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01. FOUR HANDS, 30 VOICES

Like many chamber choirs, we tend to sing a cappella (without instruments) ... just because we can. In this concert, though, we explore an area of choral literature that, while not so well-known, contains a wealth of musical gems. Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer (lovesong waltzes) are famous, but we’ve also plucked from the library accompanied part-songs by Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, Rossini, Fauré and Britten that are simply stunning, along with more recent, and equally beautiful, examples of the genre from North America. Two top NZ pianists provide the four hands; we supply the voices.

Sunday 23 March, 5pm | Concert Chamber | Auckland Town Hall

02. PERSUASION

“If my complaints could passions move…” sang John Dowland at the turn of the 17th century, but musicians of every era have striven to perfect their powers of persuasion. So we thought it might be fun to examine – in a whole range of madrigals, part-songs, folksongs, spirituals and contemporary works – just how composers cajole, flatter and woo the listener; how they reason, remonstrate and plead with the audience, persuading us with their passion. A traditional Viva Voce theme concert, with plenty of variety, theatre and not a little humour.

Sunday 3 August, 5pm | Concert Chamber | Auckland Town Hall

03. A JOYFUL NOISE

The biblical Psalms are a collection of 150 hymnpoems, attributed to King David but probably written over a span of five centuries. They convey powerful, rhetorical messages of praise, thanksgiving and lamentation, always underpinned with a sense of the music – of voice, harp and other instruments – that would have accompanied them. Their recurring call is to make a joyful noise unto God. It’s not surprising then that some of the very greatest choral writers use these poems as inspiration, and alongside Bernstein’s exhilarating Chichester Psalms we sing superb psalm settings by such masters as Bach, Palestrina, Gibbons, Purcell, Lassus, Bruckner, Brahms and Stanford.

Sunday 5 October, 5pm | St Michael’s Church | Beatrice Rd, Remuera

04. VV ROCKS

Not quite as immodest as it sounds, this is the third in a rather long-running popular-concert trilogy, following ‘VV Pops’ (1995) and ‘VV Unplugged’ (2003). It’s been a while, but the previous instalments were a bit of a hit, with large audiences turning out for Viva Voce’s unique take on a whole range of lighter favourites from the fields of jazz, swing, country, rock and pop. So in December we’ll be applying the formula to a new series of chart-toppers – in sparkling a cappella arrangements and with an instrumental combo for variety. A seasonal treat, with a touch of ‘Glee’… but more VV.

Sunday 7 December, 5pm | Concert Chamber | Auckland Town Hall


 

HOW TO SUBSCRIBE


This year, for the first time ever …

• we’re offering you FOUR full Viva Voce theme concerts
• you can subscribe for your choice of one, two, three or (our recommended option!) all four
• each concert is at a successively lower per-ticket cost

It works out like this:

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Pay your age!

This year, all concert-goers up to the age of 30 may
‘pay their age’; in other words, if you are 19, the price
of a single ticket is $19.

Note that tickets for primary and secondary school
students are always $10, regardless of age.

Viva Voce: Not your usual choir

VIVA VOCE is a 30-voice chamber choir that has established a reputation for injecting vitality and fresh ideas into the New Zealand choral scene. Since its inception in 1985, the choir has given over 350 performances and premièred many new compositions.

Specialising in the innovative programming and attractive presentation of a huge variety of music, Viva Voce strives equally for excellence and entertainment. Its members are trained singers and several have won success in this country’s top vocal competitions.


 
Click here for more about the choir's history


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John Rosser, the choir’s Musical Director, founded Viva Voce in 1985. He regularly guest conducts several other choirs and orchestras and is associate conductor and chorus Master for The NBR New Zealand opera. Much in demand through australasia for workshops, adjudication and large choral events, he is immediate past chair of the New Zealand Choral Federation and Artistic Director of Sing Aotearoa.

He regularly guest conducts several other choirs and orchestras and is associate conductor and chorus Master for The NBR New Zealand opera. Much in demand through australasia for workshops, adjudication and large choral events, hHe regularly guest conducts several other choirs and orchestras and is associate conductor and chorus Master for The NBR New Zealand opera. Much in demand through australasia for workshops, adjudication and large choral evente is immediate past chair of the New Zealand Choral Federation and Artistic Director of Sing Aotearoa.

 

 

Viva Voce should be considered one of Auckland’s finest choirs.

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Hire us!

We would love to come and sing at your wedding or your special event.

Viva Voce has sung at many weddings - from simple ceremonies to those of high profile celebrities. We also do corporate events and conferences - so if you need something a little different to give your event a bit of zing please get in touch.

Weddings

Viva Voce has a wide ranging repertoire to suit many wedding styles and settings. We sing both traditional church music and a range of a cappella madrigals and part songs.

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Carols

Viva Voce has a wide ranging repertoire to suit many wedding styles and settings. We sing both traditional church music and a range of a cappella madrigals and part songs.

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Support Us

Silver List, Silver Trust, Sponsorship

The Silver Trust - Click here to find out more!
Throughout our 27 years, we’ve been reluctant fundraisers. For the first decade or so we didn’t even apply for grants, thinking it should be possible to live off concert income. Thus we’ve never before solicited donations or had a fee-paying friends’ group. However, while our audiences have grown massively, discerning concertgoers now expect attractive publicity, comfortable central venues and of course professional-quality music – understandable, but expensive. And income from ticket sales alone falls well short.

