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Past Performances

Eric Sidoti - Music Director


The Passion and Life Eternal

St. Paul’s Church, Paraparaumu                                                    3 pm, Sunday 12 May

Stroope         The Lamentations of Jeremiah

Dubois          The Seven Last Words of Christ

Martin           Even the Heavens are Weeping

Fauré            Requiem in D minor, Op. 48

Soloists         Janey MacKenzie, Jamie Young, Orene Tiai

Organ/Piano   Jonathan Berkahn



St. Paul’s Church, Paraparaumu.                                                   7.30pm, Friday 23 November 

Ngā Purapura, Ōtaki.                                                                      2.30pm, Sunday 25 November 

Soloists                Nicole Davey (soprano), Ellen Barrett (contralto), Jamie Young (tenor), Roger Wilson (bass)

Harpsichord          Douglas Mews

Orchestra Leader   Jay Hancox

A Banquet of French Music

St. Paul’s Church, Paraparaumu                                                                   2.30 pm, Sunday 19 August

Gounod           Requiem in C (conducted by Ann-Marie Stapp), Messe Brève No. 7 Aux chapelles, Sérénade (soprano solo), O Divine Redeemer

Saint-Saëns      Ave Maria in F major (choir),  Ave Maria in A major (soprano/alto soloists duet)

Fauré                Berceuse (violin solo), Cantique de Jean Racine

d’Indy               La Querelle d’Amour (soprano/tenor soloists with choir)

Boëllman           Toccata from Suite Gothique, Op. 25 (organ solo)

Soloists             Olivia Sheat (soprano), Alexandra Woodhouse Appleby (alto), Jamie Young (tenor), Joe Haddow (bass)

Assistant MD      Ann-Marie Stapp

Organ                Nigel Williams

Violin                 Martin Riseley

The Prodigal Son

St. Paul’s Church, Paraparaumu                                                                     2.30 pm, Saturday 12 May

The Prodigal Son – Sir Arthur Sullivan

Elgar (Ave Verum, The Wind at Dawn), Stainer (Sevenfold amen, Magnificat/Nunc dimittis in B), Stanford (Quick! we have but a second, Jubilate Deo), Parry (Crossing the bar, Jerusalem), Goss (God so loved the world).

Soloists     Alexandra Woodhouse Appleby (soprano), Linden Loader (alto), Jamie Young (tenor), William McElwee (bass)

Assistant MD     Ann-Marie Stapp

Organ               Heather Easton


With Trumpet and Voice - a Celebration of Christmas

Kapiti Chorale and Kapiti Brass Band

St. Paul’s Church, Paraparaumu.   7.30 pm, Friday 24 and 3pm, Sunday 26 November

Music Directors:    Eric Sidoti (Chorale), David Wells (Brass), Ann-Marie Stapp (Chorale Assistant MD)

Organ    Heather Easton

Liszt and Schubert en masse

St. Paul’s Church, Paraparaumu.     2.30 pm, Saturday 19 August

Schubert - Mass No. 2 in G Major

Liszt - Hungarian Coronation Mass

Soloists    Olivia Sheat (soprano), Ellen Barrett (mezzo-soprano), John Beaglehole (tenor), Joseph Haddow (bass)

Organ    Douglas Mews

German Titans

Ōtaki Memorial Hall.   2.30 pm, Sunday 21 May


Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, KV 273 (Mozart)

Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart).  Conducted by Assistant Music Director, Ann-Marie Stapp.

Veni Sancte Spiritus K 47 (Mozart)

Mass no. 1 in D minor (Bruckner)

Solo pieces

Mir ist so wunderbar (from Fidelio)  (Beethoven)   

Tremare, empi, tremate, op.116 (Beethoven)

Ach, ich fül's (aria from the Magic Flute)  (Mozart)      

Soloists        Nicole Davey (soprano), Ellen Barrett (contralto), Jamie Young (tenor), Simon Christie (bass)

Orchestra     Leader - Jay Hancox.


