Blow, Gabriel, Blow

“Blow, Gabriel, Blow” from Anything Goes by Cole Porter, performed by Sutton Foster with the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus.


Upcoming performances

The choir has been hard at work for the last month under the direction of Mark Dorrell on a repertoire of show tunes, notably Fiddler on the Roof. We will get a chance to try them out at a couple of performances:



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.