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.


Music from Vivaldi and Purcell

Scholars Baroque Aotearoa
& Opus Orchestra EnsemblE
Words from conductor CHALIUM POPPY

When thinking of the great choral masterpieces from the Baroque era, one can imagine visiting Westminster Abbey or one of the great cathedrals of Europe.

But Bay of Plenty folk will not need to travel far this time to experience all the flare and excitement of Vivaldi and some of the most breathtakingly beautiful anthems of Purcell.

Scholars Baroque Aotearoa, a New Zealand chamber choir of experienced musicians from diverse musical backgrounds is deliberately small in number. This gives a focused and crisp sound but every voice must be strong and confident without exception.

“…the performances really are amazing due to the expertise of Chalium and the dedication and professionalism of the singers..” says Margaret Wham, Tauranga resident and regular concert-goer.

There is much delight, surprise and satisfaction in store with the first performances of the 2019 Concert Season. Duos, trios and quartets are woven into the multi-coloured music, richly textured and huge enough to fill a cathedral.

This concert "Gloria!" promises to be just that
– glorious!

St Peter’s Anglican Church, 15 Victoria Road, Mount Maunganui
Saturday 25th May - 7:30pm // Sunday 26th May - 1:30pm

EARLY BIRDS: Buy at Ticketek online or Baycourt Box Office.

Adult $35 (includes one child free), Child/Student $20
LAST MINUTE: CASH ONLY door sales from 7pm // 1pm until sold out





When planning a season for the Scholars, I always try to consider if there are any major birthdays or anniversaries of composers upon which we might capitalise. 2019 in fact marks two major milestones for two of the giants of English baroque choral music. This year marks 260 years since the death of Handel and 360 years since the birth of Henry Purcell…

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$2,670.60 was raised through the generosity of the many attending, for “Our People, Our City” Christchurch Foundation. Thank you to all the attendees who contributed to the koha. Whether you were able to donate or not, we hope that these performances helped in some way to ease any pain you have felt.

Click through to read chorister Tracy Dixon-Shum’s thoughts on the memorial concerts.

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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.