If singing with a mixed GLBTIQ group appeals, come along to a
rehearsal! You don't have to read music - some of our members do and
some don't. We rehearse weekly on Thursday evenings from 6.30 — 8.30
pm at St Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington.
We are currently in our second semester working on material for our end
of year “Homegrown Aotearoa” concerts in November 2017 and February 2018. If
you would like to try us out, or would like to know more about the
choir, please email using the form below. Rehearsals start again in February 2018.
If you decide to stay on and become a member, subscriptions are
currently $150 (waged) $70 (unwaged) per half-year. Member
subscriptions contribute to the cost of music, concert venue costs and
paying our Musical director and accompanist.
If you would like to "try us out", and/or know more about the choir, please email on the form below
From conducting the Sandwell Sinfonia from 1995 to the Music Director of the Wolverhampton Symphony Orchestra in 2000, to the Wyre Forest Symphony Orchestra in 2001 and the Wrexham Symphony just prior to moving to New Zealand, Rachel has constantly been expanding her resume and experience (as well as becoming a finalist in the NFMS Young Conductor competition in Cardiff in 2001 along the way).
Rachel moved to New Zealand to work for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as their Artistic Planning manager for 6 years. Venturing into the world of choral conducting in 2005, Rachel was appointed Music Director of Cantoris, which she led until 2010. She is a regular guest conductor for Wellington Chamber Orchestra, and in 2008 became the founding Music Director of Schola Sinfonica, a children’s string orchestra aimed at teaching young musicians the joy of orchestral membership. In 2010 Rachel launched the string orchestra Bow, which is dedicated to bringing joy to Wellington string players.
Our accompanist - Tasman Richards (Tas)
After moving to New Zealand from England in 2001, Tasman Richards has spent most of his childhood in Marlborough. He began learning piano at age 8 and alongside his ABRSM study, he also started learning jazz and improvisations techniques with jazz pianist Tony Thiel. In both 2014 and 2015 Tas was awarded ‘Most Outstanding Keyboard Player’ at the Southern Jam jazz competition and passed his grade 8 ABRSM exam with distinction in 2015. He currently studies classical piano performance at the New Zealand School of Music under the tutelage of Jian Liu. Tas has enjoyed giving public performances of both jazz and classical music throughout Marlborough and more recently in Wellington.
The general committee organises concerts, workshops, events and
membership and are responsible for appointing musical directors and
accompanists. The committee also ensure that the choir is well run and
financially well managed. Meetings are minuted and available to members
Chairperson - Steven Sue
Treasurer – Phillip Orth
Secretary – Steph Loughnane
Other members: Pat McIntosh, Rachel Jackson, Nilanka Fonseka
The Music Committee
Chooses the songs we sing, organising buying all the music and arranging sound files for the choir.
Current members are Musical Director Rachel Hyde, Assistant Musical Director Alan Wendt, Stephanie Greig, Pat McIntosh, Imogen Wybourne, and Trish Horrobin.