Cho­ral con­cert hon­ours prince

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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, 361 1000, or at the door. Chil­dren un­der 14 are free.

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