This Is Christmas

Since they joined us for the 2015 Christmas concert the Auckland Youth choir have established themselves a serious contributor to the Auckland Music scene. Following a large number of the choir travelling to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall in February they returned to undertake an extremely successful set of concerts starting with May’s “M” – the music of Mews, Marshall, Mealor, Mendelssohn and Matthews. Then again at St Mathews in the City they delivered a series of pieces from Durufle, Lauridsen and Faure’s Requiems.

We are delighted to share the 2016 Dalewool Christmas Concert with this fine young choir and know that you will enjoy a fantastically rich and diverse selection for brass and choir at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. Steve Miles directs his first Christmas Concert with the band and will no doubt continue the legacy of fine music for the festive season. Dalewool Auckland Youth band is performing from 6.15pm.

Please note the earlier start time of 7.00pm

Buy/reserve tickets for our most popular concert of the year now!

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Where: Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Parnell
When: Saturday 3 December 2016, 7.00pm
Cost: Adults $25, Seniors $20, Children $10

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Upcoming Events

Pre-contest Concert

In preparation of the upcoming National Brass Band Championships 2015 in Rotorua, Dalewool Brass is happy to invite you to a pre-contest concert.

The Band will be playing its Test Piece, the Hymn, the Own Choice piece and the music to be played in the “Band of the Year”.

When:
Monday 6th July 2015 at 8pm

Where:
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Hall
1 St Albans Ave
Mt Eden

Entry – by gold coin donation.

Celtic Class

June saw the revival of our Celtic themed concerts at the new venue (and much enjoyed!) Dorothy Winstone Theatre at Auckland Girls Grammar School.

We were joined by a number of young dancers from The Doyle Academy of Irish Dance who wowed the audience with fancy footwork and accompanied the band through the thrilling Finale from Riverdance.

Highlights were plenty and included major work The Hymn of the Highlands and Principal Trombone Mike Ashton’s performance of The Blue Bells Scotland. I’m sure many people did not know a trombone could play so many notes! Ken Cant performed a wonderful duet with the harp on his euphonium.

The crowd was extremely enthusiastic and our dancers found the energy to reprise Riverdance once more as an encore. Look forward to this concert back again in 2015!

Cancer Society Last Night of The Proms 2014

Where: Vodafone Events Centre, Genesis Energy Theatre, 770 Great South Road
When: Thursday 25th September 2014, 7:30pm 
Cost: Adults $30, Seniors (65+) $20, Students $10
Secure parking available at the venue for $4.50

Supporting The New Zealand Cancer Society this concert will celebrate everything British and royal. Pack your union flags and bring your best singing voices for ‘Land Of Hope And Glory’. It will all be here, ‘Pomp And Circumstance’, ‘Jerusalem’ and all of the other classics from the Royal Albert Hall.

NZ’s top soprano singer Gina Sanders will be on hand to help you out with the singing. Renowned internationally as one of the finest female voices, she is worth the ticket price alone!

Musical Director Nigel Weeks has chosen a few numbers from left-field also to make sure this will be a night to remember. Family fun doesn’t get any better!

Get behind a great cause and a great band!

You can purchase tickets online via TicketDirect, from 0800 224 224 or on the door while seats remain.

Free Pre-Contest Concert

Where: Hawkins Theatre, Ray Small Drive, Papakura
When: Monday 7th July, 8:00pm – approx 9:30pm
Cost: Free

Refreshments after: Dalewool Bandroom – 98 Captain Springs Road, Onehunga

On Monday 7th July Dalewool Auckland Brass is proud to present a free showcase of our music for the National Brass Band Championships, this year held in Invercargill later that week.

Like previous years, this is your chance to hear the band at its very best. MD Nigel Weeks has worked the players extremely hard to get one better than last year’s 2nd place.

You will have the opportunity to listen to our two major works, the sacred item and a few other bits and pieces. Nigel Weeks will talk about each piece in detail and show you how the tricky parts are rehearsed.

This is an informal event with free entry. There is lots of free parking at the venue. While no refreshments are available at the venue all of our supporters are invited back to the bandroom afterwards to mingle with the band and join us for a glass of wine/beer/juice.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Our Anzac Weekend

2014anzacA few years ago we started our Anzac themed concerts and they are going from strength to strength with the audience at both venues (Onehunga and Orewa) steadily growing. Combining this with the Anzac Day parade and service and we have a very busy weekend!

This year we assembled at the parade start looking up at dull grey skies, hoping the rain would hold off. Drying a brass instrument is a big job! Led by Mike Chesnutt (NZ Army Band) we guided Onehunga’s veterans and community groups to the RSA, the skies opening just as we stepped inside.

The service itself was extremely well attended and Ross Gerritsen took the band and audience through the hymns while Nigel Weeks enjoyed a well-deserved holiday overseas. The scariest moment for brass players on Anzac Day is always the last post. It’s not easy to play something so simple, all on your own with so many eyes on you! Rhys McDonnell didn’t let anybody down though with a perfect rendition.

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On the Saturday and Sunday we performed our concerts with guest Musical Director David Chaulk. David is an excellent brass conductor with a slightly different approach to Nigel, the experience is interesting for the band and audience alike. The music chosen was mostly from the world war eras, Glen Miller, other popular music and marches. ‘Mars, The Bringer Of War’ from ‘The Planets’ by Gustav Holst was a major, more serious offering that gave the audience something to think about and pushed the players to extremes of technique and volume.

These concerts are written in blood in our calendar now, we look forwards to seeing you there in 2015!

In Close Harmony

Where: Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland
When: Sunday 30th March 2:00pm
Cost: Adults $30, Seniors $20, Students $10

The first concert of the year for Dalewool Auckland Brass will see us together with the Greater Auckland Chorus, a nationally renowned choir of 80+ singers in the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna. Come early and get a spot of lunch before we start!

The Greater Auckland Chorus is led by Master Director, Melody Lowe, supported by Associate Director, Jocosa Bruce, and consists of 80+ members from the Greater Auckland district, and beyond – as far north as the Bay Of Islands and as far south as Ngaruawahia.

In 2013, GAC represented New Zealand at the Sweet Adelines International convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, after winning a 2012 wild card entry by being one of the top five second place choruses in the world during the regional round of competitions. The chorus has now competed seven times at international level and is ranked in the top 30 choruses world-wide, each time it competes.

Three other award-winning vocal groups will also be performing – Macapella, Molto! Quartet and Bakers Dozen.

Sorry, due to restrictions at the venue we are not able to offer our ticket reservation service.

Tickets available from ticketmaster or at the door.