About Us

The Choir

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 Elise Bradley the organisation will produce 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. And in 2019 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.

Elise Bradley, MNZM – Musical Director (from 2022)

The 2021-2022 season marks Elise Bradley’s fifteenth year as Artistic Director of the Toronto Children’s  Chorus. A passionate musician, award-winning conductor, and internationally respected adjudicator and  clinician, Elise served for many years as the Head of Department Music at Westlake Girls’ High School  in Auckland, New Zealand, where she founded the internationally award-winning Key Cygnetures choir in  1992, and where she also received both regional and national awards for Excellence in Teaching. For many  years, she was a soloist and member of the National Chamber Choir, Voices New Zealand, and from 2000 to  2007, she also directed the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir, which won a number of awards  internationally. In 2018, Elise was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM), a  Royal Honour awarded in recognition of her services to Music.

Since arriving in Canada in 2007, Elise has been praised for her artistry and for her deep commitment  to children and the art of treble choral music. The Chorus is internationally recognized for its high standard of  performance and its challenging and eclectic treble repertoire that spans diverse cultures, languages, and  traditions. Its latest CD, Sounzscapes: From Our Lands, featuring composers from New Zealand and  Canada, was named Outstanding Choral Recording by Choral Canada in 2014. She has also led the  Chamber Choir on nine international tours – Austria, the Czech Republic and Germany (2009), Brazil and  Argentina (2011), Sweden (2012), South Africa (2013), Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland (2015),  Boston and New York City (2016), Nassau, Bahamas (2016), and Spain (2017) to represent Canada at the  11th World Symposium on Choral Music, hosted by the International Federation for Choral Music. In the  summer of 2019, the Chamber Choir embarked on a month-long tour to New Zealand and Australia to perform  at the NZ Choral Federation’s ‘Choral Connect’ and the Gondwana World Choral Festival – the choir’s  third visit “Down Under” since its founding in 1978. The choir has also been on four provincial tours during her  tenure: Ottawa (2012), Montreal and Ottawa (2013), Halifax, Truro and Amherst (2014), and St. John’s,  Clarenville and Corner Brook (2018).

Chris Greenslade – Collaborative Pianist

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 contest.

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.