News and Concerts

This is the official website of the New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir.

Wanganui and Hawera concert success

posted 2 Feb 2016, 16:18 by Anna Bowron

Our concerts in Hawera and Wanganui were fantastic - and the positive feedback through three concert reviews has been wonderful to read:

"From the outset the presentation was immaculate and professional, to the highest standard. After all, these were our young people at their best". Marion Davidson, River City Press

"This choir was brilliant. I am finding it almost impossible to do them I try to recapture the magic of the evening. The singing of the 58 members of this youth choir was impeccable. Their repertoire was stunning, the arrangements challenging but gloriously and triumphantly performed." Joan Street, Wanganui Midweek

"The whole night was crafted brilliantly, not only in terms of the variety of the pieces of music from solemn, to funny, to curiously entrancing – but in terms of showcasing the great expertise of the singers." Karen Pratt, Taranaki Star

NZSSC in Wanganui and Hawera, January 2016

posted 21 Oct 2015, 15:27 by Anna Bowron   [ updated 2 Feb 2016, 15:21 ]

Our next performances are at Hawera High School Hall on January 22 and at Prince Edward Auditorium, Wanganui Collegiate on January 23. We will be based at Wanganui Collegiate for a 5 day course and hope to meet as many of the locals as possible! 

Concert bookings can be made of this form:

NZSSC contribute to an amazing performance of the War Requiem, October 2015

posted 21 Oct 2015, 15:08 by Anna Bowron   [ updated 21 Oct 2015, 16:41 ]

Well done to our members for their incredible hard work to be part of the massed choirs with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra performing Benjamin Britten's War Requiem in early October. The concert review was outstanding, and we congratulate Andrew Withington, our Music Director, for his amazing work with the 4 choirs involved. This was a very special experience for our members.

Benjamin Northey, Chief Conductor of the CSO, said of the performance: "Andrew Withington has done a remarkable job preparing them (the combined choirs) for this performance and they were spectacular. Personally this performance was an undoubted highlight of my life in music, one which I will never forget."

NZSSC in Christchurch September-October 2015

posted 30 Jul 2015, 16:09 by Anna Bowron   [ updated 2 Feb 2016, 15:21 ]

The NZSSC will gather in Christchurch for rehearsals and concerts, September 28 to October 4. We are most excited to be performing Benjamin Britten's War Requiem with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and massed choirs, including Christchurch City Choir.  

War Requiem: Saturday October 3, 7.30pm
Air Force Museum of NZ, Wigram
On the evening of the 14th November 1940 the 14th century St Michael’s Cathedral in the centre of Coventry was almost completely destroyed by Luftwaffe bombing. A little over 22 years later Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem was premiered to mark the re-consecration of a new cathedral built adjacent to the ruins of the original.

The War Requiem reflects Britten’s deeply held pacifist and humanitarian beliefs, weaving nine poems of the World War I poet, Wilfred Owen, amongst the setting of the traditional Latin Missa pro Defunctis. The resulting composition is a work of profound emotional and moral depth that has become regarded as one of the great choral works of the 20th century.

Tickets can be purchased through the CSO website:

NZSSC Lunchtime Concert: Friday October 2, 1.00pm

St Mary's Pro Cathedral, 373 Manchester St, Christchurch Central

We will be performing a selection of our own repertoire in a one hour concert. 

Tickets can be pre-booked and paid for using the following form, or purchased at the door from 12.30pm.

NZSSC at Auckland City Library: Friday July 10, 12.30pm

posted 5 Jul 2015, 18:43 by Anna Bowron

In addition to our Hamilton concert, the choir will be at Auckland City Library, Lorne Street, Auckland, to present a wee taster of our concert repertoire. 12.30pm (half hour concert), open to public, free entry.

NZSSC Hamilton concert Saturday July 11, 3.00pm

posted 24 May 2015, 16:18 by Anna Bowron   [ updated 2 Feb 2016, 15:22 ]

The first concert of the 2015-2016 NZSSC will be at Waikato Cathedral Church of St Peter, Victoria Street, Hamilton. With three current choir members at Hamilton schools, this is the perfect year for NZSSC to perform in Hamilton and we are greatly looking forward to it!

This will be a one hour concert with ticket prices $15 Adults, $10 Seniors and NZCF members, $5 students (school or university, ID required).

Online bookings can be made here: 

The first gathering of the 2015-2016 NZSSC

posted 21 Apr 2015, 19:04 by Anna Bowron   [ updated 23 Apr 2015, 18:19 ]

The 60 new members of the NZSSC gathered in Wellington in April for their first rehearsal week as a choir. This was a hugely successful week of learning music and getting to know each other both as a choir and socially. We were honored to welcome Their Excellencies, The Governor General, Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae and Lady Janine Mateparae to our rehearsals on Friday, and also were delighted to see 100 people at our Open Rehearsal on Sunday afternoon. The week ended with the announcement of our Choir Leaders. Congratulations to Anna Dong of Auckland and Matariki Pakaua-Inwood of Dunedin,named 2015-2016 Choir Leaders. See our Choir Members List for all members.


Audition Applications will remain open until mid-February

posted 22 Jan 2015, 15:10 by Anna Bowron   [ updated 22 Jan 2015, 16:13 ]

Audition for the NZSSC!

Thanks to our Accompanist Brent Stewart for this great little video about choir membership - enjoy!

Audition for the NZSSC 2015-16

posted 27 Aug 2014, 15:17 by Anna Bowron   [ updated 23 Apr 2015, 18:19 ]

We have fondly farewelled the 2013-14 choir at a wonderful final concert at the Big Sing Finale in Auckland. We wish these 58 young singers all the best in their futures, which will no doubt include strong contributions to New Zealand's amazing choral community.
Online applications are now open for the 2015-16 choir. We welcome all singers who will be secondary students in 2015. See our Joining the Choir section for full details or Contact us with any further questions about auditions or membership.

NZSSC on Radio NZ

posted 5 Aug 2014, 14:26 by Anna Bowron   [ updated 5 Aug 2014, 14:38 ]

Radio NZ has shown great support for NZSSC over the years, usually featuring our concerts within their Young New Zealanders programmes.
Here is the link to their website with NZSSC recordings and interviews.

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