News and Concerts

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

NZSSC in Christchurch September-October 2015

posted 30 Jul 2015, 16:09 by Anna Bowron   [ updated 13 Sep 2015, 15:26 ]

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 Concert Booking Form

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 5 Jul 2015, 18:39 ]

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: 

NZSSC Concert Booking Form

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.

NZSSC return from a fantastic music and cultural tour in Asia

posted 29 Jul 2014, 16:43 by Anna Bowron   [ updated 23 Apr 2015, 17:58 ]

Our 13 day tour of Singapore and Malaysia is now very sadly over! With 15 concerts in 14 days, the choir performed before audiences totalling several thousands, with standing ovations at almost every concert. This was quite an achievement considering the choir’s repertoire is mostly far removed from the typical modern style of choral music in Malaysia. Performance highlights included performing for guests at the Residence of the NZ High Commissioner to Singapore; performing
 as Guest Choir at the Orientale Concentus Festival, before choirs and music lovers from several Asian nations; and performing for the Malaysian Minister for Arts and Culture at the National Museum of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. The tour allowed members and staff to experience two wonderful Asian countries through music, culture, food and the welcoming locals we performed with and for.

Just one more performance for the 2013-14 choir before we farewell our current members and make way for the 2015-16 NZSSC! Online applications are now open in the Joining the Choir section.

 NZSSC at the Big Sing Finale: final concert of the 2013-14 choir

 Saturday August 23, 2.15-3.00pm

 Auckland Town Hall, free entry.

NZSSC International Tour 2014 and July concerts

posted 18 May 2014, 20:31 by Anna Bowron   [ updated 23 Apr 2015, 18:15 ]

In July the choir will undertake a tour to Singapore and Malaysia to participate in the Orientale Concentus Festival in Singapore, a festival of youth choirs attracting around 2000 singers in 50 choirs from throughout Asia and beyond. Following the festival we travel up the west coast of Malaysia. During our 14 day tour, we will perform in Singapore, Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Penang in a fantastic range of concerts, workshops, master classes and cultural exchanges with schools and choral groups throughout the region.

Prior to departure we have two public concerts:
7.30pm Sunday July 6: Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margaret's College, Christchurch
7.30pm Monday July 7: St Michael's Church, Remuera, Auckland
Ticket bookings can be made here:    NZSSC July concert bookings

Open Rehearsal
4.30pm - 6.00pm Saturday July 5: Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margaret's College Christchurch
Please join us to view our rehearsal process, led by Andrew Withington and Christchurch composer Richard Oswin, joining us to refine his piece Lux Aeterna with the choir. We especially welcome young singers keen to audition for the 2015-16 NZSSC as an introduction to the experience of choir membership.
All welcome, free entry.

New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir video

posted 11 May 2014, 20:03 by Anna Bowron

We have recently produced a video about the choir, which we welcome you to view and share with all those interested in the choir, including potential future members.Thank you to Sarah Wilcox who initiated this fantastic overview of how the choir operates and the experience we offer our members.

YouTube Video

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