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New Zealand Youth Choir and Gondwana Chorale

Joined by the Aotearoa NZ Academy Choir


Aotearoa NZ Academy Choir

Kyrie and Gloria from Missa Semplice - David Hamilton

Geistliches Lied, Op. 30 - Johannes Brahms


New Zealand Youth Choir

 - To be selected from the following - 

Os Justi - Anton Bruckner

Cantus Missae, Op.109 - Josef Rheinberger

Gaudeamus Omnes - Marek Raczyński

The Woman with the Alabaster Box - Arvo Pärt

De Profundis - Ildebrando Pizzetti

Hymne au Soleil - Lili Boulanger

Aliluya - Evhen Stankovych (Ukraine)

Luz Última - David Hamilton

Childhood - Jenny McLeod

How do you keep the music playing? - Michel Legrand, arr. Alexander L’Estrange

They say it’s Wonderful - Irving Berlin, arr. Steve Zegree

The Passing of the Year - Jonathan Dove

Das ist meine Freude - Johann Ludwig Bach

Six Chansons - Paul Hindemith

In Youth is Pleasure - Herbert Howells

The Battle of Jericho - Arr. Moses Hogan

We will remember them - Edward Elgar

Ka waiata ki a Maria - Richard Puanaki

Oculi omnium - Charles Wood

Kua rongo - Te Whānau Wehi

E Te Ariki - David Hamilton

Missa: Et ecce terre motus - Antoine Brumel


Gondwana Chorale

 - To be selected from the following - 

A Country Mile - Naomi Crellin

The Church at Auvers - Luke Byrne

Kalkadunga Yurdu - William Barton

Sunrise on the Coast (from 'An Australian Song Cycle') - Joe Twist

We Dance - Dominic di Orio

Words about Wine - Alice Chance

Gaudeamus Omnes - William Byrd

Earthsong - Frank Ticheli

Written in the Sars (mvt 1) - Sally Whitwell

Ubi Caritas - Michael John Trotta

About the choirs



About The New Zealand Youth Choir

The New Zealand Youth Choir has achieved considerable success since its formation in 1979. Performances in New Zealand and eleven international tours including visits to the UK, Europe, Canada, USA, Australia, Singapore, Russia, the Republic of Korea and China have firmly established its reputation for consistency, energy and excellence. The Choir is comprised of around fifty 18 to 25-year-old singers and operates on a 3-year audition cycle.

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About Gondwana Chorale – Australia’s national youth choir

Australia’s national youth choir, Gondwana Chorale, was established in 2008. Its members come from throughout Australia and range in age from 17 – 26. They perform music that is close to their hearts: new Australian works which capture the mystery and grandeur of our land and display the cultural diversity of the Australian people. The work of the choir is a powerful expression of the determination of young Australians to work together to create extraordinary musical ensembles.

The sound of Gondwana Chorale is vibrant and energetic, indicative of their intensive rehearsal process and the joy of being together. The choir has performed nationally in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Tasmania. International tours have included New Zealand (2011) and UK and France (2013). In 2015 the choir formed the Gondwana Centenary Chorale with young singers from and Turkey, France and New Zealand to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign, giving the world premiere of James Ledger’s War Music with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

In 2017 Gondwana Chorale toured the USA for the first time, collaborating and performing with host choirs USC Chamber Singers, Redlands Chapel Singers, Stanford Chamber Chorale, Temple University Concert Choir and Boston City Singers. In 2019, the choir toured to England, presenting a recital in the Chapel of Trinity College Cambridge and to the Baltic States, collaborating with E Stuudio in Estonia, Koris Maska in Riga and Choras Ažuoliukas in Vilnius. In 2022, the choir appeared at Festival of Voices in Hobart to present a program of Australian works.

The choir is conducted by Paul Holley OAM, Artistic Director of Voices of Birralee (Queensland) and Carl Crossin OAM, Head Vocal, Choral and Conducting Studies at the Elder Conservatorium of Music (South Australia).


About Aotearoa NZ Academy Choir

Founded in 2017 as an extension of Choirs Aotearoa’s ‘Reserves’ initiative, the Aotearoa New Zealand Academy Choir traces its roots to the fostering of exceptional vocal talents narrowly missed by the NZ Secondary Students’ Choir or NZ Youth Choir. From its inception, the Reserves program united these singers, cultivating their vocal prowess and musicianship through dedicated training, and enriching their artistic journey with a diverse repertoire. In 2021 they sang alongside our other national choirs on a triumphant public presentation of Carmina Burana.

