About the Kapiti Chorale
Practices are held on Monday evenings from 7:30pm at St Paul's Church Hall, on the corner of Langdale Ave and Kapiti Road, Paraparaumu.
Why not come along and see if singing in the Kapiti Chorale is for you? We welcome new singers, and you can attend up to four practices without obligation as a "guest singer". You may then be invited to become a full member.
More information for (prospective) members is here.
OUR NEXT CONCERT
We will be warming up winter by taking on the challenge of one of choral repertoire’s major works – Mendelssohn’s "Elijah". The choir will be performing the whole work, including choruses that are often left out, such as "But the Lord, from the north hath raised one" and "He that shall endure".
The oratorio was first performed in 1846 for the Birmingham Festival and was an immediate success. The appeal of the music and the dramatic events it portrays from the life of the prophet Elijah, has made it a favourite with audiences and choirs ever since. Based on text derived from the Lutheran Bible, it brings to life scenes as varied as the resurrection of a dead youth, the bringing of rain to end a drought, and an arm wrestle of faith between Elijah and the prophets of the god Baal. Jezebel also features as the fierce Queen of Israel who challenged Elijah’s steadfast belief in Jehovah’s power.
The Chorale is delighted to welcome back bass Simon Christie, singing with them in the role of Elijah. He will be joined by tenor Jamie Young as Obadiah, soprano Linda van Milligan as the Widow, mezzo-soprano Ellen Barrett as Jezebel, treble Archie Taylor as the Youth, and soprano Shirley Gullery and alto Germana Nicklin as angels. They will be joined by basses Derek Miller and Martin Haua to perform the quartets that interweave between the choruses and arias.
Both Jamie Young, a graduate of the New Zealand Opera School, and Archie Taylor, a treble with the Wellington Cathedral choir, have sung their parts recently with the Orpheus Choir in Wellington.
The choir will be accompanied by organist Jonathan Berkahn, the current Music Director for the Festival Singers in Wellington.
The Kapiti Chorale hard at work - rehearsing Elijah!
Our Last Concert May 2015 - We’ll Never Forget Our Boys – Music of the Great War
Tubular Bells 'The Chistmas Truce'
Organist Martin Setchel
Otaki November 2014 - Anniversary Celebration Joint Concert The Kapiti Chorale & Kapiti Chamber Choir celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Kapiti Concert Orchestra. Tony Fuell's pictures showing concert preparation and then the full house - 1040 seats!