A Choral Christmas

St. Paul’s Church, Paraparaumu     2.30pm, 3 December


Sleigh Bells, O Holy Night, A Merry Christmas, Noël (with soprano and mezzo-soprano), A Pohutukawa Carol, Look Toward Christmas, Carol our Christmas, Brother Heinrich’s Christmas (with a cast of narrators), Carol of the Bells, In the Bleak Midwinter (with Elisabeth Harris and Joseph Haddow), He Came Here for Me, Christmas Day: Choral Fantasy on Old Carols (with Imogen Thirlwall, Elisabeth Harris and Joseph Haddow), I Wonder as I Wander (with Imogen Thirlwall and Joseph Haddow), He Shall be Called, Ding Dong Merrily on High.

Solos            The Virgin’s Slumber Song, Sankta Lucia, Weihnachtsarie

Assistant Music Director     
Ann-Marie Stapp

Soloists         Imogen Thirlwall (soprano), Elisabeth Harris (mezzo-soprano), Joseph Haddow (baritone)

Organ, Wes Brown.  Piano, Ellen Barrett.  Oboe, Rodney Ford.  Bassoon, Joanne Toon

St Cecilia Mass and other works by Gounod

St. Paul’s Church, Paraparaumu     2.30pm, 13 August

Chorale     National Hymn of the Vatican (Chorale), Ave Verum, Pater Nostra, Send out Thy Light, O Divine Redeemer, Messe solonnelle en L'honneur de Sainte-Cécile

Solos        Tota Pulchra Es, Ave Maria, Funeral March of a Marionette, Da Pacem, O Ma Lyre Immortelle

Soloists     Janey MacKenzie (soprano), Ellen Barrett (contralto), John Beaglehole (tenor), Derek Miller (bass)

Organ       Elizabeth Salmon

Hiawatha – an epic oratorio by Robert Hanson

Paraparaumu College     3pm, 1 May

Jamie Young, Imogen Thirlwall, Roger Wilson, Ellen Barrett, Derek Miller, William McElwee, Elisabeth Harris, Brenda Vale, John Strode-Penny

Children's Choir     Directed by Bridget O'Shanassy

Orchestral ensemble


Mozart comes to town

Nga Purapura, Otaki     2.30pm, 29 November

Kapiti Chorale and Kapiti Chamber Choir

NZ premiere of Mozart's Requiem completed and edited by Duncan Druce.

Other Mozart gems
Benedictus sit Deus, KV 117 (Chorale), Ave Verum Corpus, KV 618 (combined choirs), Veni Sancte Spiritus, KV 47 (combined choirs), Inter nato mulierum, KV 72 (Chamber Choir), Regina Coeli in C major, KV 276 (Chamber Choir)

Soloists         Imogen Thirlwall (soprano), Ruth Reid (contralto), Jamie Young (tenor), Simon Christie (bass)

Organ           Jennifer Scarlet

Orchestral ensemble

Elijah, Mendelssohn

St. Paul’s Church, Paraparaumu     2.30pm, 22 August

Simon Christie (Elijah), Jamie Young, Ellen Barrett, Archie Taylor, Germana Nicklin, Linda van Milligan, Shirley Gullery, Martin Haua, Derek Miller, Stuart Grant

Organ           Jonathan Berkahn

World War One – Music of the Great War

St. Paul’s Church, Paraparaumu     2.30pm, 16 May

World War One Medley arranged by Eric Sidoti
Over there, There's a long, long trail, I didn't raise my boy to be a soldier, Keep the home fires burning, It's a long way to Tipperary, Pack up your troubles.

The Christmas Truce –Judith Bingham

World War One composers
I vow to Thee, my country, Gaudeamus, God save the King

New Zealand and Australia
New Zealand's sons, fall in, We'll never forget our boys, Advance Australia Fair, Good old New Zealand, Pokarekare Ana, God defend New Zealand.

