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New Zealand Youth Choir South Island Tour

New Zealand Youth Choir South Island Tour

The New Zealand Youth Choir will perform in Dunedin and Christchurch in early September 2014, their first South Island appearances in two years.

NZYC head, Roger Lloyd, says the choir is excited to be returning to the South Island and that two years is too long to be away. He continued: "The choir is looking forward to performing in the Transitional Cathedral for the first time, particularly since The New York Times has listed it as one of the 52 places in the world to visit in 2014!” See

The choir will have six days of intense rehearsal before performing at the Dunedin Cathedral of St Paul on Friday, 5 September. It will then travel to Christchurch for its performance in the new Transitional Cathedral on Saturday, 6 September.

While resident in Dunedin, the choir intends to run an education workshop for local schools choirs.

Music Director, David Squire, says the concert repertoire will include an eclectic mix of music from around the world.

“There’s everything from a 17th 12-part male voice choir work about electric shock therapy by New Zealand composer Alex Taylor, written just last year,” Squire says. “Some of the works are rarely heard in New Zealand, and make the most of the space and acoustics of both our concert venues.”

The national choir last appeared in the South Island performing Michael Tippett’s ‘A Child of Our Time’ with the NZSO National Youth Orchestra in Christchurch. Since then, the choir has come to the end of its three-year cycle. The 2014 NZ Youth Choir was selected through open auditions held in all the major centres in September 2013.

The ‘new’ choir made its debut at the New Zealand Festival in Wellington in February.

New Zealand Youth Choir in the South Island

Friday, 5 September, in St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin, at 7.30pm.

Saturday, 6 September, in the Transitional Cathedral, Christchurch, at 7.30pm

Ticketing: Admission $30 adult / $15 child/student

Admission at the door (cash sales only), or advance purchase from Music Works Dunedin

(Begg’s), or from Ticketek in Christchurch. Tickets on sale from 1 July.


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