Choir of Newman College Concert Series


In this exciting Trans-Tasman Collaboration, one of Australia's leading chamber choirs combines forces with the celebrated New Zealand early music ensemble, The Affetto Players, to perform Monteverdi's sumptuous 1610 Vespers.  Imagine yourself in St Mark's, Venice, as you listen to the angelic voice of Netherlands Radio Choir soloist, Helen Thomson, the virtuosity of Australia's twin tenors, Daniel and Matthew Thomson, and a colourful array of sounds from an ensemble of brass, strings, organ and ten-part choir.

Concert Details:

Tuesday, April 7, 7:30pm   St Peter Cathedral, 51 Victoria Street, Hamilton
Wednesday, April 8, 7.30pm   St Matthew-in-the-City, 187 Federal Street, Auckland
Friday, April 10, 7:30pm   St Paul's Cathedral, The Octagon, Dunedin
Saturday, April 11, 12:30pm   St Patrick's Basilica, 68 Reed Street, Oamaru
Sunday, April 12, 2:00pm   St Mary's Pro-Cathedral, 373 Manchester Street, Christchurch

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The Choir’s Concert Series comprises three concerts per year held in the magnificent acoustics of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit and the College Dining Hall.  Highlights of past concert series have included Christmas at Versailles, a dinner-concert in collaboration with Maggie Beer, a reconstruction of J.S. Bach’s lost St Mark Passion, three productions of Medieval plays, a performance of Tallis’s forty-voice Spem in alium, and a number of projects in combination with exponents of Early Music and World Music.

Concert No. 1
THE GREAT WAR IN SONG, Sunday, May 17, 3:00pm in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Newman College
In the centenary year of the battle of Gallipoli, the Great War in Song is a tribute to all those embroiled in the First World War, whether as soldiers or at home. The concert covers the gamut of compositions written in the first twenty years of the 20th century, from the broadside ballad to anthems of state by Elgar and Parry. It concludes with Mass for the Fallen, a 2015 work written to remember those who died in the Great War by the Australian composer, Christopher Wilcock.

Concert No. 2
THE VOICE OF DAVID, Sunday, August 30, 3:00pm in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Newman College
David - king, poet and harpist - is the heroic figure around which this concert is based. The program gives voice to the Psalm writer and the events of his life, including his encounter with Goliath, the love-hate relationship with his son, Absalom, his adultery and his kingship. The Voice of David includes choral music from across the ages, from the earliest chant to American spirituals and from English motets to contemporary choral music.

Concert No. 3
HOMAGE TO RAMEAU, Sunday, November 29, 7.30pm in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Newman College
Renowned for his brilliant orchestration and colourful writing, Jean-Philippe Rameau was the master of French style in the mid-eighteenth century. In honour of Rameau, we present a Concert Spirituel as it may have occurred in the splendour of Paris's Tuileries Palace in 1750. The Choir of Newman College is joined in the Newman Baroque Orchestra, a period orchestra assembled for this series from Australia's finest original instrument performers.

Tickets:   Concerts 1 & 2:  $35, $25 (conc.), $20 (students);  Concert 3: $40, $30 (conc.), $20 (students)  
Phone:  (03) 9347 5577





Upcoming Concert Series:

Past Concert Series:

Monteverdi - 1610 Vespers
Baroque style performance by the Choir of Newman College, joined by the Early Music band, La Compania.
Sunday - 1 December 2013 - 3:00 PM
Newman College Dining Hall
Rejoice in the Lamb
The program includes a series of works dedicated to the Lamb of God by English and American composers.
Sunday - 15 September 2013 - 3:00 PM
The Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Newman College
Resurrexit is the first of a three concert series.
Sunday - 21 April 2013 - 3:00 PM
The Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Newman College
Advent and Christmas repertoire
Friday - 30 November 2012 - 8:00 PM
The Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Newman College
The Voice of the Bard
The Voice of the Bard
Sunday - 9 September 2012 - 3:00 PM
The Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Newman College
The Art of Praise
The Advent Festival, in conjunction with the State Library of Victoria and The University of Melbourne, will host a forum and display on the Medieval Choir Book, convened by Margaret Manion.
Sunday - 4 December 2011 - 1:45 PM
The Newman College Oratory
Marriage to the Sea
On Ascension Day each year the Doge of Venice and his entourage would ride in a solemn procession of vessels to the entrance of Venice’s lagoon to perform the Sposalizio del Mare (Marriage to the Sea) ceremony.
Friday - 2 December 2011 - 8:00 PM
Newman College Dining Hall
Requiem Aeternam
A performance of Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem in its original chamber proportions.
Sunday - 11 September 2011 - 3:00 PM
The Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Newman College
Song of Songs
The sensuous poetry of Solomon’s Song of Songs has inspired composers throughout the ages to write some of their most passionate music.
Sunday - 22 May 2011 - 3:00 PM
The Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Newman College