Choral concert honours prince
An upcoming concert will celebrate the birth of a prince and support the Auckland City Mission’s Christmas appeal.
The Auckland Welsh Choir, in its annual collaboration with the Devonport Chamber Orchestra, will perform a concert called Music for a Prince at St Matthews-in-the-City on November 23 at 3pm.
The concert will showcase the famous anthems Handel wrote for the coronation of King George II and his wife Caroline almost 300 years ago.
Lullabies and favourites from the choir’s cornerstone Welsh repertoire will be performed for the future 23rd Prince of Wales, the new Prince George of Cambridge.
The concert will support the City Mission’s Christmas appeal.
Christmas is the Mission’s busiest time of year. In 2012, more than 2500 food parcels were distributed, 5000 children received Christmas presents and 2500 attended Christmas lunch.
The Auckland Welsh Choir is led by musical director Diana Williams Rhodes, assistant musical director Steven Rapana and chairman Philip Morgan Rees.
New Zealand’s Welsh population is small but substantial – according to the 2006 census, more than 6700 New Zealand residents were born in Wales, which has a population of just over 3 million, including 560,000 Welsh speakers.
There are approximately 720,000 people in the world fluent in Welsh, including 1080 in New Zealand. What: The Auckland Welsh Choir’s Coronation Anthems When: Saturday 23 November, 3pm Where: St Matthews-in-theCity, 187 Federal St, Auckland Tickets: $25 plus service fee at iticket.co.nz, 361 1000, or at the door. Children under 14 are free.