Soloists         Olivia Sheat (soprano), Howard Chamberlain (bass)

Organ           Martin Setchell

Piano            Ellen Barrett

Orchestral ensemble


Kapiti Concert Orchestra, 10th Anniversary Celebration

Nga Purapura, Otaki     2.30pm, 23 November

Special Guest                      Michael Houstoun
Piano Concerto No. 1 by Grieg

Kapiti Concert Orchestra       Overture from The Hebrides (Fingals Cave), Mendelssohn

Combined Choirs
Fantasia on Christmas Carols with baritone soloist (Vaughan Williams), And the Glory of the Lord (Handel), Lamentations of Jeremiah (Stroope)
Angels' Carol (Rutter),  I saw three ships (arr. Rutter), Hallelujah Chorus (Handel), O come all ye faithful with audience

Kapiti Chorale                     I wonder as I wander (arr. Rutter) with Shirley Gullery

Kapiti Chamber Choir          Deck the Hall (arr. Rutter), Glory to God in the highest (Thompson)

Soprano solo                      Exsultate Jubilate (Mozart)

Conductors                         Kenneth Young and Eric Sidoti

Orchestra Leader                 Jay Hancox

Soloists                              Daniela-Rosa Cepeda (soprano) and Christian Thurston (baritone)

Knights and Dragons

St. Paul’s Church, Paraparaumu     2.30pm, 23 August

The Black Knight, (Elgar), The Reluctant Dragon, (Rutter), Double Trouble (Williams), We will rock you (May), Saint George, the Patron of our Isle with soprano (Purcell)

Fie on Goodness with male chorus (Lerner and Loewe), Camelot (Lerner and Loewe), Agony and Agony Reprise (Sondheim), Fairest Isle (Purcell)
The Simple Joys of Maidenhood (Lerner and Loewe)

Soloists         Katherine McIndoe (soprano), William McElwee (tenor), Justin Pearce (baritone)

Organ           Douglas Mews

Piano            Ellen Barrett

Narrators      Norma McCallum and Prue Hyman

The Crucifixion, Stainer and other English romantic works

St. James' Anglican Church, Lower Hutt     3.00pm, 12 April

St. Paul’s Church, Paraparaumu     3.30pm, 4 May

Kapiti Chorale, Wainuiomata Choir and St John's in the City Choir

Combined Choirs       
The Crucifixion (Stainer), I am Alpha and Omega (Stainer), I was glad when they said unto me (Parry), Sevenfold Amen (Stainer)

Kapiti Chorale           
I will mention the loving kindness (Sullivan), God so loved the world (Goss)

Wainuiomata Choir
Say, watchman, what of the night? (Sullivan), If we believe that Jesus died (Goss)

Soloists                    Peter Dyne (tenor), Simon Christie (bass), Linda van Milligan (soprano)

Organ                      Richard Apperley

String Quartet           Eleanor Carter (leader), Alison Eldredge, Katherine Rowe, Belinda Veitch

The Crucifixion, Stainer, Good Friday Service

St John's in the City, Wellington     18 April

Kapiti Chorale, Wainuiomata Choir and St John's in the City Choir

Soloists               Peter Dyne (tenor), Simon Christie (bass)

Organ                  David Trott

String Quartet      Eleanor Carter (leader), Alison Eldredge, Katherine Rowe, Belinda Veitch

Stuart Douglas - Guest Music Director



St. Paul’s Church, Paraparaumu     7.00pm, 30 November and 3.30pm, 1 December

Soloists                Pepe Becker (soprano), Ellen Barrett (contralto), James Adams (tenor), Simon Christie (bass)

Organ                  Douglas Mews

Orchestra Leader   Jay Hancox

Marie Brown - Music Director

Hit & Myth - Choruses and Arias from Opera
18 August

Ellen Barrett and Rafaella Garlick-Grice pianos, Elisabeth Harris soprano, Christian Thurston baritone, Salina Fisher violin, Peter Averi guest organist.

