News and Concerts

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The NZSSC returns to Canada: come and hear us before we depart!

posted 22 May 2016, 19:35 by Anna Bowron   [ updated 22 May 2016, 19:58 ]

In July, the 2015-2016 NZSSC is returning to the International Choral Kathaumixw in British Columbia, but this visit will be a bit different. On past tours, 2004 and 2010, the choir competed in Youth, Folk and Mixed Voice Choir categories and won several awards including the 2010 People's Choice Award. This year the choir has been invited as Guest Choir. What an honour. We can't wait to return to this amazing festival in an incredibly beautiful part of the world!

Says Festival Director Paul Cummings, "We are still talking about your riveting performances here in 2010. I know that you do great work, and you’re a wonderful ambassador for New Zealand in the international choral stage. NZSSC is known to give an entertaining, moving and a varied program which is a great combination in my opinion. The NZSSC would provide such an interesting and inspiring mix…especially in shared concerts." 

We will perform with choirs from all over the world, including Artists in Residence Novel Voz from Cuba and competing choirs from USA, Canada, Australia, Austria, China, South Africa, Hong Kong and Hungary.

Before we leave....come and hear the choir's farewell performance in Auckland:
Friday July 1, 7.30pm
Somervell Presbyterian Church
497 Remuera Rd, Remuera, Auckland

Book tickets here: NZSSC Concert July 1

We will launch our CD recorded in Wellington, April 22, at the concert - CDs will be available for purchase.

NZSSC Boosted crowdfunding campaign a huge success

posted 22 May 2016, 19:10 by Anna Bowron

Thanks to so many wonderful supporters, we reached our crowdfunding target with a week to spare, and went on to raise over $11,000 towards our 30th Anniversary Student Support Fund. This fund will ensure that no one is excluded from NZSSC membership due to their financial background.

We are especially thankful for the contribution by long-term NZSSC supporter, Dame Adrienne Stewart. Dame Adrienne matched each donation, dollar for dollar, until $5000 had been donated.  


posted 23 Apr 2016, 21:40 by Anna Bowron   [ updated 17 May 2016, 22:27 ]

Our 30th Anniversary has encouraged us to look towards our bright future!

So….we are very excited to have launched our first ever Boosted crowdfunding campaign, the NZSSC 30th Anniversary Student Support Fund.

Travel, accommodation, international touring, concerts, tutoring and uniforms all add up to membership fees that can put families under pressure, or even prohibit students from auditioning. Donations to our Boosted campaign will directly support current and future students, ensuring no one misses the incredible experience of the NZSSC on the grounds of financial background.

Please donate now to this fantastic campaign and help ensure the choir is accessible to all young New Zealand singers.

Donate through Boosted now!

Boosted Updates:

Meet Alumni Tecwyn Evans

Meet Alumni Chris Bruerton

Meet Alumni Amelia Berry

30 Years....1000 Voices!

posted 17 Feb 2016, 16:34 by Anna Bowron   [ updated 15 Mar 2016, 16:56 ]

This year the New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir is celebrating 
30 years of learning, laughing, singing and touring: 1986-2016.

We invite all those 1000 voices to celebrate with us in Wellington over ANZAC weekend, April 21-25.
Join us to reconnect with old friends (staff, students and musicians), sing with us at our concerts, hear the wonderful 2015-2016 choir perform, party with us to celebrate the amazing experiences we have all had as part of the NZSSC family!

In conjunction with the anniversary, and the choir’s commitment to attracting and nurturing New Zealand's best young voices, not just the most privileged, we are launching a fundraising campaign through Boosted to ensure ongoing financial assistance to those members who need it. 

To be a part of this weekend, or to donate to our Anniversary Boosted campaign, follow this link to our online invitation and registration form:   30 years....1000 Voices! Registration form

All events are open to the public except the Saturday night party (for alumni and past staff only). 

General public tickets for the Friday night concert can be booked here: NZSSC concert booking form

Reunion Programme

Thursday April 21, 6.00pm: Performance at Parliament by invitation of Hon Hekia Parata, Minister of Education (very limited tickets available)
Friday, April 22, 7.30pm:Concert performance by NZSSC 2015-2016, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hill St, Thorndon. The massed Alumni choir will sing Andrew Withington’s arrangement of Hine E Hine
Saturday, April 23, 7pm until late: Party at Cable Room, Mac's Brew Bar, 4 Taranaki Street, Wellington. 
Sunday, April 24, 10am: NZSSC 2015-2016 will sing at the St Paul’s Cathedral church service with half hour concert following the service. Free, all welcome 
Monday, April 25, 11am: NZSSC 2015-2016 will sing at the National ANZAC Day Service of Commemoration, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. Free, all welcome 
Monday, April 25, 5.10pm:    NZSSC 2015-2016 will sing at the special ANZAC Beating of the Retreat, Pukeahu National     War Memorial Park. Free, all welcome 

Wanganui and Hawera concert success

posted 2 Feb 2016, 16:18 by Anna Bowron   [ updated 17 Feb 2016, 11:36 ]

Our January 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

Congratulations to the team - staff and students - on such great feedback.

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: 

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