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Christmas with the Jubilate Singers
Saturday 10 December 7.30 pm
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.

Advance bookings:
Phone Vivien Hicks 027 842 8236;
Email to order tickets
Tickets $35/$25 (unwaged), Children free. Door sales

Sounds of Aotearoa

Saturday 10 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.

Advance bookings:
Phone Vivien Hicks 027 842 8236;
Email to order tickets
Tickets $30/$25 (unwaged), Children free. Door sales

Shakespeare Remembered

“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 Mntyjrvi 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...”


Advance bookings:phone Vivien Hicks 03 326 4033; email to order tickets.

Tickets $30/$25 (unwaged), includes wine and food. Children free.  Door sales.

Sunday 15 November, 2.00 pm
Ashburton College Auditorium,
27 Walnut Ave,

Ticket sales
$40 (incl. post-concert afternoon tea).
$20 concert only.

Tickets: contact Argyle Welsh Finnigan 03 308 8228

In our next concert, the Jubilate Singers will perform a programme of light, entertaining music in the Ashburton College Auditorium

The concert will be the second in the Bradley Nuttall Summer Season; the first having been held on Sunday 1 November in the Ilex Room in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

The Jubilate Singers acknowledge the generous support of our major sponsor, Bradley Nuttall Ltd, Financial Advisors, and ongoing support from Argyle Welsh, Finnigan, Barristers Solicitors and Notary Public, and the Rata Foundation (formerly The Canterbury Community Trust).

Banish those winter blues and swing into summer with the Jubilate Singers.

Enjoy a foretaste of those lazy, hazy summer days to come.

With music from the Beatles to Simon and Garfunkel, Gershwin to Bernstein and some Manhattan Transfer in-between; there is something here for everyone.

Enjoy the rich, dulcet tones of Soprano Helen Charlton and the smooth touch of Barry Brinson on the keyboard.

The performance is directed by Susan Densem.

Join the Jubilate Singers for an afternoon of summer delight.

A Taste of Summer

Sunday 1 November, 4.00 pm

Ilex Café and Events

Botanic Gardens


Ticket sales - SOLD OUT but look for our encore concert in Ashburton, details soon SOLD OUT

$50 (includes after concert food/beverages).

$25 (waged)/$20 (unwaged) concert only.

Contact Kelvin Lynn 0274 376 542


No door sales

In our next concert, the Jubilate Singers will perform a programme of light, entertaining music in the new Ilex Café and Events Centre in the beautiful Botanic Gardens.

The concert will be the first of two in the Bradley Nuttall Summer Season; the second is in Ashburton on Sunday 15 November at 2.00 pm at the Ashburton College Auditorium.

The Jubilate Singers acknowledge the generous support of our major sponsor, Bradley Nuttall Ltd, Financial Advisors, and ongoing support from Argyle Welsh, Finnigan, Barristers Solicitors and Notary Public, and the Rata Foundation (formerly The Canterbury Community Trust).

Banish those winter blues and swing into summer with the Jubilate Singers.

Enjoy a foretaste of those lazy, hazy summer days to come.

With music from the Beatles to Simon and Garfunkel, Gershwin to Bernstein and some Manhattan Transfer in-between; there is something here for everyone.

Enjoy the rich, dulcet tones of Soprano Helen Charlton and the smooth touch of Barry Brinson on the keyboard.

The performance is directed by Susan Densem.

Join the Jubilate Singers for an afternoon of summer delight.

Book early to avoid missing out on this opportunity.

The Jubilate Singers first concert of 2015 features a sumptuous banquet of love songs. ‘Aspects of Love’ begins with an arrangement of Elton John’s Your Song and finishes with the beautifully restful Lullabye (Goodnight, my Angel) by Billy Joel.

This concert features many delicious love songs from composers such as Holst, Pearsall, Debussy, Whitacre, Stroope, Lauridsen and more.

Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs are a beautifully crafted set with poetry by Hila Plitmann (now his wife) featuring a piano and violin accompaniment. Each of the songs capture a moment that Plitmann and Whitacre shared together.

I am Not Yours by Z Randall Stroope, with poetry by the American poet and lyricist Sara Teasdale portrays the intimacy and longing of a life that is searching for an elusive completeness and a total connection to another being.

And so it Goes by Billy Joel was arranged by Bob Chillcott for the King’s Singers 25th anniversary Jubilee.

You are sure to enjoy American David Dickau’s version of Henry Heveningham’s famous text, If Music Be the Food of Love.

There is something romantic on the menu here for all.

Please join the Jubilate Singers as they take you through a degustation of love.

