HOKORUA 40 years of NZYC 2 CDs

New Zealand Youth Choir 1979 -2019

From Bruckner to Body, Mendelssohn to Mews, and Whitacre to Wehi, this double CD celebrates ensemble singing from the choral canon as much as the artistic voice of Aotearoa New Zealand’s composers

The New Zealand Youth Choir was founded in 1979 and the first national choir for this age group in the world. A sound and indeed a unique choral culture was created and nurtured for choral singing in New Zealand through this national choir. Only four Music Directors over four decades have passed on the legacy from decade to decade while evolving the sound and responding to shifts in music, New Zealand culture and our communities’ increasing diversity.

This album is an anthology, a historic record of this journey. From the very first concert in August 1979 in Upper Hutt to a 2019 live recording of a contemporary Maori waiata in Wellington, this is the musical story of our national youth choir and all the people who have sung in it, worked for it, funded and supported it and enjoyed it’s music.

Recordings included in this album were made in London, Vancouver, Freising (Germany), Salt Lake City, Texas, and many fine venues around New Zealand.


NZYC Live in London-DVD

NZYC Live in LONDON (2016) DVD/CD

New Zealand Youth Choir, conductor David Squire

The award-winning New Zealand Youth Choir infuses indigenous Maori waiata (song) and New Zealand compositions into a spine-tingling programme of choral music.'


Gaude / Rejoice (2004)

Tower New Zealand Youth Choir, conductor Dr Karen Grylls, Madeleine Pierard (Soprano); Jessica Wells (Alto); Albert Mataafa (Tenor); Ken Ryan (Baritone); Simon Baskerville (Bass); Robert Wiremu (Bass, Piano); James Tibbles (Piano); Victoria Holbrook

From early music to traditional songs and Elgar's Partsongs, this delightful CD has music to uplift the soul.

Deep River (2013)

New Zealand Youth Choir, conductor David Squire

Repackaged in a contemporary CD Card, the NZ Youth Choir’s ‘Deep River’ CD was recorded ‘live’ in 2013 by Radio NZ Concert at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Wellington.

Winds that Whisper (1998)

New Zealand Youth Choir, conductor Karen Grylls, Robert Wiremu (Baritone); Nicola Averill (French Horn); Erica Challis (French Horn)

A delightful compendium of NZ choral music.


Te Roopu Rangatahi Waiata o Aotearoa (1992)

New Zealand Youth Choir, conductor Karen Grylls

Beautiful recordings from the 1992 choir.