The North Island Choral Society’s Spring Concert dates are April 13th and 14th 2018

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NICS Ends Successful 34th Season

 “I have been attending for years and this is the best concert you have ever done”.  “The orchestra blended perfectly with the choir and the Gounod’s Saint Cecilia Mass was just beautiful.”

These comments echo the sentiments of those who attended the recent concert of The North Island Choral Society. Its season ended with an outstanding performance by the 73-member choir and the 24-member orchestra under the direction of Paul Colthorpe.  The program featured works by Couperin, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Gounod.  The orchestra’s rendition of Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune was particularly memorable, with the flutes taking the lead and the violins adding to the ethereal effect.

Gounod’s solemn mass performed in the second half, featured well-known soloists soprano Carol Anne Parkinson and baritone Christopher Bellamy accompanied by tenor Brian Lawrence whose rich voices complemented the choir when they sang mainly as an ensemble without individual arias.  Colthorpe is to be commended for his choice of music for this performance as well as the previous two concerts in the fall of 2017.  This was a first for the choir as they presented both a Remembrance Day program and a Christmas performance of the Sing-along Messiah, all of which contributed to a successful 2017-18 season.  As one of the few choirs locally presenting classical choral music accompanied by an orchestra, this comment by a visitor to the valley says it all: “We thought the choir and orchestra were touring from out of town, as they were so professional.”

Our Christmas Concert will be November 30th and December 1st.

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