Scholars Baroque Aotearoa

Scholars Baroque Aotearoa is a chamber choir under the musical direction of Chalium Poppy.

Based in Tauranga, they are the only auditioned early music choral ensemble in the Bay of Plenty. Performing stunning concerts throughout the year, their repertoire spans the history of choral music from early sixteenth century masterpieces to thrilling twenty-first century contemporaries.

Scholars Baroque Aotearoa have received international accolades for the New Zealand premières of choral works by Henry Purcell, Jean-Phillipe Rameau and Michael Haydn.


Nine Lessons & Carols


No Christmas season is complete without this extremely popular annual service, made famous by the choir of King's College Cambridge.  Each year the Scholars present an eclectic selection of both ancient and modern carols from around the world.  Carollers are invited to come early in order to guarantee a seat in St. Peter's.

Free Community Event!
We look forward to seeing you there


The Scholars have a new name!

This news was a bit of a surprise for our audience at the 4th Annual Concert of Handel’s “Messiah” with NZbarok.

We want you to know that we are the same choir that you know and love.

You can find out more about why our name has been changed by reading a our blog post from Musical Director, Chalium Poppy, first published in the concert programme notes.

We want to thank all our supports for all their support as Scholars Pro Musica and for their continued supports as Scholars Baroque Aotearoa.




4th Annual Concert of Handel’s “Messiah”with NZbarok 

concert review

With hundreds of others, I had the pleasure of attending a performance of this work at St. Mary Immaculate Church last Saturday, performed by Scholars Baroque Aotearoa with NZBarok Orchestra and four exceptional soloists. The quality was such that….




The Holst manuscripts finally came to life!

Recently two original manuscripts by the English composer, Gustav Holst, were found in the Symphonia’s music archive.

In our concert, Lost and Found, these lost works - missing for more than 100 years - came to life! Symphonia orchestra joined with Scholars Baroque Aotearoa in a programme centred on the exciting discovery, including music by other influential English composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.