Drawing members from all corners of Aotearoa, this new ensemble offers participants opportunities for vocal and musical development. The singers are guided by accomplished conductors, vocal coaches, and specialists, the Academy Choir’s members also gain access to an array of online learning resources. The culmination of their journey is a year-end concert, showcasing the culmination of rigorous training, expertise, and artistry that aligns them with their fellow national choirs.


Artistic Staff

New Zealand Youth Choir

There’s nothing more uplifting than the sounds of young people singing during the festive season. Since 2006, Voices of Angels has been a highlight of Sydney’s cultural calendar, and this year the performance will take place under the sails of the iconic Sydney Opera House. Bask in the divine sounds of The Sydney Children’s Choir, joined by choristers from across Australia forming the Gondwana National Choirs. Hear Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece, A Ceremony of Carols, conducted by Lyn Williams AM with harpist Genevieve Lang. Amongst the other works on the program is composer Sam Weiss’ There Are Always Miracles as inspired by Eddie Jaku. And as the glorious finale, enjoy the premiere of Jessica Wells’ astounding new work, Hope is the thing with feathers. Photo by Robert Catto, on Wednesday 14 December, 2022. Please credit & tag the photographer when images are used - @robertcatto on Instagram & Twitter, @robertcattophotographer on Facebook.

DAVID SQUIRE is one of New Zealand’s most prominent conductors. A founding member and current chair of the NZ Association of Choral Directors, he is also a national conducting advisor and tutor, and a Board member for the NZ Choral Federation.

Graduating from the University of Auckland with a Master of Music degree with first class honours, David has sung with many top choirs in New Zealand, including the Auckland Dorian Choir, Auckland Chamber Choir and NZYC. He was also a founding member of Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir and the V8 Vocal Ensemble.

David has taught music in secondary schools for 30 years, directing choirs, orchestras and bands, including many groups that have won local, national and international awards.  David also takes workshops and professional development courses throughout the country. David is often involved in session and recording work, including a tour with George Benson as backing vocalist in 2010. He was the choral adjudicator and clinician at the Rhapsody Rotorua festival for four years.
In 2011 he directed training workshops for choirs singing the anthems at the Rugby World Cup, and then conducted anthem choirs at 7 matches. In 2017 he was the guest conductor for the mixed honour choir at the AMIS Choral Festival in Abu Dhabi. Since 2018 he has been the choral director of the annual ISCMS festival in China. In 2019 he served on the jury for the 1st Asia Choral Grand Prix in Manila, Philippines.

In 2011 he was awarded a New Zealander of the Year Local Heroes Medal for services to music education.

Michael Stewart

MICHAEL STEWART is one New Zealand’s leading choral conductors and organists. He is Organist and Director of Music at the Wellington Cathedral of St. Paul, Deputy Music Director of the New Zealand Youth Choir, and Music Director of acclaimed early music choir The Tudor Consort. Michael holds a Bachelor of Music degree with First Class Honours from the University of Canterbury and a Master of Music degree from McGill University. He has recorded for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and is a frequent contributor to Radio New Zealand Concert. Since becoming Music Director of The Tudor Consort in 2007, Michael has led critically-acclaimed performances of Handel’s Messiah, Israel in Egypt and J S Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and has prepared them for several performances of Handel’s Messiah with the NZSO. In 2021 Michael prepared Voices New Zealand for a performance of Brahms’ Schicksalslied. He is a past member of both the New Zealand Youth Choir and Voices New Zealand.


MORAG ATCHISON has firmly established herself as one of New Zealand’s leading sopranos and pedagogues. She studied at the University of Auckland and the Royal Academy of Music (London), and was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier and Royal Over-Seas League Competitions. She has performed many operatic roles including Lady-in-waiting, Macbeth; Berta, The Barber of Seville; First Lady, Magic Flute (NZ Opera); Helmwige, Die Walküre; Blumenmädchen, Parsifal (NZSO ); Inez, Il Trovatore; Fourth Maid, Elektra (APO); Annina, La Traviata (English Touring Opera) and Sandrina, La Finta Giardiniera (Opera Unleashed, Hamilton Festival). Morag’s concert engagements include performances of the Britten War Requiem (CSO); Mozart Requiem (Voices NZ and Wellington Sinfonia); Handel’s Messiah (VNZ and WS; Auckland Choral); Missa Pacifica, David Hamilton, world premiere (Auckland Choral); Verdi Requiem (Bach Musica); Tippett A Child of our Time (NZYC and NZSO-NYO); and Beethoven Ah! Perfido (APO and Manukau Symphony). In 2018 Morag travelled to England, France, Germany, and Spain as part of Voices New Zealand’s European tour and was a soloist on the soundtrack for the major motion-picture Mortal Engines.

