Into the Music Together – With special guests

30 Sep 2023

Choral kōrero in Auckland


30 Sep 2023

6:30pm, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, Auckland

$Free with your concert ticket

Before the upcoming concert with the NZ Youth Choir, Gondwana Chorale and the Aotearoa NZ Academy Choir, we will host a conversation with Music Directors David Squire, Carl Crossin, Elise Bradley, Rowan Johnston, Paul Holley and more. This is your chance to dive into the music with a chance to kōrero, ask questions, and learn a bit about the process behind these national youth choirs.


David Squire - NZ Youth Choir

David Squire is one of New Zealand’s most prominent conductors, and Music Director of the New Zealand Youth Choir. Chair of the New Zealand Association of Choral Directors, he is also a national conducting advisor and tutor, and a governance board member of the New Zealand Choral Federation. He is also a national conducting advisor and tutor, and in 2016 he led the NZ Youth Choir to win the Grand Prix at IFAS in the Czech Republic.


Carl Crossin OAM (Adelaide, SA) – Gondwana Chorale

Carl Crossin is an Australian choral conductor, educator and composer. He is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the University of Adelaide. He was director of the Elder Conservatorium of Music in the University of Adelaide in 2010-14. Crossin founded the Adelaide Chamber Singers in 1985, and as director he has toured with them to Britain, Europe, North America and South-East Asia, won several awards for performance and CD recordings, and represented Australia in international choral and music education symposia and festivals. As well, Crossin and the Adelaide Chamber Singers have embarked on a program of commissioning and presenting new choral music. Over his career, Carl has conducted the Adelaide Symphony Chorus, the Intervarsity Choral Festival, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, the Melbourne Chorale and Gondwana Chorale.


Paul Holley OAM (Brisbane, Qld) – Gondwana Chorale

Paul Holley is a choral conductor and music educator. His personal warmth and passion for choral music have inspired many singers to discover and develop their skills as choral musicians. With over 25 years of teaching experience in schools and many years of working with instrumentalists and singers Paul knows how to connect with people of all ages and enjoys collaborating with them in the music making process.

Presently, Paul is the Artistic Director of Voices of Birralee a community youth and children’s choir organisation based in Brisbane. He conducts two of the signature choirs the Birralee Blokes and Resonance of Birralee. Both of these ensembles have toured nationally and internationally, won several competitions, made numerous recordings and supported community events. He is also the co-conductor of the national youth choir Gondwana Chorale. In addition to these roles, Paul is a workshop presenter, choral clinician, guest conductor and mentor to younger conductors. He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in January 2016 for his services to choral music.