During our 25th anniversary year (2010) we decided we'd quite like to survive for another 25 years – at least! More than that, we want to thrive, so we can afford to mount innovative cappella and orchestral concerts, pay for the best venues and soloists, and keep what we do fresh, alive and sustainable. To do that, we need a secure financial base.

Therefore in May 2010 we launched a one-time drive to raise a capital sum that will help fund the choir over the next two-and-a-half decades, and beyond. Money raised so far has been vested in a trust – newly established and with charitable status – called, appropriately, the VV Silver Trust, whose sole purpose is to assist the choir each year in funding its busy programme.

As of January 2012, 86 people were on the Silver List. We are extremely grateful for their generosity and have told them so. Moreover we are still accepting contributions and would ask that, if you’ve enjoyed our work over the years and want to enjoy more of it, or if you’re just keen to encourage lively and accessible concert-giving, you might consider making a one-off donation to the Trust.

Contributions of any amount are warmly welcomed, and acknowledged by letter and with receipt. The Trust has charitable status and donations are therefore eligible for a tax credit of 33 cents in the dollar. You can phone us on 0800 VIVA VOCE (8482 8623) or email us on info@vivavoce.org.nz.

The Silver List will be updated regularly here on the website and published in its latest form in the first programme of Viva Voce’s 2012 Subscription Series.

As we say, we haven’t asked before, and the next time might be during our golden anniversary year!

The Silver List - click to collapse.

We are extremely grateful to the following for their generous support of, and contributions to, the Silver Trust.  

Silver Dollar

$9,130 and above

  • Margaret Heaney
 

Solid Silver

$5,000 and above

  • Trevor & Jan Farmer
  • 1 anonymous
 

Sterling Silver

$2,500 and above

  • Penelope Watson
  • Deirdre Parr & Simon Carryer
  • Morag McDowell & Jeremy Skipworth
  • John Rosser & Jude Froude
  • Cathryn Wyllie
  • Melanie Bourke
  • Margot Griffiths
  • Alex & Robbie Urquhart
 

Silver Service

$1,500 and above

  • Jock Hosking & family
  • Jocelyn & Ashley Taylor
  • Allan & Bernardine Vester

 

Silver Band

$1,000 and above

  • Sandra Turner
  • Ron Paterson
  • Fran & Mike Hill
  • Estate of Greg Hall

  • S R Tietjens
  • Dame Jenny Gibbs
  • Pamela & Murray Guy
  • Chanelle & Dean Farmer
  • Beverley McConnell
  • The Share Group
  • Paul & Anne Marie McGlashan (Classic Sound)
  • Carole McIntosh
  • Margaret Cullen
  • Thérèse Kelly
  • Arie Hoeflak

 

Silver Lining

$750 and above

  • Suzanne Bourke (Sailing Away School of Sailing)
  • Gill & John Harman
  • Pat & Heather Moore
  • Stephen Park & Ross Bernay
  • 1 anonymous

 

Silver Square

$625 and above

  • 2 anonymous
 

Silver Cord

$500 and above

  • Maureen Callander
  • Elsie McDowell
  • Ivan & Anne Blythe
  • Joyce K Dey
  • Margaret Robertson
  • Paul Rosser & Heather Worley
  • Mervyn & Dorothy Rosser
  • Amanda Vernon
  • 1 anonymous

Silver Thread

$250 and above

  • Rosemary & John Saunders
  • Barry & Margaret Graham
  • Pamela & John Bell
  • Rob Cox
  • Katie Coppolino
  • Chris Stark & Vickie Bowers
  • Margery Charlton
  • Dorothy Hopkins
  • Tui Parr
  • Kathryn Osborne
  • Donald Trott
  • Paul & Anne Handley
  • Siobhán Mattison
  • 3 anonymous

 

Other Donors

  • Barbara Connell
  • Judith Shelley
  • S J Menzies
  • Norm & Maughan Davison
  • Maisey Moncrieff
  • Anita Banbury
  • Alison Dakin
  • Roseanne Webb
  • Stephen Bowness
  • Jo Wordley
  • Felicity Mayne
  • Helen Jackson
  • Hilary van Lent
  • Paul Hogg
  • Hamish Nuttall
  • Amelia Giles
  • Alyson Keller
  • Shona McIntyre-Bull
  • Rachel Young
  • 7 anonymous
Want to sponsor us? Click here!
Our sponsors make an immensely valuable contribution towards the substantial running costs of the choir.

For a set sponsorship of $540 incl GST we send you two full price tickets to each of the four concerts in this 2014 series and include your logo, or company name, or other agreed form of acknowledgement, in each of our concert programmes for the year and on our website. Naturally, you also receive all other subscription benefits.

If you would like to sponsor the choir for 2014 please contact us. We will then get in touch to discuss what form the acknowledgement should take.

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Don't be shy. If you have a question about booking the choir for a wedding or an event, want to buy concert tickets directly with us, or chat about joining the choir then please do contact us.

Phone: 0800 VIVA VOCE
Address: Viva Voce Inc, PO Box 10-016 Dominion Rd,
Auckland, New Zealand 1446