Auckland Welsh Choir sing Elgar and Mendelssohn to warm up a chilly June afternoon

Thursday 7 June 2012, 12:03PM
By Alexander PR


The Auckland Welsh Choir present an exciting and varied mid-winter programme, ‘An Enigmatic Connection’ featuring music by Elgar and Mendelssohn with other motets and songs for a mid-winter Christmas. The programme includes well known Mendelssohn melodies such as “Hear my Prayer”, selections from Elijah and some ravishing music by Elgar including “My love dwells in a Northern Land”.

The concert will feature English Organist Myles Hartley. Myles moved to New Zealand in February 2012 and is already making an impression on the New Zealand choir music scene.  He has worked with choirs across the UK, performing as the organist of Campion Hall, Oxford and recording CDs with the Choirs of Worcester and Pembroke College. A youthful harp ensemble led by Anne Dunwoodie will also feature in the performance. 

The audience should expect to take a journey of discovery, learning the enigmatic connection between Elgar and New Zealand, although the cognoscenti in the audience may already know. All will be revealed on the day at the revered St Barnabas Church.  The church only holds around 200 people so early booking is essential.

Auckland Welsh Choir will be donating all profits to St Barnabas Church.

What: The Auckland Welsh Choir’s Enigmatic Connections of Elgar and Mendelssohn
When: 3pm, Saturday, 16 June 2012
Where: St Barnabas Church, cnr Mount Eden Road and Bellevue Road, Auckland
Tickets: $25. Phone (09) 361 1000, visit (incurs service fee), or at the door (children under 14 are free). 
Note: The church heated, however it is recommend you take your own cushion.

Concessions are available for student rush and group bookings.


About the Auckland Welsh Choir

Côr Cymreig Auckland, our own Welsh Choir, is proud to be associated with the Welsh musical tradition and to maintain a generous slice of Welsh music and language as a cornerstone of the choir's existence in New Zealand. 

The Choir is an accomplished 40 strong, four part, mixed choir. The musical repertoire ranges from its cornerstone Welsh to the lyrical and sacred, performed in English, Welsh, Latin and German, and sung a capella, accompanied and with orchestra.  To check out the choir see contact us on  Rehearsals are on Thursday, St Barnabas Church, Mt Eden, 7.30pm.

Concerts are community fundraising based, providing a platform for established musicians as well as up and coming young performers, soloists and choristers. We aim for concerts of variety and style, up to six in any one year, and these take place throughout the country.



About Myles Hartley

Organist Myles Hartley moved to New Zealand in February 2012 and is already making an impression on the New Zealand choir music scene.  He has worked extensively with choirs across the UK, was the organist of Campion Hall, Oxford, and has recorded CDs with the Choirs of Worcester and Pembroke College. He recorded two solo CDs at Harris Manchester, including the recently released disc by Priory Records: the Organ works of John Ireland and Grayston Ives.

In New Zealand Myles has accompanied concerts with the Graduate Choir of New Zealand as a pianist and, as an organist, has accompanied services at the Church of St Matthew-in-the-City, and the Cathedrals of Holy Trinity and St. Patrick.