On Sunday 31 March at 2:30pm at the Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton Civic Choir will kick off
their 2019 season with a free concert which promises to be an afternoon of fun for all to
enjoy. Titled “Antipodes”, Hamilton Civic Choir will present a choral programme consisting
of a mixture of exciting and vibrant choral music of New Zealand and Australia.
“This year’s summer garden concert is called Antipodes, which as you know refers to
Australia and New Zealand, and the programme I have selected combines timeless,
traditional choral pieces with the sounds of new works by living composers,” said Hamilton
Civic Choir’s music director Timothy Carpenter. “The repertoire is also an opportunity for
the Choir to showcase some of the wonderful music New Zealand and Australia has to offer,
and later this year the choir will tour to Melbourne for a collaborative concert on the 25th of
April with Melbourne’s CHIME Choir to commemorate ANZAC Day.”
Antipodes will feature a thoughtfully woven programme of the Trans-Tasman spirit and
camaraderie and will include an array of New Zealand works such as John Ritchie’s Lord,
when the sense, Richard Oswin’s Gallipoli Settings, Douglas Mew’s NZ Folk Songs and
Ghosts, Fire, Water, and Chris Hartley’s O Magnum Mysterium. The programme will also
feature Australian works such Stephen Leek’s Ngana, and Iain Grandage’s Three Australian
Bush Songs by Iain Grandage.
The Hamilton Civic Choir will also present the New Zealand premiere of the award-winning
composition Other Plans by Australian Lisa Young, bringing to life the breath-taking art
form of South Indian konnakol (vocal percussion) in a bold new way.
So what are you waiting for? Come and celebrate the end of summer at the Hamilton Gardens
for a free Antipodean concert by Waikato’s premiere choir.
What? Hamilton Civic Choir’s Antipodes
When? Sunday 31st March, starting at 2:30pm
Where? Hamilton Gardens, The Piazza
Tickets? Free, and bring a hat and sunscreen.
ABOUT HAMILTON CIVIC CHOIR
Hamilton Civic Choir has delighted national and international audiences with concerts of
great choral music performed at the highest musical standards since 1946. Under the artistic
leadership of Timothy Carpenter, the organisation produces a series of concerts each year in
the wider Waikato area with concert performances also in Auckland. The choir includes an
auditioned chorus of approximately 50 singers and is committed to connecting singers,
audiences and the community through experiences with diverse choral music. Characterised
by a heartfelt belief in the value of Hamilton Civic Choir’s mission and vision, and supported
by devoted singers and audiences, talented artistic staff and dedicated Committee members,
the group’s passion for sharing the thrill of live choral music has remained steadfast
throughout its long, proud history.