New Zealand’s premier symphonic choir
NZ’s premier symphonic choir
Thrilling audiences for seven decades
Tena Koe Welcome!
We’re often referred to as “the mighty Orpheus” because we bring the big choir experience — dramatic, spectacular, and emotionally charged performances of stunning choral music — to a wide variety of events. These include not just our own sell-out subscription series concerts but also festivals and pop concerts — think NZ’s biggest backing group. Our concerts are often recorded by Radio New Zealand.
Formed in 1947, our varied and sometimes surprising repertoire includes everything from the most loved works like Messiah and all the great Requiem Masses to forgotten or less known masterpieces such as Vaughan Williams spectacular Sea Symphony and James MacMillan’s emotionally devastating Seven Last Words from the Cross to Māori Waiata and Dave Dobbyn.
We are custodians of some of the greatest music ever written and we love to make it come alive for contemporary audiences of all ages and stages.
Some dates for your calendar
After an emotional and moving presentation of the beautiful and ever popular A German Requiem by Brahms, the first of our Singet! German Season, we will finally be setting our sights on the second concert in the series in the new year. Bach’s incredible Mass in B Minor is now scheduled for April 2023. We are very excited about performing the Mass after three COVID-related postponements. It is a work on an epic scale with five soloists, orchestra and a double choir in some movements. For more information and to buy tickets, go to Our Concerts Page.
We will be announcing our full 2023 concert programme later in the year.
As if that weren’t enough, we round out the year joining NZ Opera and Orchestra Wellington for two performances of Tim Finn’s haunting opera on 9 and 11 December at Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua.
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What the critics say
Peter Mechen, Middle C
John Button, Dominion Post/Stuff
Orpheus Choir Wellington
In action at the Michael Fowler Centre
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