A 30th Anniversary Tribute
12 May

Featuring organist, Peter Averi
Janey MacKenzie soprano, Ellen Barrett mezzo-soprano, Oliver Sewell tenor, Jamie Henare bass

2 December

Featuring 100 Years of Broadway
Ellen Barrett piano, Barbara Graham soprano, Fredi Jones baritone

Karl Jenkins' Stabat Mater
19 August

Peter Averi organ, Ellen Barrett mezzo-soprano, Thomas Atkins tenor
and an Orchestral Ensemble

A Celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II
6 May      

Peter Averi organ, Andrew Weir trumpet and bagpipes, Amelia Ryman soprano, Jonathan Abernethy tenor


27 November

Peter Averi organ, Andrew Weir trumpet, soloists from NZ School of Music: Bridget Costello, Imogen Thirlwall, Emily Simcox.

Kapiti Chorale and Kapiti Concert Orchestra Joint Concert
20 August

Kenneth Young, Conductor. Marie Brown, Music Director 

Homage to Haydn
7 May

Peter Averi organ, Janey MacKenzie soprano, John Beaglehole tenor, Roger Wilson bass


Handel's Messiah
28 November

Love, Honour, Betrayal
15 August 

Te Deum and Dvorak Mass in D
9 May


Celebration of Christmas
6 December

Haydn's The Creation
16 August

With orchestra

1809 - a year of note
10 May


Silver Jubilee Gala Concert
30 November

A selection of favourites from the last choir's 25 years 

The Face of Peace
17 August

Mozart Coronation Mass, Excerpts from Cherubini Requiem
11 May


Handel's  Messiah
9 December  Held at El Rancho, Waikanae

Community Choir with the Kapiti Concert Orchestra. 

Joyful, Joyful
2 September

Rutter Requiem
27 May 27

With instrumental ensemble


The Austrian Connection
26 November

From Age to Age Endure
6 August

War, Peace, and Glory
29 and 30 April

Featuring Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man
with the Kapiti Chamber Choir and instrumental ensemble


Afternoon at the Proms
20 November

A French Connection
31 July

Mendelssohn's Elijah
17 April.  Held at El Rancho, Waikanae

Conductor Peter Godfrey
Kapiti Community Choir 
with Kapiti Concert Orchestra.

Stuart Douglas - Guest Music Director


Choral Contrasts
14 November

Sounds Glorious
25 July

Featuring Vivaldi's Gloria

Peter Godfrey - Music Director


Hiawatha's Wedding
2 May

featuring Coleridge-Taylor's Hiawatha's Wedding Feast


Christmas in New Zealand
3 December

20th birthday concert, with orchestra

A joint concert with the Kapiti Chamber Choir
22 June.  Held at St Patrick's Catholic Church, Paraparaumu

Haydn's St Nicholas Mass, Parry's Blest Pair of Sirens
Faure Requiem - Kapiti Chamber Choir

Verdi's Requiem
27 April.  Held at El Rancho, Waikanae

Community Choir with singers from the Napier Civic Choir 
with Organ, piano, trumpets, timpani and percussion


A Royal Occasion
12 and 17 November

A celebration of the Golden Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II

Haydn's The Creation
May 21 and 26


Carols at the Manakau Hotel
22 December

25 November

Music for Christmas
with the Choristers of Wellington Cathedral conducted by Andrew Cantrill

Mostly Mozart
31 July and 5 August

Stainer's Crucifixion and Handel's Messiah, part II
8 April.  Held at Southwards Theatre, Paraparaumu

With the Kapiti Chamber Choir

Stainer's Crucifixion
11 April

Lunchtime at St. Andrews on The Terrace, Wellington with the Kapiti Chamber Choir


Mendelssohn's St Paul
21 and 26 November

The Sprig of Thyme
20 August

featuring Stanford's Songs of the Fleet and folksongs set by Rutter

This Joyful Eastertide
7 May

featuring Wood's This Joyful Eastertide


Handel's Messiah
28 November.  Held at El Rancho, Waikanae

Community Choir with orchestra 

Celebration of Spring - directed by Peter Averi
12 September

featuring Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial by Jury and songs of spring including Haydn's Come Gentle Spring
Songs of Spring repeated in Botanical Gardens, Wellington