Nut Point Centre

703 Old West Coast Road Cnr of Langdales Road

Saturday 30 May, 7.30 pm

Concert and light supper $25

Tickets Phone 342 1033 or online at

Renaissance Splendour - Choral Masterpieces from the Golden Age

The Jubilate Singers’ final concert of the year features several great composers of the Renaissance period, with choral masterpieces such as Monteverdi’s Cantate Domino and his soaring Mass for Four Voices, Charpentier’s Midnight Mass (full of dancing carols), Tallis’s stirring Videte Miraculum and ending with Gabrieli’s Jubilate Deo. This will be Music Director Grant Hutchinson’s final concert with the choir, and he will also perform J S Bach’s monumental Passacaglia and fugue in C minor on the new Rodgers digital/pipe hybrid organ.
Renaissance Splendour is presented as a fund-raiser for the Jubilate Singers with a fine line-up of soloists and the Jubilate Baroque Ensemble led by Luca Molnar. Hear the choir in a rousing concert to end off their musical year.
Friday 28 November 7.30pm
St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 373 Manchester St, Christchurch
Door sales $20 (waged)/$15 (unwaged). Children free.
Advance bookings: phone Nathan Mehrtens 027 229 2470; email
  What the reviewers have said:
“a wealth of stylistic finesse on display … music-making at its best” 
Israel in Egypt (Philip Norman)
“an outstanding evening of music … energy and commitment throughout” 
Elijah (Patrick Shepherd)
“exciting… as gripping as similar music I have heard in the great baroque centres of Italy and Austria”
Monteverdi 1610 Vespers (David Sell)

Blotches and blains,
                 frogs and flies…

       Saturday 4 October 7.30pm
       St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 373 Manchester St, Christchurch

      Door sales $30 (waged)/$20 (unwaged). Children free.
      Advance bookings:
phone Vivien Hicks 03 326 4033;


Israel in Egypt is one of the most dramatic of Handel's oratorios, the next most popular after Messiah, and certainly one of the most enjoyable to hear or perform.

An announcement is made that a new Pharaoh has come to the throne who does not look kindly on the Israelites. God chooses Moses to lead his people out of bondage. A series of plagues falls on Egypt: the rivers turn to blood; a plague of frogs affects the land; blotches and blisters break out on the skin of cattle and people; flies and lice swarm everywhere; locusts appear and destroy all the crops; hailstorms blight the country; a palpable darkness descends; and, finally, the eldest born sons of all the Egyptians are struck down dead.

All of these events are depicted by Handel with great imagination and, even, a wry sense of humour! The ruler of Egypt eventually agrees to let the Israelites depart, but then changes his mind and pursues them. The Red Sea miraculously parts to let the Israelites cross, but when the pursuing Egyptians try to cross, the waters engulf them and they are drowned, and the Israelites reach safety. The rest of the oratorio consists of songs of rejoicing and reflections on their miraculous escape.

Scored for six soloists, double choir and orchestra complete with strings, woodwind, trombones, tympani and organ, it is one of the masterpieces of the choral repertoire.

Israel in Egypt is presented by Christchurch’s Jubilate Singers and Wellington’s Baroque Voices, and accompanied by the Jubilate Orchestra, led by Cathy Irons.

The soloists are Pepe Becker (soprano), Eleanor Sim (soprano), Andrea Cochrane (contralto), Richard Taylor (tenor),  Jeremy Baker (baritone) and Nathan Mehrtens (bass).  

The performance is directed by Grant Hutchinson.

     … lice and locusts, hailstones and darkness – and more!.



SOLACE - comforting and exhilarating music of the 17th century
Saturday 3 May at 7.00pm, St Mary's Church, Manchester St., Christchurch

Bach motet: Jesu, Meine Freude

Truly a “priceless treasure” of the choral literature, it is the longest and most ambitious of Bach’s motets, the latter constituting his only corpus of extended unaccompanied choral writing. A work of flawless artistic integrity, its intensity of contrapuntal execution, grandeur of architecture, and pervasive loftiness of expression have earned it a place among the most often performed and most admired works of the entire sacred literature.


Schutz: Musikalische Exequien
Heinrich Schütz has been described as Germany’s most important composer of the 17th century, and the Musikalische Exequien is one of his most inspired works. It was composed for the funeral of
Prince Heinrich of Gera, who was a cultured man with musical talent, and a patron of the church, education and the arts. Schütz’s great affection for him is expressed in the dedication on the title page of the Musikalische Exequien. In preparation for death’s arrival, the Prince secretly constructed a detailed, engraved coffin approximately one year before his death on December 3, 1635. In typical 17th century royal German fashion, the coffin was elaborate and included numerous biblical and choral verses. These texts provided the structural symmetry of Schütz’s ingenious work.
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Concerts in 2014
  • Solace (Schutz Musikalische Exequien & Bach Jesu, meine freude) 3 May
  • Symphony no 2, final movement (Mahler) with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and the city Choir 12 July
  • Israel in Egypt (Handel) 11 October

Elijah is the most popular of all Mendelssohn’s compositions and one of the most well-known oratorios in the repertoire. Mendelssohn uses various Biblical episodes to produce intensely — almost luridly — dramatic scenes. Among the tales is the resurrection of a dead youth, the bringing of rain to parched Israel through Elijah's prayers, the ‘contest of the gods’ and the bodily ascension of Elijah on a fiery chariot into heaven.


