On Saturday 22 April, The Graduate Choir NZ joined the choir of Holy Trinity Cathedral for a Great War Commemorative Concert in the Cathedral.
The first half of the recital showcased not only the two choirs in solo items that featured (from The Graduate Choir NZ) David Hamilton’s In Flanders Fields and choir member Chris Artley’s Dawn, but also combined items with music by Guest, Ireland and Fauré. The second half of the concert was devoted to a new work in seven movements by New Zealander Janet Jennings – ANZACS – A Generation lost in Legend, receiving its NZ première. Conductor Terence Maskell directed the combined choirs and a team of top instrumentalists – the Auckland Brass Quintet, violinist Joe Harrop, organist Michael Stoddart and percussionist Eric Renick, together with a wonderful line-up of young singers – Anna Mahon (soprano), Manase Latu (tenor) and Jonathan Eyers (baritone). This effective composition, based on fragments of poetry written at the time that Jennings herself sourced, left scarcely a dry eye in the Cathedral – such was the emotional impact the dramatic music had on its listeners.
You can read what NZ Herald reviewer William Dart had to say here: REVIEW ending his report with a wonderful encomium for the choir:
“The ultimate triumph was a choral one, as conductor Maskell led his singers through forceful unisons and trembling dissonance to sturdy and stirring hymns.”