Since its formation in 1991 with the merger of two long-standing choirs, the Christchurch City Choir has performed works from both the established repertoire, as well as lesser known and contemporary works.
The choir of 100 singers regularly performs with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and has also joined forces with Woolston Brass, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, local kapa haka groups and Christchurch schools. Highlights of the choir's performances have been the unforgettable Missa Gaia, Mozart's Requiem, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and the Rachmaninoff Vespers.
In 2009 the choir presented Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace, enhanced by visuals that reminded us of the futility of war.
The highlight of 2010 was our participation in the wonderous Mahler's 8th Symphony at the New Zealand International Arts Festival, Wellington, under acclaimed conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy. Other performances that year included Classical Sparks, Southern Opera's Aïda in Concert, Renaissance Venetian and English music in ChristChurch Cathedral, and perennial favourites Last Night of the Proms and Handel's Messiah.
The seismic events of 2011 forced the cancellation of the planned Gala Concert and Verdi's Requiem, however Missa Gaia and Messiah were performed to critical acclaim. Missa Gaia was held at the Lincoln Events Centre and Messiah at Christ's College Hall.
The choir celebrated its 21st anniversary last year along with Brian Law's 21 years as music director. The availability of the CBS Canterbury Arena ensured that the celebratory Gala Concert was able to be staged in April. The choir performed as guests of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in Fantastique in November. Handel's Messiah, our perennial favourite, was again performed at Christ's College in December.
Rachmaninov Vespers in ChristChurch Cathedral
"Spring Fever" with Woolston Brass in Christchurch Town Hall