Elijah is presented by the Jubilate Singers, Nota Bene (Wellington), Bel Canto (Burnside High School) and accompanied by the Jubilate Orchestra. The soloists are Sue Densem (soprano), Leisa Falconer (contralto), Oliver Sewell (tenor) and David Griffiths (bass). The performance is directed by Grant Hutchinson.

Saturday 7 September 7.30pm
Christchurch Transitional Cathedral

Tickets $30/$25 (concession). Children free.

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Pietari Inkinen, presents Verdi’s Requiem. Alongside some of Australasia’s finest singing talent, the Jubilate Singers, Christchurch City Choir and members of City Choir Dunedin join forces in this monumental performance of this moving and majestic masterpiece packed with high emotion and glorious melodies. Verdi’s Requiem is an overwhelming expression of grief, and yet,  it is reassuring in its message of comfort.
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Pietari Inkinen – conductor
Lisa Harper-Brown – soprano, Margaret Medlyn – mezzo-soprano,
Rosario La Spina – tenor, Jud Arthur – bass
Wednesday 26 June at 7.00pm, CBS Arena
Book through Ticketek - 0800 842 538 /

Embark on a fascinating choral journey, examining life’s diverse pathways.

The Jubilate Singers' Pathways programme begins with the first polyphony to be published in a native language in the New World (the Quechuan language from Peru), the haunting Hanacpachap Cussicuinin. This is followed by the fiery Suite de Lorca, with words by by the Spanish poet Frederico Lorca and music composed by the celebrated Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara. We continue our journey with Eric Whitacre’s  heart-breaking When David Heard. The centre-piece of Pathways is the astonishing 17-part Roncesvalles from Joby Talbot’s iconic Path of Miracles. Featuring the crotales and counter tenor Christopher Warwick, it is arguably one of the most challenging works in the choral repertoire. We conclude with Richard Oswin’s exhilarating and rhythmic Sanctus. In addition to the choral offerings, there will also be instrumental works by Jonathan Le Cocq (archlute), Ian Thorpe (oboe) and Barry Brinson (organ).

The Jubilate Singers
Directed by Grant Hutchinson

Sunday 14 April at 2.30pm, St Mary's Pro-Cathedral, 373 St Mary’s Manchester Street, Christchurch

Admission: $20 / $15 (concession). Children free.

Programme for 2013

Concert 1: Pathways

A feast of choral music examining life’s diverse pathways. Includes Eric Whitacre’s  heart-breaking When David Heard, Suite de Lorca by the Finnish composer Einojuhani Ruatavaara,  the astonishing 17-part Roncesvalles from Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles and Richard Oswin’s exhilarating Sanctus. Some of the most moving and exciting contemporary choral music in the repertoire.

Sunday 14 April at 2.30pm, St Mary’s Manchester St

Concert 2: Requiem (Verdi)

The Jubilate Singers join forces with City Choir Dunedin and the Christchurch City Choir under the baton of  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s Pietari Inkinen, accompanied by the NZSO,  and featuring some of Australasia’s finest singing talent in this performance of Verdi’s moving and majestic Requiem. Verdi’s Requiem is an overwhelming expression of grief, and yet it is reassuring in its message of comfort.
Wednesday 26 June at 7.00pm, CBS Arena

Concert 3: Elijah (Mendelssohn)
Elijah is the most popular of all Mendelssohn’s compositions and one of the most well-known oratorios in the repertoire. It was finished in 1846, and was first performed August 18 of that year, at the Birmingham (England) Festival. Mendelssohn uses various Biblical episodes  to produce intensely — almost luridly — dramatic scenes. subsequently taken away and slain! 

 Elijah will be performed by the Jubilate Singers, especially invited singers, members of Bel Canto (Burnside High School) and the Jubilate Orchestra as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival.

Saturday 7 September at 7.30pm, Christchurch Transitional Cathedral

From the review of the choir's recent performance of the Monteverdi 1610 Vespers  (The Press - Friday October 12)
"The Jubilate Singers can be relied on to give a performance of interest. But I didn’t expect one as consistently polished and exciting as they gave on this occasion. [...]  It is not often I can apply the term “exciting” to a local performance of early music, but this was as gripping as similar music I have heard in the great baroque centres of Italy and Austria.”

