2018 New Zealand Secondary Students Choir conducted by Andrew Withington

As the choir leaves for the Hong Kong Choral Festival this week we hear their most recent Wellington concert including music by Pachelbel, Puanaki whanau and Eric Whitacre.

NZSSC 2018

NZSSC 2018 Photo: 2018 Mark Tantrum

The auditioned choir is made up of 55 students from secondary schools throughout the country and it operates on a two year cycle that finishes with an overseas tour. So the current choir is the 2017/2018 NZSSC and in July they’ll complete their cycle with a tour to Hong Kong and Shanghai.

The experience of being part of NZSSC aims to extend students’ choral excellence, and to develop their leadership capabilities so that in time, they may become key contributors to the New Zealand arts scene.

The artistic team is Dr Andrew Withington artistic director and conductor, and assistant directors Rachel Alexander (also the vocal coach) and Brent Stewart (who is also the piano accompanist).

Producer: David McCaw

Engineer: Darryl Stack

Music Details:

Sydney Guillaume                             Kanaval

Ola Gjeilo                                         Prelude

Pachelbel                                         Magnificat

Mozart                                             Lacrimosa, from Requiem in D minor

David Childs                                     Salve Regina

Jewish Trad arr Ginsberg                  Hine Ma Tov

Hugo Alfvén                                     Stemning

Arr Maria Fürntratt                            Buama, geht’s tanzn

Huddie Ledbetter arr Smiley             Bring Me Little Water

Alwood arr Kirchner                          Unclouded Day

Puanaki Whanau                              Pakipaki

Puanaki Whanau                              Te Mura O Te Ahi

Princess Te Rangi Pai arr Withington Hine e Hine

Eric Whitacre                                    The Seal Lullaby

Eric Whitacre                                    Cloudburst

Ēriks Ešenvalds                                 Spring Rain

Lerner & Loewe arr Beck                   My Fair Lady Medley

Alfred Hill & Ngati Maniopoto arr Brent Stewart      A Te Tarakihi

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