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Jubilate Singers' 40th Aniversary Concert

25th/26th November 2017

It’s nearly 40 years since Martin Setchell established the Jubilate Singers. Since then the choir has had a regular annual concert programme and performed with other choirs, orchestras such as the CSO and NZSO and dance groups. The choir has recorded CDs of music by New Zealand choral composers and music for television. The choir plans to celebrate our 40th anniversary over the weekend of 25/26 November 2017 with a concert and social programme. The concert will be directed by Sue Densem, our current Music Director, and will also involve her predecessors Martin Setchell, John Pattinson and Grant Hutchinson.


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From The Antipodes

10th June 2017

The Jubilate Singers present a concert of home-grown choral music featuring seven of New Zealand's finest composers. We are proud to present the world premiere of a work for choir, soprano and flute by Janet Jennings, Magnificat from a Garden in the Antipodes, featuring poems by Christchurch poet Ursula Bethell.

The programme also includes evocative compositions by David Childs, Diane Cooper, David Hamilton, Richard Oswin, John Ritchie, and Patrick Shepherd, all inspired by poetic texts.

Music Director: Susan Densem, with Carolyn Johnson (Piano), Matthew Lee (Flute), Anna Hoetjes (Soprano).

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Christmas with the Jubilate Singers

10th December 2016

St Michael and All Angels Church, Oxford Terrace
Please join the Jubilate Singers as they celebrate the joy of Christmas.

A festive first half is framed by three versions of the beautiful text, O Magnum Mysterium, spanning 6 centuries by choral composing superstars Victoria, Poulenc and American Morten Lauridsen.

Martin Setchell, one of New Zealand’s foremost organists, will play some exquisite French Christmas organ music.

We also feature Christchurch’s foremost harpist Helen Webby, in the beautiful Spanish song El Rorro.

In the second half you will be entranced by Saint-Saens’ Oratorio de Noël. We will be joined by five esteemed soloists from throughout New Zealand and the Jubilate Chamber Orchestra.

It is a festive feast of beautiful choral music for all to enjoy.

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Sounds of Aotearoa

10th September 2016

7.30 pm concert with a pre-concert talk by Patrick Shepherd at 7.00pm

Concert Hall of The Piano - Centre for Music and the Arts

165 Armagh Street, Christchurch

The Jubilate Singers are celebrating the wonderful talent of our home-grown composers by performing a concert of New Zealand works.  Come and hear the evocative sounds of New Zealand and enjoy our history through song.

We feature the playful Plumsong by the Jubilate Singers’ patron, Phillip Norman, and the world premier of a new choral work by Christchurch composer Patrick Shepherd, setting three poems from Arawata Bill by Denis Glover.

From the haunting sounds of Helen Fisher’s Pounamu, to the sublime Lord When the Sense of Thy Sweet Grace by former Jubilate Patron the late Professor John Ritchie, you will be treated to a programme of music to be proud of.

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Shakespeare Remembered

23rd April 2016

“touches of sweet harmony”

 The Jubilate Singers are celebrating the life and works of William Shakespeare on April 23rd 2016. To commemorate the 400th anniversary of his death we will perform some wonderful choral settings of his timeless texts.

Our programme covers songs from nine Shakespeare plays including the haunting ‘Come Away Death’ by Mἂntyjἂrvi and the playful ‘Oh Mistress Mine’ from Twelfth Night, to varied settings of ‘Who is Sylvia’, ‘It Was a Lover and His Lass’ and ‘When Daisies Pied’. A set of songs from Othello and ‘Caliban’s Song’ from the Tempest by New Zealand’s own David Hamilton. Compositions by Vaughan Williams and William Mathias complete our concert.

 We aim to delight and entertain you with music from the Bard and some instrumental interludes from Jonathan Le Cocq and friends.

 “But that’s all one, our play is done and we’ll strive to please you...”