Monteverdi Vespers (1610)

The Jubilate Singers will join Wellington’s Baroque Voices1 and Burnside High School’s Bel Canto and Aurora Voices2 choirs in one of the best-loved compositions of the choral repertoire and Monteverdi’s largest work, his Vespro della Beata Vergine. Part of a larger 1610 Venice publication, the Vespers comprises large psalm settings, smaller-scale motets, a lavishly scored sacred concerto, and a setting of the Magnificat. The Vespers is courtly and majestic in places, touchingly intimate in others. A pinnacle of Renaissance music, it contains elements that look forward to the Baroque style to come, and spectacular vocal and instrumental effects that are still capable of thrilling audiences four centuries later.

1 Baroque Voices (founded in 1994 by Wellington-based soprano Pepe Becker) is a vocal consort that specialises in pre-Classical music written for ensembles with one voice to a part. Its size varies according to the particular demands of the repertoire for each concert or project. The group has a core of singers with considerable experience in both choral and solo performance, especially in the field of early music.     

2 Bel Canto and Aurora Voices are treble voice choirs at Burnside High School, both directed by Sue Densem, with busy programmes. They are regular participants in the New Zealand Choral Federation’s The Big Sing, with both choirs enjoying success over the years. Bel Canto is a regular finalist in the competition, and won the coverted Platinum Award this year.

For further information, contact Lois Chick at for advance tickets.

St Mary's Pro Cathedral, 373 Manchester St, Christchurch.

7.30pm Saturday October 6 2012

Tickets $25/$20 (concession), school students FREE

Franz Liszt's setting of Via Crucis, the fourteen Stations of the Cross, is without parallel in the choral repertoire in its emotionally - charged depiction of Christ’s final walk to the Cross. The Via Crucis is the central work in this meditative concert, that will also include Allegri’s famous Miserere, Crucifixus (Bach), Christe, adoramus te (Monteverdi), Erbarme Dich (Bach) and William Walton’s Drop, drop slow tears. The performance will be augmented by organ music played by Martin Setchell as well as visuals of passiontide scenes.

The Way of the Cross, presented by the Jubilate Singers and directed by Grant Hutchinson, is offered to the people of Christchurch as an opportunity to reflect, while enjoying some of the finest music ever written for this time of the year.

7.30pm (note new time)

Saturday 31 March 2012

Our Lady of Victories Church, 106 Main South Rd, Sockburn, Christchurch

Entrance by programme donation ($10/$15 recommended)

The Jubilate Singers present their end of year concert B3 – music by three ‘big men’ of the choral world: Bach, Bruckner and Brahms – on Sunday 27 November at 2.00 pm at the Church of Our Lady of Victories,  106 Main South Road,  Sockburn.

B3 includes music for Advent by J S Bach: Cantata Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland; motets Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Muhseligen? & Es ist das Heil uns kommen her by Brahms. The concert, which also features contributions from well-known Christchurch instrumentalists, concludes with Bruckner’s well-loved motets Christus factus est, Ave Maria and his monumental Ecce Sacerdos.

The Jubilate Singers, directed by Grant Hutchinson, will be joined by organist Martin Setchell and a string ensemble led by Cathy Irons.  Tickets ($15/$10 concession) will available at the  door.

New Jubes CD to be launched at B3 concert
At the beginning of 2010, the Jubilate Singers first had the idea of recording a collection of choral works by South Island composers, featuring poetry and other text evocative of life in the South Island. They approached nine of the region’s most prominent composers  – Chris Archer, Richard Madden, Philip Norman, Richard Oswin, Anthony Ritchie, John Ritchie, Martin Setchell, Patrick Shepherd and Jeremy Woodside  – for a suitable piece for Southern Landscapes. To the Jubes’ delight, all offered to write a new piece for the project or provided a composition that had not previously been recorded.

The result is a unique collection of choral music from the South Island of New Zealand, which will on sale at the concert for $25 (includes a complimentary copy of the choir’s previous CD Winter and Rough Weather - choral music of John Ritchie). 
Enquiries: Contact Lois Chick (secretary) on tel 385 9264/021 505 678 or email  Lois Chick.

As part of the Christchurch Arts Festival, Jubes will premiere four new works composed especially for the choir: Chris Archer’s Aroha, Patrick Shepherd’s Timeless Land and Jeremy Woodside’s The Small Hour - each of which will be introduced by the respective composer.

