Laura will be Hannah Bryant, recently moved to Hamilton and teaching voice students at St Peter's Cambridge and St Paul's Collegiate, Hamilton.

Hannah graduated from Auckland University with a performance voice degree and is enjoying the chance to put her skills and learning into a new generation of singers. Hannah will sing one of the two soprano solo parts in the Gloria along with Emma Carpenter, who works her marketing magic for Lodge Real Estate.

Emma is probably more familiar to Waikato audiences for her roles in music theatre, most recently as Janet in Hamilton Operatic's "The Rocky Horror Show". Crossing back to a classical genre is no challenge to Emma, who has loved returning to the Waikato from her performance degree at Victoria University.

The bass soloist will be Ian Campbell - a well-known performer and teacher, Assistant Director of the New Zealand Opera School and who's students have included the Pati brothers of Solo Mio fame, Filipe Manu and James Ioelu.

Chairperson Sally Rosenberg says "We are lucky to have the talent of these soloists in our choir, the recruitment drive over the past twelve months with Timothy at the baton has changed the timbre of our performance and we're now moving to a new era of choral performance for the Waikato."

What else is in the concert though? Timothy says "I chose pieces that reflect the Baroque style and a modern interpretation of a traditional text. The Baroque pieces were all composed in a 25 year period - Bach's Mass in G minor in 1738 in Germany, Handel's Zadok the Priest in 1727 for the coronation of King George II in England and Vivaldi's Gloria in 1715 in Italy.

I've contrasted this with Whitacre's Lux Aurumque from 2009 to show the contrast of styles across countries of origin and time". The performance of the Bach will be the first time it has been performed as a whole in New Zealand - a premiere!

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