Our concerts

Beethoven’s Big Birthday Bash: 22 Mar

Sunday March 22, 2020
Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua

Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 Movement 4 (Ode to Joy)

This extravaganza celebrating Beethoven will be a mass play-in/sing-in with community choirs and orchestras led by Orchestra Wellington, with Orpheus as the core vocal group.


Faure & Rachmaninoff: 4 April

Saturday 4 April 2020
Michael Fowler Centre4

Orpheus joins Orchestra Wellington for an evening of glorious romanticism featuring Faure’s timeless Requiem and Rachmaninoff’s The Bells as part of their Great Romantic Season 2020.


Gloria: 20 June

Saturday 20 June 2020
Wellington Cathedral of St Paul

Our first self presented concert of the year has been designed to be unashamedly exciting!

It features two Glorias. Vivaldi’s much-loved work is the most popular musical setting to the Gloria of all time. It is sunny, full of stirring fanfares and musical fireworks. In contract, Poulenc’s Gloria is a gorgeous self-affirming work which is full of humour, jauntiness and haunting music.

Joining us:

Thomas Gaynor — Organists
Ruth Armishaw — Mezzo Soprano

Other soloists to be confirmed

Bach Mass in B Minor: 19 Sept

Saturday 19 September 2020
Michael Fowler Centre

This is a rare opportunity to experience Bach’s masterpiece. The B Minor Mass is considered one of the greatest choral compositions of all time.

“The music is a universal expression of life and is unrivalled for its sheer variety including duets, quartets and towering double choruses,” says Orpheus Music Director Brent Stewart, 

Joining us:

Orchestra Wellington
Emma Pearson — Soprano
Jenny Wollerman — Soprano
Maaike Christie-Beekman — Contralto
Declan Cudd — Tenor
Wade Kernot — Bass 


A Ceremony of Carols: 28/29 Nov

Saturday 28 November 2020
Kapiti Performing Arts Centre

Sunday 29 November2020 2.30pm
Saint Mary of the Angels

We round out the year with Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols and other Christmas music.
The title work is a musical landmark performed all around the world during the Christmas season. Not only will you hear an engaging, fresh and sophisticated work sung by full choir but also a number of other Christmas works.

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