A very recent addition to the programme is the first performance of Patrick Shepherd’s Elegy for a Fallen City, written in response to the earthquakes which have ravaged the city

The programme also includes works by Philip Norman, patron John Ritchie and his son Anthony Ritchie.  The music is based on poetry evoking the South Island’s landscape and way of life.

Enjoy an afternoon of inspiring music at 2.00pm on Sunday 14 August at St Michael’s Anglican Church (cnr Oxford Terrace and Durham St). Tickets are $20/$15 concession.

Songs of the Soul

Venue: Our Lady of Victories, 106 Main South Road

Time: 2.30pm, Sunday 8th May, 2011

Admission: Free - donations to Earthquake Fund

The Jubilate Singers proudly presents Songs of the Soul, a free concert for Christchurch, comprising a selection of best-loved choral masterpieces directed by Grant Hutchinson. Join the choir and instrumentalists for an afternoon of inspiring choral and instrumental music.

The concert features sopranos Elizabeth Emeleus and Helen Charlton, a string ensemble led by Cathy Irons, accompanists Jeremy Woodside and Barry Brinson and several other instrumentalists. All musicians are giving of their time and talents in aid of the Christchurch Earthquake Fund, so please bring a donation ... and bring your friends!


Vivaldi - Gloria (1st movement);  Bach - Jesu, joy of man's desiring;  Mozart - Laudate Dominum; Handel - Violin Sonata in D major; Mendelssohn - Hear my prayer & O for the wings of a dove; Faure - Cantique de Jean Racine;  Weber - Concertino for Clarinet; Durufle - Ubi Caritas;  Lauridsen - O magnum mysterium;  Beethoven - Cavatina;  Vaughan Williams - Lord, thou hast been our refuge.


Jubes also wishes to thank the following who have donated their services for this concert:

Luca Molnar Graphic Design ( – design of posters, flyers and programme

Copyprint (Selwyn Bradley – printing of posters, flyers and programme.

Martin Setchell, with Jubilate Singers and Addington Brass

Time: 2.30pm Sunday 20 March 2011

Venue: Christchurch Town Hall

Cost: Free

The Grand Re-opening of the Rieger Organ

The organ currently has most of its tone colours on two manuals, with the third having just four very powerful stops, used for impressive fanfares and climax points. After this upgrade Rieger will, in a sense, be able to ‘complete’ this 3rd division of the organ by adding about 12 new stops. These will be mainly quieter stops, providing more options when accompanying soloists, choirs or small ensembles, for example. They will also ‘fill some gaps’ by providing some quiet, solo reed stops not currently available such as vox humana and clarinet.

In addition to other basic structural work, the organ’s capacity to store registrations which can be quickly recalled in sequence during a concert will be further enhanced by an upgrade to Rieger’s state-of-the-art electronic sequencing system.

Christmas with Aivale Cole and the NZSO.

Christmas is a time for sharing the most joyfully resplendent music. Join the NZSO, Aivale Cole, NZYC Alumni, Voices NZ Alumni and Jubilate Singers for an inspiring start to the Yuletide season.

Composers have responded to the sentiments of the season with music of soaring beauty, from the gentle pastoral dance of Corelli’s Christmas Concerto to Respighi’s exquisite, impressionistic portrait of the Nativity in his Trittico Bottecelliano. And providing some vocal fireworks in Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate is the rising star soprano, Aivale Cole. The young New Zealand er was the sensational winner of the Song Quest in 2009.

What would Christmas be without a choir of carollers with the NZSO? The gorgeous voices of these leading choirs will sing a selection of favourites, old and new, filling the atmosphere with the sounds of rejoicing from across the centuries.

Christchurch Town Hall, 7.30 pm, Tuesday 14th December
Tickets from Ticketek


Join the Jubilate Singers for an afternoon of vocal enchantment.

The Jubes end-of-year concert, Voices of the South, features music by some of the South Island's most prominent composers, including Richard Madden, Philip Norman, Anthony Ritchie, John Ritchie, Richard Oswin, Martin Setchell and Christchurch organ scholar Jeremy Woodside.

Conducted by Grant Hutchinson, a highlight will be the premier of Anthony Ritchie’s new work Mountains and Rivers, composed especially for the choir and based on poems from 'Arawata Bill' by Denis Glover.


Vesperae longiores ac breviores (1693)
- Heinrich Biber (1644-1704)  

If you enjoyed the Jubilate Singers’ concerts featuring and Scarlatti's Stabat MaterMonteverdi's Christmas Vespers, this first performance (in the Southern Hemisphere) of the recently published Biber Vespers is one which you should not miss. From the original scores, Brian Clark of Yale University has produced a service of Vespers including music by Heinrich Biber, Rupert Mayr, Emperor Leopoldt and Giovanni Legrenzi. Scored for four soloists, 4-part choir and string orchestra, the Vespers is a work of great power and beauty, with many exhilarating and tender moments and will be performed in the atmospheric church of St Luke’s-in-the-City.

