Orpheus Choir

Wellington

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.

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2022— It's going to be bigger than Ben Hur!

Two mighty self-presented concerts

We’re keeping everything crossed that we will finally be able to present Bach’s incredible Mass in B Minor, the first concert in our German Seasonn in April. The second, in September, is the beautiful and ever-popular A German Requiem by Brahms.

Featuring Orchestra Wellington, a stellar line up of soloists and conducted by Brent Stewart, these concerts will be an experience not to be missed.

For more information and to buy tickets go to Our Concerts Page.

Four other major outings and a couple of community events

These are still under wraps, but we can promise you some compelling collaborations and wonderful music.

We’ll be releasing details of these before the end of the year, so watch this space.   

What the critics say

Percussion-driven Carmina Burana with the Orpheus Choir a triumph — a feeling of being immersed in an oceanic surge from all concerned of total and utter commitment to the music.

…I thought the chorus work among the best I’d ever heard in a “live” Messiah performance

Peter Mechen, Middle C

A packed Cathedral was here treated to a concert of variety and solid achievement…. the choir sang beautifully, and the halo effect of the Cathedral’s acoustics suited it ideally.

John Button, Dominion Post/Stuff

Orpheus Choir Wellington

In action at the Michael Fowler Centre

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If you would like to join the choir we encourage you to register
your interest in auditioning.

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