Joy in Singing

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. The 'Jubes' present 3-4 public concerts a year featuring a wide range of international and New Zealand choral music and is well-known for its innovative programming and consistently high standard.
Read our Music Director's Report for the year ending 31 January 2020 for a summary of our recent activities.

Want to sing with us? We are currently looking for Tenors and 2nd Basses.

See our 'Join' page for more information.


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Upcoming Concerts

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Dido & The Pleasure Garden

5th September 2020

Putting the 'Oh' in Opera.


Presenting two very different experiences of this beloved art form - a timeless favourite, Dido and Aeneas an artful romp about Francis Hodgkin's 'Pleasure garden' painting. 

Conducted by Philip Norman.

Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas has something for everyone - a doomed love affair, evil schemes, wild carousing and supernatural effects, culminating in one of the most cherished arias in the history of opera, Dido’s lament: “When I am laid in earth may my wrongs create no trouble, no trouble in thy breast.”

This is followed by Philip Norman’s The Pleasure Garden, a comedic chamber opera about how Francis Hodgkin’s painting became part of the permanent collection of Christchurch Art Gallery. A true tale of trickery, triumph and the perversity of human nature, wrapped up in a blanket of laughs. As librettist, A. K. Grant writes of the painting: “Though I’d never say it’s bollocks, it simply lacks the power of a work of Jackson Pollock’s.”

With soloists from The Opera Club of Christchurch including Samantha Warhurst as Dido, Fernand Kenel as Aeneas, Sarah-Jane Rennie as Belinda, Peter Hind as an Art Critic, Eleanor Sim as a Minstrel and Erin Callanan as the ‘spectrally dismayed’ ghost of Frances Hodgkins.

Accompanied by top Christchurch musicians Amandine Guerin, Jonathan Tanner, Sharon Baylis, Tomas Hurnik, Matthew Harris (strings) and Grant Bartley (keyboards).

2 performances ONLY at The Piano, 156 Armagh Street, Christchurch

Saturday 5 September, 3.00pm & 7.30pm

Tickets on sale NOW - $30

Email or Phone 027 842 8236

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Fooling Around!

5th December 2020

Fooling Around! More hot choral jazz from cool classical dudes as the Jubilate Swingers rock up to the Rolling Stone Restaurant and Bar for a second fling with swing, funkadelic folk and a cappella awesomeness. Cabaret seating ensures a companionable time out in the company of imaginatively arranged classic songs and an available compere. Bookings advised as last time both performances were full.
Two separate performances: Afternoon and evening
Venue: 'A Rolling Stone' Restaurant and Bar, 579 Colombo St.
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God Save the Queens

8th May 2021

A right royal celebration of music composed for the ruling queens of England – Elizabeth I and II, Mary, Anne and Victoria. Includes music by Purcell (Clockwork Orange), Handel (Harry and Meghan’s wedding), Britten (Gloriana Dances) and some pomp and ceremonious playing from trumpeter Thomas Eves, organist Daniel Cooper and brass-playing companions.
Includes supper.
Dressing up for the Queens will be encouraged but optional.

Conducted by Philip Norman.

Venue: St Mary’s pro-Cathedral, 373 Manchester St, Christchurch

Start: 7.45pm


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  • Echoes of Yesteryear
  • Festive Music with the Jubilate Singers
  • The Orient Express