Term 1 begins!

Happy New Year to you all.

Capital Choir rehearsals will resume on Tuesday 13th February at Central Baptist Church, Boulcott Street. The committee has decided we will revert to the usual starting time of 7.15 pm, so please be there as soon as possible after 7 pm so that we can start the warm up promptly. Hopefully that will give you time for a bit of a catch up chat!

We will send out an information sheet and provisional programme before rehearsals start (copies will also be available on the 13th for those without access to a printer).  At that time we hope to be able to announce some great news about an interim Musical Director.

We are looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the 13th.

Kind regards,

Susan and Tom.


Light of Lights

Light of lights flyer (small)

From Susan Hamilton…

Capital Choir’s Christmas concert, Light of Lights, will be held at 7:30 pm on Tuesday 5 December at Central Baptist Church, Boulcott St. It will feature the Sun Festival Carols by Jenny McLeod, a well-known NZ composer.

If you click on the image to the right you can download a copy of the flyer in PDF format.

I hope that many of you will be able to join us. There will be audience participation in some of the music and a Christmas supper afterwards.

Kind regards,




Sun Festival Carols

The next substantial work we are preparing for performance is Jenny McLeod‘s collection of Sun Festival Carols. These were written for a Sun Festival (does anyone remember this?) in Wellington in 1983. The carols are:

  1. Vulcan
  2. Ochre
  3. Azure
  4. Henna
  5. Gentian
  6. Indigo I
  7. Jade
  8. Indigo II

From this description of the Sun Festival, it appears that there were originally 7 songs, with Indigos I and II possibly later separated.

Capital Choir learned Indigo II many years back (it starts “Light of lights beholden”). The rest are new to most of us.

The choir is working from a copy of all 8 songs from SOUNZ. However on sites like YouTube the songs are best found under their individual titles. Here to whet your appetites is a performance of Vulcan by Euphony, Kristin School in the Big Sing 2011 final:




Puccini Mass: the concert announcement

puccini-concert-2017-v2Capital Choir and Wainuiomata Choir, under the direction of Sue Robinson, will perform Puccini’s Messa (often called Messa di Gloria) and Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine at a pair of concerts later this month. The concerts will be at 7:30 pm on Saturday 26 August at the Little Theatre, Queens Drive, Lower Hutt, and at 3:00 pm Sunday 27 August, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hill Street, Wellington. (I’m pretty sure that each choir will perform a piece of its own, too, but don’t quote me on that.) It’s going to be good!

Tickets are $25, concession $20, with a koha suggested for children 16 years and under.

Mid-year break

Yesterday evening’s rehearsal was the last of term 2. The first regular rehearsal in term 3 is on  Tuesday 25 July. In  the meantime, we can look forward to the sectional rehearsals for the Puccini Mass with Wainuiomata Choir on Saturday 15 July at Central Baptist Church. The programme is:

  • 10:30 to 12:00: Men only
  • 12:00 to 13:00: Lunch (bring your own or buy it at one of many shops in the area).
  • 13:00 to 15:00: Men and women

Parking across the road in Wilson Parking is available at their normal weekend rate: $6 for 12 hours (pay & display). There is also parking available in Gilmer Terrace at the top of Boulcott Street—both Wilson & Tournament parks at a day rate of $3 or $4. Note that parking on the surrounding street is free on the weekend but there will probably be few vacant spaces and it is limited to 2 hours.

Wainuiomata Choir will continue to rehearse on Thursdays (7:15 pm at 106 Main Rd, Wainuiomata). Capital Choir members are welcome to join in.

The other pieces we are rehearsing at the moment are Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine and (this is a secret) World from Shaky Places. Here’s a link to rehearsal files for Cantique:


Rehearsal files for World are available on the Shaky Places page:



Puccini Mass: the concerts

In August Capital Choir will join with the Wainuiomata Choir to perform Puccini’s Mass in not one, but two, concerts in one glorious weekend:

More information  will follow.

For choristers from both choirs there will be combined rehearsals in the preceding week on the evening for each choir:

  • Tuesday 22 August, Sacred Heart Cathedral, time to be confirmed, but probably the usual time of 7.15pm
  • Thursday 24 August, Little Theatre, time to be confirmed, but probably the usual time of 7.15pm

In the meantime, members of each choir are welcome to join the other’s rehearsals, or so I understand. These are at:

  • Tuesday evening, 7:15 pm, Capital Choir at Central Baptist Church, 46 Boulcott St, Wellington 6011
  • Thursday evening, 7:15 pm, Wainuiomata Choir at Union Church Hall, 106 Main Rd, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt 5014.

Capital Choir has joined with other choirs in the past and in my opinion it’s invariably been a very enjoyable experience.