1) Domine ad adiuvandum me festina - Rupert Ignaz Mayr (1646-1712)
2) Dixit Dominus - Heinrich Biber
3) Confitebor tibi Domine - Heinrich Biber
4) Sonata VII - Heinrich Biber
5) Beatus Vir - Heinrich Biber
6) Laudate pueri, Dominum - Heinrich Biber
7) Laudate Dominum - Heinrich Biber
8) Sonata: Annuntiato Mariae - Heinrich Biber
9) Ave Maris Stella – Emperor Leopold I (1640-1705)
10) Sancta Maria, Mater Dei - Rupert Ignaz Mayr
11) Magnificat – Heinrich Biber
12) Salve Regina – Giovanni Legrenzi (c.1620-1690)  

Programme note by Brian Clark, musicologist, editor and publisher of the Biber Vespers

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644–17040 was with doubt one of the most important composers at the end of the 17th Century. His virtuosity as a violinist was perhaps the means by which he attained a position at the court of Bishop at Kromeritz in Bohemia. Around 1670, Biber vanished from the court, and made his way to the far more important city of Salzburg, where he is first recorded as a chamber servant to that city’s archbishop in 1671.

Biber steadily progressed to greater things and, by 1679, he had been elevated to the rank of vice-Kapellmeister. Finally, on the death of his predessor, Andreas Hofer in 1683, he became Kapellmeister. By this time, he had been responsible for teaching the choirboys to sing the florid counterpoint for six years (while someone else – extraordinarily as it seems – was employed to teach them the violin). Although Biber’s best-known church pieces are perhaps the monumental Missa Salisburgensis (in 53 or more parts) and Missa Bruxellensis, most of his liturgical music is actually on quite an intimate scale.

The Vespers was written for four voices (solo and tutti), two violins, two violas and continuo. Vesper services take place in the evening and consist of a sequence of prescribed texts. After the call to prayer Deus in adiutorium meum intende, to which Domine ad adiuvandum me festina is the response, come five psalms, each with antiphons (usually in the form of plainchant), then a hymn, followed by the Magnificat, and finally a Marian antiphon (a motet in praise of the Virgin Mary) – of which there are four, one for each of the liturgical seasons). The five psalms, those assigned to the Sundays throughout the year are psalms 110, 111, 112, 113 and 117. In his published set Vesperae longiores ac breviores of 1693, Heinrich Biber supplied settings only of the psalms and a Litany setting. In order to complete the sequence, we have had to look elsewhere. Rupert Ignaz Mayr (1646-1712) published his own Vespers collection in 1706. Unlike Biber, he included the opening Deus in adiutorium meum intende, and this is used here. The hymn Ave Maris Stella was composed by the Hapsburg emperor Leopold I. The Marian antiphon Salve Regina was composed by the Venetian composer Giovanni Legrenzi (c1620-1690), who clearly had designs on a position in Vienna, having dedicated publications to various emperors and sent manuscripts of his oratorios to the city. During the 17th century in particular, it became popular for the psalm antiphons to be replaced by concerted music such as motets and sonatas, while the priest recited the liturgical texts. In this performance, one such antiphon substitute is Mayr’s Sancta Maria, Mater Dei for solo soprano and strings. The others are two sonatas from Biber’s printed collections.

A Christmas Cracker

The Jubilate Singers end-of-year Soiree, an evening of good company and music, held by candlight, cafe'-style, in the stunning St Luke's Church.  First-class musical entertainment provided by the choir and friends .

Tickets $10 (includes refreshments at your table). A collection for the Christchurch City Mission was taken.

8.00 pm Saturday 19 December
St Luke's-in-the-City (cnr Kilmore/Manchester St)

Jubes's musical programme:
Animal Crackers (Eric Whitacre)
Preludio in F minor (J S Bach)
Allegro from 'Eine kleine nachtmusik' (W A Mozart)
Corpus Christi Carol (Trondt Kverno)
Ave Maria (Franz Biebl)
O Magnum Mysterium (Morten Lauridsen)

Guest artists included David Smith (classical guitar), Georgina Rees-Stevenson (clarinet), Lindsay Leitch (bassoon), Graham Hollobon and others.


Written for full “wind-band” & orchestra, the Harmonie-messe is full of vitality and strength, as is the Te Deum, which uses the same orchestration.

Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, written for the Three Choirs Festival in 1965, has the choir singing words from the psalms in Hebrew, and features a boy soprano and tenor soloist, as well as the interesting combination of organ, harp and percussion accompaniment.