St. John Passion
28 and 30 March

with the Kapiti Chamber Choir


Mozart Coronation Mass and Opera Excerpts
14 November

15 November: Mozart's Coronation Mass in the Wellington Cathedral

Brahms' Requiem
10 May

with the Kapiti Chamber Choir


16 November.  Held at El Rancho, Waikanae

24 and 29 June

Gloria - Rutter and Vivaldi 

Handel's' Messiah
23 March.  Held at El Rancho, Waikanae

Community Choir



All the World Sings Christmas 
7 December

Christmas movements from Messiah
Carols From Around the World: Pohutukawa Carol, I Wonder as  I Wander, Mary had a Baby, Shepherds run to Bethlehem, Hark to the Angels, He Smiles from His Cradle, King Jesus had a Garden, A Maiden Most Gentle, Sussex Carol. 

Mainly Opera
19 and 20 October.  Held at the Lower Hutt Town Hall and El Rancho, Waikanae

With the Wainuiomata Choir and Kapiti Children's Choir

Anvil Chorus, Spinning Chorus, Habanera, March of the Toreadors, Bridal Chorus, Chorus of the Wedding Guests, Easter Hymn, Down by the Sally Gardens, Asikateli, Brindisi, The Hunstmen, Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves

Music for a Royal Occasion
26 May

with the Kapiti Chamber Choir
I was Glad (Parry), My Heart is Indicting (Handel), Te Deum Laudamus (Bartholdy), The King Shall Rejoice (Handel), Zadok the Priest (Handel)

Stainer's Crucifixion and Messiah part II
31 March and 2 April

With the Wainuiomata Choir and Kapiti Children's Choir
Held at the Lower Hutt Town Hall and El Rancho
Anvil Chorus, Spinning Chorus, Habanera, March of the Toreadors, Bridal Chorus, Chorus of the Wedding Guests, Easter Hymn, Down by the Sally Gardens, Asikateli, Brindisi, The Hunstmen, Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves


Christmas is Coming
19 November

In aid of Mary Potter Hospice
Christmas is coming and the geese are getting fat; Behold the Great Creator; Barcarolle; Dido's Lament and Farewell; Final Chorus Magic Flute; Vaughan Williams Fantasia; And the Glory and O thou that tellest (Messiah); Lo! He comes with clouds descending

From Earth to Heaven
13 August

Let all the world; God so Loved the World; Von Himmel hoch da kommich her; And I saw a New Heaven; Blue Bird; Bushes and Briars; For the Beauty of the Earth; Turn Back O man (Holst); I want to go to Heave and Goin' to Heaven anyhow; A Sound Came from Heaven; My soul there is a country; How lovely are thy dwellings (Brahms); The heavens are telling (Haydn)

St. Matthew Passion
9 April.  Held at El Rancho, Waikanae

Community Choir with orchestra


Roundabout Christmas
4 and 8 December.  Held at El Rancho, Waikanae and Otaki College

Narrated by Philip Liner with the Kapiti Chamber Choir and the Kapiti Brass Band
Congregational carols; Lo, how a rose ere blooming; A maiden most gentle; What child is this?; Child of Joy and Peace; Lullaby (Lesser); The Oxen; Sussex Carol; Twelve Days of Christmas

Around the World in 80 Minutes
30 October

With Philip Liner.
Hoki hoki; Pokarekare; Flies in the Buttermilk; Early one morning; Eriskay Love Lilt; Down by the Sally Gardens; In Stille Nacht; The Handsome Butcher; Pusci me; Apple Apple; The Old Woman; Simi Jadech; Waltzing Matilda; Hine e hine

Acis and Galatea
24 April.  Held at El Rancho, Waikanae

with orchestra

Lois McNeill - Music Director and Founder


Celebrating Christmas 
28 November and 5 December
Carols and Britten's St. Nicolas
Conducted by Lois McNeill, Peter Godfrey and Sue Robinson
With the Upper Hutt Choral Society, the Kapiti Chamber Choir and the Wellington Music Centre Children's Choir

An Afternoon of Popular Opera
15 August

Finale Magic Flute; So your Life of Pleasure is over (Mozart); Spring Chorus Bartered Bride; Aida selections; Barcarolle Tales of Hoffman; One hand, one Heart (West Side Story); Do you hear the people sing (Les Miserables); Anvil Chorus

Alleluia! The Joy of Eastertide
24 and 25 April

Let the song be begun (Piae Cantiones); Regina Coeli (O'Gorman); Tristis ist anima mea; Victory (Alstatian Carol); Easter song of Little Russia; Easter song (Herring); O Morn of Beauty (Finlandia); The Holy Women before the Apostles (Gounod); Excerpts from Mozart's 12th Mass. 


