"Hokorua" - NZ Youth Choir 40th Anniversary Concert

1.00pm "Hokorua" - NZ Youth Choir 40th Anniversary Concert

2019 was a significant year for the New Zealand Youth Choir – their 40th birthday.

They celebrated with their first ever tour of the Pacific – taking music back to communities that had provided so much in the development of the choir over the years, both in terms of music and singers to sing it.

Before jumping on the boat (the easiest and cheapest way to do a tour of several islands is via a cruise ship), the choir gave a concert in Auckland’s Holy Trinity Cathedral. And the concert was a birthday celebration in itself. Voices New Zealand joined in. Also, the invitation went out to any alumni of the choir who could make it. At the end of the concert the massed voices provided a bracket of items.

They called the concert Hokorua ... an alternative word in Te Reo Māori for "forty".

Programme:

NZ Youth Choir/David Squire
PARRY, Ben: Flame
LASSUS: Aurora lucis rutilat
MENDELSSOHN: Kyrie & Heilig
RECIO, Matthew: How to Survive Vesuvius
BRAHMS: O schöne Nacht, from Four Quartets Op 92

Voices NZ/Karen Grylls
ETE, Igelese: Nova, Nova
RITCHIE, A: Es ist ein Ros
DE CASTRO-ROBINSON: Star of Wonder
HAMILTON: Quittez pasteurs
WIREMU: Hodie Christus natus est

NZ Youth Choir/David Squire
TRAD Samoan arr Sammy Seau: Ua lolongo
TRAD Niuean arr Denzel Panama: Tau Fanau Vave Mai Kia Keriso
WEHI, Tuirina arr Wiremu: Waerenga-a-Hika
TRAD Fijian arr Siliva Gaugatao: Isa Isa Vulagi Lasa Dina
WEHI WHANAU: Kua rongo

NZ Youth Choir, Voices NZ & Alumni/David Squire, Karen Grylls
LASSUS: Jubilate Deo
PEARSALL: Great God of love
TRAD arr James Erb: Shenandoah
PUANAKI: Ka Waiata
WOODS arr Jansen: God defend New Zealand

Recorded by RNZ Concert in Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland, 6 December 2019
Producer: Tim Dodd; Engineer: Adrian Hollay