Morag is a Senior Lecturer in Voice at the University of Auckland, is a vocal tutor the Auckland Chamber Choir, and since 2008 has been a vocal consultant for the acclaimed New Zealand Youth Choir. In 2013 Morag was awarded a doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Auckland, the first DMA in vocal studies from a New Zealand University and in 2019 was elected as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM).

Gondwana Chorale


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

Paul is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where he studied choral conducting with Dr John Nickson.

Paul is the Artistic Director of Voices of Birralee and conducts several ensembles including the Birralee Blokes and Resonance of Birralee. In 2006, the Birralee Blokes won the ABC Classic FM Choir of the Year competition before performing to acclaim at the 3rd International Male Voice Festival in Cornwall in 2007. In 2012 they were awarded Choir of the World at Kathaumixw in Canada. Resonance of Birralee, a youth choir for young adults has toured nationally and internationally and in 2008, were gold medallists at the World Choir Games in Graz, Austria. Resonance has since gone on to make several recordings and performed many times with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Pops Orchestra..

Paul is also the co-conductor of the national youth choir Gondwana Chorale that in early 2019 performed in the UK, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and previously toured to the USA and France.

As a choral educator Paul is dedicated to excellence in choral education and regularly features as guest conductor/clinician at festivals, conferences and music competitions throughout Australia. He also contributed a chapter to the book Male Voices: Stories of boys learning through making music (S D Harrison, Ed, 2009, ACER). In January 2016, Paul was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to choral music.


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.

Aotearoa NZ Academy Choir

Rowan is a freelance choral conductor and clinician who has recently relocated with his whānau from Auckland to Wellington. He has just finished as Musical Director for the Auckland Youth Choir, Director of Choirs at Holy Trinity Cathedral Auckland and Musical Director of the internationally acclaimed school choir Choralation from Westlake Girls and Boys High Schools. Rowan is also an Associate Conductor for Voices NZ Chamber Choir and a National Choral Mentor for the New Zealand Choral Federation.

Along with being recently appointed to the Aotearoa NZ Academy Choir co-Directorship, he also begins this year conducting the Wellington Youth Choir, Seraphim at Chilton St James School and the Scots College Chamber Choir. He is a regular guest conductor at the Gondwana National Choral School in Australia and is in much demand as a conductor, adjudicator and clinician nationally and internationally. Under his leadership, Choralation was placed 1st in the Mixed Choir category at the Summa Cum Laude International Music Festival in Vienna, Austria.

As a singer, Rowan is a member of the Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir.


A passionate musician, award-winning conductor, and internationally respected educator, adjudicator and clinician, Elise Bradley served for many years as the Head of Department Music at Westlake Girls’ High School in Auckland, New Zealand. She founded and conducted the school’s renowned treble choir, Key Cygnetures from 1991-2007, and directed the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir from 2001-2007, both of which won numerous national and international awards. She was also a soloist and member of New Zealand’s National Chamber Choir, Voices New Zealand from 1998 – 2010. In January 2018, Ms. Bradley was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM), an honour awarded in recognition of her services to Music.

Elise repatriated home to New Zealand at the end of 2021, after 14½ years as the Artistic Director of the Toronto Children’s Chorus. During her tenure, the Chorus recorded professionally, commissioned Canadian compositions, collaborated with numerous international and national artists, and represented Toronto on nine international and four national tours. She also produced a virtual recording for the ACDA National Conference in 2021 and for the Hong Kong World Choral Festival in 2022. The Chorus is internationally recognized for the high standard of its performances, and for its challenging repertoire which spans diverse cultures, languages, and traditions. Its latest CD, Sounzscapes: From Our Lands, directed by Elise Bradley, was named the most Outstanding Choral Recording by Choral Canada in 2014.

