About Us

Hamilton Civic Choir has delighted national and international audiences with concerts of great choral music performed at the highest musical standards since 1946.

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. And indeed, this Choir enjoys a reputation as one of New Zealand’s finest.

Our mission is: “To continue to be Hamilton’s premiere classical choir, regularly presenting the world’s greatest choral music, at the highest possible standard, to the people of the Waikato and beyond for the mutual enjoyment and enrichment of choir and audience.”

We are committed to connecting singers, audiences, and the community through experiences with diverse choral music. And, 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.

Being a fully auditioned choir with approximately 50 singers, we are able to perform works outside the scope of many community-based choirs. In addition to the large choral works of the great composers, usually performed with organ or orchestral accompaniment and the best national and international soloists, the choir’s repertoire includes chamber music and other shorter and more modern works.

Hamilton Civic Choir has been chosen several times to sing major choral works with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. We also sang in Carnegie Hall in 2018, as part of DCINY’s Dreamweaver concert. This year we look forward to a tour in Melbourne, which will finish with a collaborative concert with Melbourne’s CHIME Choir to commemorate ANZAC Day.

If you are interested in helping us along our journey, please see our sponsorship options.

Timothy Carpenter – Musical Director

Music Director

Timothy has studied conducting with Dr Karen Grylls, Prof Uwe Grodd, Rupert D’Cruze, Christopher Seaman, Tecwyn Evans and has recently gained his Masters of Music in conducting with first class honours from the University of Auckland. He holds a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music in Cello with Distinction, a Bachelor of Music from the University of Waikato and an Honours degree in performance organ from the University of Auckland. He has been a member of the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra, the New Zealand Youth Choir and is currently a member of Voices New Zealand.

Timothy has attended conducting master classes overseas and worked with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Western Australian Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. In the past he has conducted the Auckland Youth Orchestra, OPUS Chamber Orchestra, the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra and directed the orchestras at St Kentigern Collegiate. Currently, Timothy is Director of Music at St Paul’s Collegiate School in Hamilton, is Musical Director of Hamilton Civic Choir, the conductor of Youth Orchestra Waikato and works as Musical Director for Hamilton Operatic Society. He also works as a freelance accompanist, vocal coach, organist and is guest conductor with the Manukau Symphony Orchestra, St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra, the Devonport Chamber Orchestra, Bach Musica NZ and Opera Otago.

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Chris Greenslade was a student of Bruce Greenfield and went on to complete his honours
degree in performance with Richard Mapp at the Wellington Conservatorium of Music where he was a prize winner in various competitions. His post graduate studies were at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Mark Ray. He was the recipient of the RNCM Julius Scholarship and studied chamber music with Dr Christopher Rowland as well as accompanying and appearing in recital.
He appears regularly in New Zealand as soloist and accompanist and is also the official pianist
for the St Pauls Collegiate Girl’s Choir and Mixed Choir accompanying them in both in New
Zealand and Australia.
Chris is passionate about music education and has a busy studio of students who have had
regular success in both local and national competitions including the North Shore concerto
competition, the Wallace National Jr Piano Competition and the CMNZ secondary schools
chamber music contest. As well as adjudicating for IRMTNZ he is an NZMEB examiner and has
been regional coach and regional adjudicator for the CMNZ secondary schools chamber music
He has also worked for a number of years with Conductive Education Waikato providing music
appreciation classes for children with special needs.


Hamilton Civic Choir is pleased to have Dean Williams as patron.