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Discover the imaginative and innovative performances of the Jubilate Singers under the musical direction of Philip Norman CNZM. Since the choir's inception in 1977 the Jubilate Singers have earned a national reputation for high quality a cappella sacred and secular works, jazz arrangements and works with orchestral accompaniment.

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Welcome to the Jubilate Singers, a Christchurch (New Zealand) SATB chamber choir of around 30 singers conducted by Music Director Philip Norman. The 'Jubes' present 3-4 public concerts a year featuring a wide range of international and New Zealand choral music, and we are well-known for our innovative programming and consistently high standard.

Read our Music Director's Report for the year ending 31 January 2021 for a summary of our recent activities. 

Want to sing with us? We are currently looking for singers with a particular vacancy for a tenor.  See our 'Join' page for more information.

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In October, we celebrated 50 years of composition by current Jubilate Singers conductor, Philip Norman, with ‘Wit and Wisdom’ at The Piano. This concert, which also marked the publication of Philip's latest book, A Complete Absence of WIT & WISDOM, was recorded by SOUNZ. The choir was accompanied by Jeremy Woodside (piano), Amandine Guerin (violin) & Roger Buckton (flute).
'Wit and Wisdom' was a fitting tribute to Philip's distinguished career and was thoroughly enjoyed by the choir and by our audience! View photographs from the concert on our Gallery page.
The choir is currently busy preparing for our next concert,  'Sir Arthur Sullivan: A Musical Portrait,' coming up on February 25th, 2023, at The Piano. We'll be joined by the Risingholme Orchestra on an entertaining musical journey, featuring a range of perennial favourites. Don't miss this concert - subscribe to our newsletter below to be notified when ticket sales open.

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Upcoming Concerts

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Sir Arthur Sullivan: A musical portrait

25th February 2023

A concert that puts the spotlight on a composer who wrote much more than a string of phenomenally popular comic operas in association with his librettist WS Gilbert. With the participation of the Risingholme Orchestra and soloists, the programme features perennial favourites from a number of these operas – including The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore and The Mikado.

We also showcase a number of Sullivan’s works for orchestra, and for orchestra and choir, among them the first movement of his Symphony in E (“Irish”); choral excerpts from his incidental music to King Arthur; and his Boer War Te Deum

Prepare to be surprised as well as entertained.

Saturday, 25 February 2023, 2pm - please note the date on the poster is not correct.

Venue: The Piano, 156 Armagh Street, Christchurch


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  • Wit & Wisdom
  • Fabulous Folk
  • Concerts Planned for 2022