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Read Barbara Ann Grant’s latest concert review ‘A Revelatory Feast of Opera’. Reviewed in the Nelson Mail 16 May 2016.

May 22nd, 2016

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    This page is maintained as a community service. If you know of any required updates to the details provided please let me know.

    Want to join a choir? Find all the details below to help your search. There are about as many choirs in the Nelson/Tasman region as you’ve had hot dinners – there’s bound to be one here for you! If you know of a choir not listed here, please email me and I’ll be happy to add it!










    Nelson Civic Choir

    Conductor: Chris Lukies

    Contact Person: Diana Mellor

    Phone: 03 542 3230


    Rehearsal Time: 7 pm

    Rehearsal Day: Tuesday

    Venue: NCMA, Nile St, Nelson

    Repertoire: Major Choral Works

    Performance Type: Oratorio, Baroque, Concert Versions of Opera and Operetta and light popular items

    Audition format: ‘Open’ as for community choir


    Take A Chance Singers

    Director: Hilary Sinclair

    Contact Person: Hilary Sinclair

    Phone: 03 528 9002


    Rehearsal Time: 7.30 – 9.30

    Rehearsal Day: Tuesday

    Rehearsal Venue: Waimea College

    Venue Address: Salisbury Rd

    Approx size: 60 SATB


    Nelson Bays Harmony Chorus

    Conductor: Janet Roland


    Rehearsal Time: 7 – 10 pm

    Venue: Waimea Club, Richmond

    Repertoire: Women’s Barbershop

    Performance Type: Barbershop arrangements of light, popular and traditional pieces

    Audition format: ‘Open’ as for community choir

    Approx. Size: 40 (Women)










    Chroma Chamber Choir


    Rehearsal Time: Evening

    Rehearsal Day: Monday

    Venue: NCMA Recital Theatre

    Repertoire: Classical repertoire – formal works from Renaissance to contemporary

    Performance Type: Madrigals, motets, masses to 20th century composers. Mainly unaccompanied.

    Size: 24 SATB (8 per part)


    Nelson Male Voice

    Director: Nigel Weeks

    Contact: John Foes-Lamb


    Rehearsal Time: 6.45 pm

    Rehearsal Day: Monday

    Venue: Reformed Church Enner Glynn

    Repertoire: Classical to modern

    Audition format: No audition, all welcome

    Size: 40


    Off Your Rockers

    Contact: Robyn Beckingsale

    Phone: 03 539 4724

    Repertoire: Modern rock and New Zealand songs

    Performance Type: Over 60’s choir modelled on the ‘Young at Heart’ choir phenomenon

    Size: 50 SATB


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    Soundworkz Blog

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    May 22nd, 2016

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    August 19th, 2012

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