Dalewool Auckland Brass, led by Nigel Weeks, took to the stage once more with The Graduate Choir NZ on Saturday 8th December for this eagerly anticipated annual event.
A larger crowd than 2011 (we estimate about 650) left little spare room in the beautiful Cathedral in Parnell.
The beautiful weather and Christmas event in the domain didn’t pull people away and this year’s Christmas concert was a very special occasion.
The band led the charge with several major works incuding Berlioz’s ‘Hungarian March’ and James Curnow’s epic ‘A Psalm of Praise’.
Christmas is a time for everyone to let their hair down and have some fun, so there were plenty of lighter numbers and a few singalongs too.
The audience favourites were ‘O Holy Night’ performed by Ern Keller Memorial Champion John Lewis on cornet (New Zealand audiences don’t give out standing ovations easily!) and bass trombone virtuoso Darrell Farley’s attempt at ‘Frosty the Snowman’ complete with scarf, questionable hat and plenty of laughs.
We mustn’t forget the amazing Graduate Choir NZ, their beautiful soft sound contrasting with the bands performance to wonderful effect. Herbert Howells ‘A Spotless Rose’ featuring Brian Mackay as baritone raised the most hairs on the back of necks, but there were many other moments too. Auckland is very luck to have such a talented choir in residence.
Band and choir (and audience!) came together as always for traditional carols and songs, and we challenge you to find a sound at this time of year that can stir the spirit more.
The date for 2013 is set for Saturday 7th December, see you there!