In addition to her work as Artistic Director of the Toronto Children’s Chorus, Ms. Bradley received many invitations to conduct, adjudicate choirs, and present at conferences around the globe, including recently the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music (Spain), Dozan wa Awtar (Jordan), the inaugural New Zealand National Children’s Choir (Auckland, NZ), the IFCM World Choral Expo (Macau), Gondwana Voices (Australia), Orientale Concentus (Singapore), Crystal Children’s Choir (United States), Carnegie Hall, (United States), and Hong Kong Inter-School Choral Festival (China). She has also been invited to present at the World Choral Symposium in Turkey in April 2023.

Since her return to New Zealand, Elise has co-founded the company “Choral DirectioNZ” and the New Zealand Children’s Choral Academy, and has completed a number of Kodály Music Certificates in preparation for her return to the primary music classroom as part of the Creatives in Schools initiatives. She is currently the Music Director of the Hamilton Civic Choir, Nota Bella Junior Choir at Westlake Girls’ High School, Leonessa at Takapuna Grammar School, Ficino Primary Choirs, Kristin ‘Noteworthy’ Choir and she conducts the Chiron Choir for the Chiron Music Academy.

Ms. Bradley is dedicated to inspiring young singers through the study of the choral art, and to helping build not only their musical abilities, but also their self-confidence and life skills. Through music, she believes that they also learn about leadership and responsibility while experiencing the special joys and friendships that participation in the choir provides.

History of the New Zealand Youth Choir

1979: The ‘National Youth Choir’ of New Zealand is founded by Guy Jansen. As Music Director he invites Peter Godfrey as Guest Conductor.

1982: NYC performs at Wembley with Kiri Te Kanawa during their first international tour.

1983: Prof Peter Godfrey is appointed Music Director.

1988: During the 2nd international tour to Europe NYC wins Best Choir at the International Festival of Youth and Music in Vienna and two second places at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.

1989: Karen Grylls became Music Director.

1999 NYC celebrates its 20th anniversary in Wellington with a concert with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

One of the Choir’s greatest achievements was winning the ‘Choir of the World’ title at the International Music Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales. A week later they won the ‘Grand Prix Slovakia’. The tour also included Ireland, the Czech Republic, Vienna, London and Singapore.

2001: Now renamed New Zealand Youth Choir, the Choir undertook an international tour to Texas, USA.

2004: On their tour of Europe, the NZYC achieved highest marks in several categories at the 43rd Int. Choral Competition in Gorizia, Italy. The Choir recorded a new CD, Gaude, which was released to critical acclaim in June.

2005: Gaude was nominated as finalist in the Best Classical Album category at the 2005 NZ Music Awards.

2007: NZYC returned from an award-winning tour through Canada, the UK and Spain, having taken podium placings at two International Choral Competitions in Llangollen, Wales and Cantonigros, Spain, including winning the Mixed Choir category.

2009: was NZYC’s 30th Anniversary. The Choir toured to Invercargill, Gore, Dunedin, Kapiti, Palmerston, Wellington, Warkworth and Auckland, reinforcing its truly national nature.

2010: On its international NZYC performs at the World Expo in Shanghai, Singapore, Seoul, Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney.

2011: David Squire became Music Director.

2013: At the end of 2013 the Choir undertook a much acclaimed three-week tour of the USA and Canada performing in Los Angeles, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Boston, New York and Washington.

2014: In February NZYC performed in the NZ Festival in Wellington – ‘…this concert was a timely reminder of the quality of choral singing we have in this country.’ Dominion Post

2016: During its 2016 European Landmark Tour, NZYC won the GRAND PRIX at the 2016 IFAS in Pardubice Czech Republic and also all four categories it competed in.

2019: 40th anniversary celebrations including joint anniversary concert with National Youth Orchestra, anniversary concert with Voices New Zealand. Release of double CD 'Hokorua' – 40 years of NZYC.

Pacific Tour to Fiji, Tonga, Niue, New Caledonia and Sydney.

2020: This NZYC starts its three-year cycle

NZYC sings at the Prime Minister’s reception at the state opening of parliament.

2021: Tour of the north and south of NZ, including Whangārei and Greymouth.

2022: Performances with Eric Whitacre, Carmina Burana with the other national choirs & concerts around the country.

Tour of Australia.

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