Saturday, 17 October 2009 at 2.00 pm  St Luke’s Church

Te Deum (Haydn)   
Chichester Psalms (Bernstein)   
Harmonie-messe (Haydn)   
Jubilate Singers and Orchestra   
Directed by Grant Hutchinson

Tickets: $25 & $20 (concession)  
 – available from Ecclesia Bookshop, Peterborough St, tel 3663098 (Jenny) or at the door

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Other music at St Luke’s Church over their 150th Anniversary Weekend

16 October (Frid) 6.00 pm
A Grand Old Lady performs with Taonga Pūoro

A unique fusion of traditional Māori instruments and pipe organ

Horomona Horo (pūkaea, pūtōrino, kōauau, pūtātara and others)   
Grant Hutchinson (St Luke’s 100-year-old organ)

18 October (Sun) 6.00 pm
Solemn Mass with Schubert

Jubilate Singers and Orchestra
150th Anniversary Service

Schubert Mass in G
Cantique de Jean Racine (Gabriel Fauré)
Locus iste (Anton Bruckner)

ILLUMINA - Music of Light

Saturday, 8 August 2009 at 8.00 pm
ChristChurch Cathedral, Cathedral Square.

Lux aurumque (Eric Whitacre)
Lumen (Gregorian chant)        
O nata lux (Thomas Tallis)  
Lux aeterna (David Hamilton)        
Christe, qui lux es de dies (Robert Whyte)       
Hymn to the Creator of Light (John Rutter)
Surge, illuminare (Jeremy Woodside) premiere *     
Nunc dimittis (Gustav Holst)         

Hail, gladdening light (Charles Wood)           
Te lucis ante terminum (Thomas Tallis)                
An Evening Hymn (H Balfour Gardiner) *         
Bring us, O Lord God (William Harris)         
Christmas Lights (Simon Preston)  Jeremy Woodside (Organ) *                  
Illumina (Gareth Farr) percussion - premiere **

Jeremy Woodside (organ) *
Helen Charlton (soprano), Jeremy Thin (vibraphone), Scott Chappell (crotales/drum) **

Directed by Grant Hutchinson

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Music for Passiontide II
Sunday, 5 April 2009 at 2.00 pm
St Luke’s Church, Christchurch

O vis aeternitatis (Hildegard von Bingen)
The Lamentations (Thomas Tallis)
O Vos Omnes (Pablo Casals)
The Reproaches (John Sanders)
Stabat Mater (Giovanni Pergolesi)

Soloists: Sue Densem (soprano) & Louisa Pilkington (contralto)
Jubilate Singers and Ensemble led by Natalia Lomeiko
Jonathan Le Cocq (archlute)
Martin Setchell (organ)

Directed by Grant Hutchinson

The Christmas Vespers (Claudio Monteverdi)
Sunday, 21 December 2008 at 2.00 pm
St Luke’s Church, Christchurch

Jubilate Singers & Chamber Orchestra (led by Cathy Irons)
Soloists from the Choir   
Martin Setchell (organ), David Smith (lute)

Directed by Grant Hutchinson

North meets South
Sunday, 26 October 2008 at 2.30 pm
ChristChurch Cathedral, Cathedral Square

I saw the Lord (John Stainer) Combined choirs *
Three Widow’s Songs (Anthony Ritchie) Jubilate Singers **
O Lord, rebuke me not (William Croft) Musica Sacra *
Songs of Farewell (excerpts) (Hubert Parry) Musica Sacra *                                                
Viri Galilei (Patrick Gowers) Combined choirs *
Requiem (Gabriel Fauré arr John Rutter) Combined Choirs **

Musica Sacra (Auckland) & Jubilate Singers
Jubilate Orchestra led by Cathy Irons, John Wells (Organist)
Soloists: Ian Tetley (Baritone) and William Yaxley (treble)

Directed by Indra Hughes & Grant Hutchinson

A French Collection   
Sunday, 20 July 2008 at 2.30 pm
ChristChurch Cathedral, Cathedral Square

Missa Solennelle (Jean Langlais) *
Apparition de l'eglise eternelle (Olivier Messiaen) *
Litanies à la Vierge Noire, Notre-Dame de Roc-Amadour (Francis Poulenc) *
Calme des nuit (Camille Saint-Saëns)
Les fleurs et les arbres (Camille Saint-Saëns)
Baisez-moi!  (Josquin Des Prez)
Il et bel et bon  (Pierre Passereau)
Madrigal (Gabriel Fauré)
Les djinns (Gabriel Fauré)
Trois chansons de Charles d'Orléans (Claude Debussy)
   Dieu! Qu'il la fait bon regarder
   Quant j'ai ouy le tabourin
   Yver, vous n'estes qu'un villain

