This is a unique opportunity to see a world-famous youth choir which has sung for presidents in the past. They perform all over the world and with famous artists as Paul McCartney and Leonard Cohen. As part of their NZ South Island tour they are performing in the St Mary's Pro-Cathedral on Saturday December 15 and in Waiau, North Canterbury in the Community Hall and Library on December 21.
Most choristers are between 7 and 20 years old. The boys and girls live within the wide vicinity of Oosterhout, The Netherlands.
Each year the choir appears in a variety of national and international concerts and festivals, including some in renowned venues. The concert choir has undertaken many successful tours. In recent years they have visited Germany, Canada, the United States, Denmark, Norway, the Czech Republic, Poland, England, Spain, Austria, Siberia, South Africa, Russia, Albania and Ireland.
The choir’s unique sound is partly due to the presence of ‘boy alto’s’ (male choristers going through a voice change). This lends a particular charm and colour to the many four and five-part pieces.
The Nightingales have an extensive classical repertoire, an important part of which are motets.
The concert repertoire also includes fragments from operas and operettas. For a lighter programme they have a variety of songs at their disposal, such as songs from musicals or songs that were taken home from other countries.
The choir performs songs in no less than 15 different languages.
The Nightingales are regularly invited to participate in special, large-scale musical events, such as C. Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, classical concerts in concert hall De Doelen in Rotterdam, Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio, Honegger’s Une Cantate de Noël.
Hosted by the Netherlands Society Christchurch
Sponsored by: John Jones Steel Ltd and Opzeeland