THE BOSS

THE BOSS

No, not a reference to the recent Springsteen visit, but inspired by other contemporary events … of a more global nature. Here we look at the vexed topic of absolute and unbridled power – those who wield it and those (all the rest of us) who are affected by it. In music by the likes of Wilbye, Purcell, Vaughan Williams, Orbán, Pearsall, Rutter and Hamilton, and featuring Eric Whitacre’s spine-tingling Her sacred spirit soars, we pay due or reluctant homage to kings, queens, despots, dictators and demagogues. It’s going to be an amazing concert. The best concert. Truly. A perfect 10. We’re going to make a cappella great again!

Sunday 9 April, 5.30pm
Concert Chamber Auckland Town Hall

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PATH OF MIRACLES (REPRISED)

PATH OF MIRACLES (REPRISED)

We gave this astounding work what we think was its Southern Hemisphere première just last year, but many have told us they already want to go on the pilgrimage again. It’s Joby Talbot’s spellbinding, hour-long depiction in music of the famous Camino ‘walk’, that takes us from Roncesvalles in the Pyrenees to the legendary resting place of St James – Santiago de Compostela near the Spanish coast. Path of Miracles has been described as “a musical miracle” and even as the finest choral work of the 21st century thus far. A chance to experience it once more, or for the first time, in another lovely and appropriate venue.

Friday 2 June, 7.30pm
St Benedict’s Church, Newton
(cnr St Benedicts & Alex Evans Sts)

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MUSICAL BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

MUSICAL BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

In fact, you’ll find them right here! We take the raw sounds of the world’s musical zoo (a cacophony of cackles, squawks, grunts and howls), filter them through such noted animal interpreters as Josquin, Weelkes, Janequin, Tchaikovsky, Hindemith, Barber, Tavener and of course the Beatles, and wrangle them into a concert of concordant delight. Ola Gjeilo’s Unicornis captivatur – a playful modern take on a mad mediaeval manuscript – is a highlight. A beastly concert, but also quite heavenly.

Sunday 3 September, 5.30pm
Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall

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FAMILY MATTERS

FAMILY MATTERS

Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, spouses, rellies, that distant uncle no-one talks about – these are the stars of our final 2017 concert. Of course, it’s the relationships between them that interest us, be they happy and fulfilling or complicated and fraught. We’ll illuminate these through motets, madrigals, part-songs, folksong, spirituals, jazz and pop numbers, and in Carissimi’s beautiful early oratorio Jephte – for soloists, chorus and chamber organ – with its final, very moving lament. But don’t worry; we’ll send you away primed for the familial joys of Christmas! Somehow.

Sunday 19 November, 5.30pm
Concert Chamber Auckland Town Hall

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