Recent Reviews

St John Passion

On September 15, the Hamilton Civic Choir joined the St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra at St Peter’s Cathedral to perform the JS Bach St John Passion.

The baton moved and so did the orchestra, and an exquisitely balanced, sensitively tuned dynamically perfect sound emerged, lasted a few bars with a wee crescendo, the choir came in, and the world lit up.

Reviewer Sam Edwards wrote:

[. . .] nearly two unbroken hours of some of the best
choral singing with the most enriching orchestral interpretation to have been heard in this most appropriate venue.

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Of the same concert, reviewer Robert O’Hara named the concert “BACH AT IT’S BEST”

[. . .] conductor Timothy Carpenter … gave very polished direction from the podium.

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St John Passion with St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra

Faure Requiem

On October 14, the Hamilton Civic Choir combined with the choirs from St Paul’s Collegiate, Waikato Diocesan School, St Peter’s School and musicians from Civic Players to perform Gabriel Faure’s Requiem Mass.

This was a musical soiree with a difference. It had purpose, passion, a great deal of popular support, and real promise for the future of serious music in this country.

Reviewer Sam Edwards commented:

[. . .] the Sanctus particularly, produced stunning vocal dynamics which were supported by a most memorable and elegantly delivered duet of harp and violin. The choral range was huge. In addiiton to the Faure, arrangements of Maori waiata contrasted with Finzi and Kodaly, a collection of spirituals, and the oddball and utterly onomatopoeic experience which is Toto’s Africa.


Faure Requiem Schools Collaboration

Magical Mozart at Holy Trinity

On October 1st 2017, the Devonport Chamber Orchestra performed at the Holy Trinity Church in Auckland, featuring clarinetist Julia Cornfield and conductor Timothy Carpenter.

Conducted with great verve and panache by Timothy Carpenter, the orchestra revelled in the all-Mozart programme.

Reflecting on his role as a reviewer for many of the DCO’s performances in past years, Rogan Falla commented:

I find it really rewarding to see the orchestra playing such works with incredible technical skill and maturity.

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Devonport Chamber Orchestra – Magical Mozart

Cellist and Devonport Orchestra Thrill Audience

On July 30th 2017, the Devonport Chamber Orchestra performed Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme and Haydn’s Symphony #104 at Holy Trinity Church in Auckland, featuring cellist Paul van Houtte and conductor Timothy Carpenter.

The orchestra… conducted with sensitivity by Timothy Carpenter, was an equal partner in this charismatic and polished performance.

Reviewer Rogan Falla added:

Carpenter has conducted the DCO once previously and his leadership and strong musicality are a decided asset. He enjoys good rapport with the orchestra.

Timothy will also conduct the next DCO concert on Sunday October 1st, 2017.

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Cellist and Devonport Orchestra Thrill Audience

Popular Program Pleases Audience

The St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra performed a colourful program in May to the delight of Auckland adience members.

“The orchestra clearly enjoyed playing this music and conductor Timothy Carpenter drew the best out of them with minimal effort. “

The concert included performanes of  David Farquhar’s ‘Ring round the Moon’, Weber’s Bassoon Concerto in F featuring soloist Ben Hoadley, and Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony.

“The [Bassoon Concerto] got the thunderous reception that it rightfully deserved. A truly virtuoso performance by both soloist and conductor.”

Reviewer Robert O’Hara commended the performance immensely, writing:

“Conductor Timothy Carpenter’s direction of the orchestra in this work seemed effortless but most impressive.”

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Popular Program Pleases Audience

Going for Baroque

The Hamilton Civic Choir and the Opus Chamber Orchestra came together on Saturday 6th May, 2017 at the St Peter’s Cathedral in Hamilton for a concert titled “Going For Baroque”.

“This concert, which displayed the choir performing at a remarkable level, was indeed something to cherish.”

Featuring Handel’s well known ‘Zadok the Priest’, Bach’s Lutheran Mass in G Minor, and Vivaldi’s Gloria, the performance featured soloists from within the ranks of the choir itself.

“Without the existence of [the Department of Music at the University of Waikato]…We would not have had Zadok performed with such dramatic zest and technical command. We would not have experienced the extraordinary soundscapes of Vivaldi’s Gloria with its superbly under-wrought sensitivity and passion.”

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Going for Baroque

Something Glorious

The Hamilton Civic Choir were joined on July 10th 2017 in the St Peter’s Cathedral in Hamilton by soloists Eliza Boom, Kayla Collingwood, Filipe Manu, Jarvis Dams for an evening of works by Mozart and Schubert.

“The first notes of Schubert’s much-sung Mass No.2 in G filled the cathedral and the hearts of the audience. The vocal dynamics were perfectly matched to the rewarding but intense acoustic of the cathedral, the tuning perfect, the balance a licence to offer up a mental ‘wow!’ “

The choir and soloists performed to a packed audience, with the performance being delayed by 10 minutes due to a surge of last minute door sales.

“Clearly the choir was in the best form it had been for two years or more, and under the passionate and informed baton of Mr Carpenter,  beginning to produce a new timbre.”

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Something Glorious