Term 4 begins

The choir’s term 4 rehearsals begin tonight at Central Baptist Church, 7:15 pm. Doubtless there will be several choir members planning to participate in the Festival Singers’ Messiah Singalong on 2 December, so we will spend time on selected choruses from that. Barbie is also interested in trying out excerpts from Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ with a view to presenting the entire work next year. Otherwise we will work on our Christmas and holiday repertoire in preparation for our in-house concert (11 December) and the usual retirement village concerts (TBC).

Can choir members please return their copies of Haydn’s The Seasons, with all markings erased.

This evening’s soloists

Jamie Young

Based in Wellington, Jamie performs regularly as soloist with many regional choirs, choruses and opera companies.  Most recently he has performed in Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Ramirez’ Navidad Nuestra.

He has appeared with Orpheus Choir, Festival Singers, Kapiti Chamber Choir, Kāpiti Chorale, Wellington Choir, Bach Choir, Cantoris, Wellington Chamber Orchestra and Palmerston North Choral Society.  Jamie sang several seasons in the NZ Opera Chorus, and is an alumnus of the NZ Opera School.

When not singing, Jamie looks after his two young daughters and works as a manager in IT.

Barbara Graham

Barbara has been a NZO Resident Artist since 2015, and was a 2007–8 NZO Emerging Artist. She studied with Emily Mair at Victoria University, then at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, France, with Nathalie Spinosi. She is a past winner of the Napier Aria and the Festival de Musique et de Langue Françaises, Paris, France, as well as runner-up in the Symphonies d’Automne, Macon, France. Recent roles include Peep Bo in The Mikado, Christine in Phantom of the Opera, Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier. She is a soloist with the New Zealand Air Force Band, recently touring France and Belgium with the NZDF as a vocalist for the WWI centenaries.

Will King

Will King is a Wellington-based baritone who is currently in his fourth year studying Classical Voice at the NZ School of Music under Margaret Medlyn. His operatic roles include the title role in Monteverdi’s ‘L’orfeo’, Count Almaviva in ‘The Marriage of Figaro’, and Sam in NZ Opera’s premiere of Gareth Farr’s ‘The Bone Feeder,’ among others. He has just been named an Emerging Artist for NZ Opera’s 2019 season. Will was the runner up in the 2018 Becroft North Shore Aria Competition and came third in the 2017 Dunedin Dame Malvina Major Foundation Aria Competition. His concert repertoire includes OrphEus: A Dance Opera, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore and Mass in C Minor and more. Will is also a member of Freemasons NZ Opera Chorus, Voices NZ Chamber Choir and the NZ Youth Choir.

Barbara Paterson

Barbara Paterson is a soprano, conductor and music educator based in Wellington. This is her first season with the Capital Choir, after spending 2017 as Assistant Conductor to the Festival Singers. Barbara has sung as an operatic and concert soloist and chamber musician across NZ, the USA and France. She was an Emerging Artist with NZ Opera from 2007 – 2008. Barbara teaches at Taita College, Rongotai College, St. Oran’s College and St. Mark’s Church School and maintains a private studio. @BarbaraPatersonSoprano

Spring into Summer

spring-into-summerCapital Choir’s Spring into Summer concert will be a musical celebration of seasonal music across the centuries, featuring the first movement,  “Spring”, from Haydn’s The Seasons. It will be held at 7:30 pm on Tuesday 25 September at Central Baptist Church, Boulcott St. The director will be Barbara Paterson, the soloists Barbara Graham (soprano), Jamie Young (tenor) and William King (baritone) and the accompanist Belinda Behle. Admission is $15, with students $10 and children free.

You can download the concert flyer by clicking on the thumbnail image to the right.

Shaky Places rehearsal files

It looks like we’ll be performing several pieces from Shaky Places at the Spring concert on 25 September, possibly numbers 4 (Pohutukawa Magic), 5 (Stitch Bird), 6 (Wild Daisies) and 12 (For the First Time). Those who are (like me) a bit rusty on the notes may want to look at the Shaky Places rehearsal files page. The most useful resource on this page is here:

Individual songs enhanced for different parts (MP3)

This is a link to a folder in the Capital Choir Google Drive area. The audio tracks here were produced by Felicia Edgecombe in MIDI format from the score. I then went through them enhancing each of the parts in turn. Recently I have rendered the MIDI files into MP3 format, which means they are easier to play and generally sound better.