Martin Setchell (organ) *, Jean Rutherford (piano)

Directed by Grant Hutchinson

Love and the Land

Saturday 10 November 2007 at 7.30 pm
(Baring Square Methodist Church, Ashburton)
Sunday 11 November 2007 at 3.00 pm
(The Heritage Chapel, Barbadoes St, Christchurch)

Choral Songs (Edward Elgar)     
   My love dwelt in a Northern Land
   The Prince of Sleep
The Shepherd of the Rock (Franz Schubert)
Elizabeth Emeleus (soprano), Keith Spragg (clarinet), Barry Brinson (piano)
Five English Folk Songs (Ralph Vaughan Williams)   
   The dark eyed sailor
   The springtime of the year
   Just as the tide was flowing
   The lover's ghost
Liebeslieder Waltzer (Johannes Brahms)
John Pattinson (conductor), Alison Holden & Richard Oswin (piano)       
Sleep (Eric Whitacre)       
Five Childhood Lyrics (John Rutter)     
   Monday's Child                    
   The Owl and the Pussy-cat                 
   Windy Nights                     
   Matthew, Mark, Luke and John                 
   Sing a Song of Sixpence     

Directed by Grant Hutchinson

Music of Hope and Consolation

Sunday 12 August 2007 at 2.00 pm
ChristChurch Cathedral, Cathedral Square

Messe a Quatre Voix for two organs, soloists & choir (Camille Saint-Saëns)
Te Deum (Jean Langlais)  
Rejoice in the Lamb (Benjamin Britten) Conducted by Martin Setchell
Agnus Dei (Samuel Barber)
Lord, thou hast been our refuge (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

Soloists: Louis Cooke (treble), Louisa Pilkington (soprano), Robert Cross (countertenor),
Fernand Kenel (tenor),Valeriy Maksymov (bass)
Martin Setchell & Paul Ellis (organ)

Directed by Grant Hutchinson

Music for Passiontide I

Saturday, 24 March 2007 at 8.00 pm
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament (Barbadoes St, Christchurch)

Cantata no 4 "Christ lag in Todes Banden" (J S Bach)
Eleanor Sim (soprano),  Louisa Pilkington (contralto), Frank Carter (tenor),  Howard Harvey (bass)
Chorale: Christ lag in Todes Banden (J S Bach)
Chaconne for solo violin and voices (J S Bach arr Helga Thoene)
Cathy Irons (violin), Anna Partridge (soprano), Louisa Pilkington (contralto), Frank Carter (tenor)
Te Deum a 8 (Domenico Scarlatti)
Stabat Mater a 10  (Domenico Scarlatti)
Jubilate Singers & Orchestra (leader Cathy Irons)

Directed by Grant Hutchinson

Vivaldi: Gloria & Mozart: Solemn Vespers
Sunday, 19 November 2006 at 2.30 pm
Pre-concert talk at 2.00 pm by John Pattinson
ChristChurch Cathedral, Cathedral Square

Gloria (Antonio Vivaldi)
Ave verum corpus (W A Mozart)
Vesperae Solennes de Confessore K 339 (W A Mozart)

Eleanor Sim (soprano), Louisa Pilkington (contralto), Frank Carter (tenor), Howard Harvey (bass)
Jubilate Singers & Orchestra

Directed by Grant Hutchinson

Renaissance - Choral Masterpieces of the Golden Age
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Barbadoes St, Christchurch
Saturday 26 August 2006 at 8.00 pm
Pre-concert talk at 7.30 pm by John Ritchie

Chapel of St John of God
Sunday 27 August 2006 at 3.00 pm

Cantate Domino (Claudio Monteverdi)
Videte Miraculum (Thomas Tallis)
Hodie Christus Natus est (Jan Peeters Sweelinck)
Hodie Beata Virgo (Giovanni a Palestrina)
Mein junges Leben hat ein End’ (Jan Peeters Sweelink) Grant Bartley (organ)
Kyrie from Mass for Five Voices (William Byrd)
Crucifixus (Antonio Lotti)
Ricecare (Andrea Gabrieli) Grant Bartley (organ)
Miserere mei (Gregorio Allegri)
Ehre sei dir, Christe (Heinrich Schütz)
Gloria in excelsis Deo (Thomas Weelkes)
O, clap your hands together (Orlando Gibbons)
Suite: Entrée - Courante - Chant de ballet (Robert Ballard) Jonathan le Cocq (lute)   
Loquebantur variis linguis (Thomas Tallis)
Ave Maria (Robert Parsons)
Tu solus qui facis mirabilia (Josquin Desprez)
Beatus Vir (Claudio Monteverdi)

Debut concert with conductor Grant Hutchinson

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