Handel's Messiah 
6 and 9 December.  Held at El Rancho, Waikanae and Otaki College

Conducted by Peter Godfrey 
Community Choir and Kapiti Orchestra.

Offerings from Opera

Waltz from Faust; Peasants Chorus L'Arleseinne; Finale Magic Flute; Polovtsian Dances; Our life is free (Carmen); Clara Clara from Porgy and Bess; La Vergine Degli Angeli  (Force of Destiny); Chorus of Hebrew Slaves (Nabucco).


Philip Liner's Roundabout
1 December

The angel Gabriel from Heaven Came; Shepherds shake off your drowsy sleep; Polish Lullaby; El Rorro; The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy; O Holy Night; Carol of the Bells; March of the Kings; O Come All ye Faithful; Antipodean Carol

A Taste of Opera
9 June

Lohengrin Wedding March; Spring Chorus (Smetena); Cavalleria Rusticana Easter Hymn and Opening Chorus; Anvil Chorus; Carmen Habanera; Bell Chorus; Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves


Christmas Music
25 November

Fantasia by Vaughan Williams and Messiah extracts


Handel's Messiah 
19 November

Fantasia by Vaughan Williams and Messiah extracts


A Concert of Orchestral and Choral Music
27 November

With the Upper Hutt Choral Society, Wainuiomata Choir and the Wellington Regional Orchestra.
Vaughan Williams "Hodie" conducted by Peter Godfrey

Music for Easter
27 March

Handel, Dvorak, Faure, Gounod


Variety Concert
16 August

We love the place wherein thine honour dwells; The Bluebird; Like to Damask Rose


A Concert of Sacred and Seasonal Music
30 November

Locus Iste (Bruckner); What is that Fragrance?; Blessed Son of God (Vaughan Williams); Dawn of Promise; Nuns' Chorus; Casanova (Strauss); The Holy City (Adam); Go Tell it on the Mountain; Away in a Manger; Silent Night

Easter Concert
23 March

Blessings on the King; Trotting; An Upper Room; This Blessing Cup; God so Loved the World; Crew the Cock; Stabat Mater (Rossini); Cujus Animam (Pergolesi); O Quam Tristis (Pergolesi); Easter Hymn (Masagni)


Festival Concert for Amnesty International
3 November

There's no business like show business; Joy to the World; World Temple Prayer; the Holy Child; Nostalgia songs; March of the Kings; O Holy Night; Silent Night


Spring Concert
14 October

St. Anthony Chorale; Bahama Lullaby; I got a Robe; Gilbert & Sullivan selections; Spring Folk song; David of the White Rock; If I fell in love with you; Kalinka

Winter Concert
24 June

Sabbath Prayer (Bock); Hello Dolly; Happy, O Happy He (Mozart); Jesu joy of Man's desiring; Songs from West Side Story; Hungarian Folk songs (Seibel); Si je Tombais; Tulips and Heather; Jamaica Farewell


First Concert 
19 October

Lois McNeill - Music Director and Founder
The Waikanae Chorale - 20 members
at Our Lady of Fatima's Church Hall, Parata Streeet, Waikanae
Concert ticket: $3

Ascot Gavotte; Tonight (Bernstein); Pata Pan; Coverntry Carol; Three Great Kings; Down by the Sally Gardens; English Country Garden; Best of all Possible Worlds; The Snow (Elgar); Done made my Vow to the Lord; Bahama Lullaby; Sing we and Chant it; David and the White Rock; Hi ho nobody home