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Hear our Voices Tour - West

Hear our Voices Tour - West

On Sunday 15 October The Graduate Choir NZ presented the fourth in its series of recitals to all compass points of the city – “Hear Our Voices Tour” (of Auckland) at St Michael’s Anglican Church, Henderson in the West. In 2016 there were recitals in the South (Vodafone Events Centre), to the North (St Peter’s Anglican Church, Takapuna) and in the East (All Saints Anglican Church, Howick). With the exception of the performance in the South, which was a fairly lavish affair with guest artists, these recitals have deliberately been informal concerts followed by a sumptuous afternoon tea that provided concert-goers with the chance to chat with singers. A feature of the concert in Henderson was again the opportunity for audience members to select a favourite piece from the extensive repertoire list that was provided in the printed programme. This meant that after a couple of pieces that we had selected to begin the concert there was a fairly random selection of pieces – all introduced and explained in a spoken commentary by Director Terence Maskell. There was no difficulty at all eliciting responses with more requests being made than we could reasonably perform. As well, a very willing and fearless young man (chosen at random from the audience) moved to the front to conduct the women in some Mendelssohn; I am sure the experience will stay with him for some time! The concert ended with one or two pieces of our own selection, and a large crowd stayed on for afternoon tea – prefaced by a sung Grace. Along with a sizeable audience of our supporters, it was our pleasure to welcome to this recital a special guest – Dr Jonathan Griffith, Principal Conductor of the Distinguished Concerts Project in New York – who happened to be in New Zealand for a couple of weeks; Dr Griffith was most impressed with the choir – and even requested a piece himself! Our warm gratitude is offered to the Parish of St Michael’s for their kind hospitality.