2019 Concert Schedule!

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Concert II - JUBILATE!

Featuring - The Scholars Baroque Aotearoa

This concert features one of Purcell's greatest masterpieces, written just 2 years before his untimely death - a birthday ode for Queen Mary - Come, Ye Sons of Art. One could easily mistake the opening overture as the work of Handel himself who arrived in England not long after. This is an energetic work full of brilliant orchestral colouring. It's wonderfully happy and enthusiastic owing of course, to the celebration for which it was commissioned.

The Scholars Baroque will also perform Handel's Te Deum and Jubilate. Another work written in celebration - although this time for the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713 to mark the ending of the War of the Spanish Succession. These are glorious works, teeming with anticipation. Handel was so proud of what he wrote that he would borrow movements from both the Te Deum and Jubilate throughout his musical career and insert them within other compositions (something he did often).

St Peter’s Anglican Church, 15 Victoria Road, Mount Maunganui

Saturday 21st September - 7:30pm // Sunday 22nd September - 1:30pm

Read the Concert Review here!

Concert III - MESSIAH!

Featuring - The Scholars Baroque Aotearoa and NZBarok

Our annual performance with our friends at NZBarok. This concert needs little introduction or explanation. Come and hear the Scholars Baroque refreshing interpretation of this classical masterpiece. This performance will also feature an exciting new line up of never before heard soloists for 2019.

SATURDAY 7th December | 7:30pm
at St. Mary immaculate catholic church, cameron road


Back by popular demand! This was such a success last year that we thought we'd do it again. Thanks to all those who provided wonderful feedback as to how we can improve this family event. This year will feature a more abridged version of the story which has been specifically written by one of our amazing readers last year, Denis Gordon. (Who will also be returning by popular demand.) The Scholars Baroque will welcome everyone with some carolling before the story gets under way.

SUNDAY 15TH December | 4pm
at St. Peter's Anglican Church, Mount Maunganui


Each year the Scholars Baroque perform this service as a way of thanking the Parish for the use of their facilities for rehearsals and performances. This year, the Scholars Baroque will introduce some new carols.

SUNDAY 22ND December | 7pm
at St. Peter's Anglican Church, Mount Maunganui


Previous Concerts

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JUBILATE! WITH Jubilate Ensemble

Sunday 22 September, 2019

This concert featured one of Purcell's greatest masterpieces, a birthday ode for Queen Mary - Come, Ye Sons of Art, and Handel's Te Deum and Jubilate. Both glorious works of celebration and teeming with anticipation.

Guest Soloists: Cecily Shaw, Aidan Phillips & Jeandré Le Roux

Concert Review

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Gloria! with Opus Ensemble

Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 May, 2019

The Scholars Baroque Aotearoa performed anthems by Purcell. Not your typical anthems, they featured solos, duets, trios, quartets. Also on this programme was the eternal favourite, Gloria, by Antonio Vivaldi with all its flare and excitement of the high Italian baroque style.

Concert Review

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Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 March, 2019

Tauranga choirs, led by Chalium Poppy, joined together to perform two memorial concerts for the community in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shooting.

Though free to attend, $2670.60 was raised through donations for the “Our People, Our City” Christchurch Foundation to support our Muslim brothers and sisters.

Concert Note


Nine Lessons & Carols

Sunday 16 December, 2018

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.



Charles Dickens’ A christmas Carol

Sunday 9th December, 2018

A new addition to the Scholars season, this free family event was a dramatic reading of Dickens' classic short-story featuring well-known community personalities reading Dickens’ timeless tale, whilst interspersed with well-known carols led by the Scholars.

Concert Review


4th annual concert of “Messiah”

Saturday 24th November, 2018

Now an annual tradition here, in Tauranga, "Mr. Handel" made his appearance to conduct this much-anticipated performance of his greatest oratorio and seasonal favourite with the Scholars and NZBarok Orchestra. This baroque-inspired performance sought to recreate Handel's original sound for small chamber choir and orchestra and featured a stunning line up of New Zealand soloists. 

Concert Review


Singalong Messiah

Sunday 9th September, 2018

Back by popular demand, this fundraising concert was a fun community event enjoyed by all.  An open invitation was extended to singers of all ages and skills to come and sing Messiah along with The Scholars.  A legendary afternoon tea provided by the Scholars was thoroughly enjoyed by all.


crowns and kings

Saturday 25th August, 2018

A powerfully dramatic showpiece composed by a precocious and ambitious 22 yr old Handel in Rome 1707, was performed in Tauranga in an extraordinary performance of Dixit Dominus. This music of exceptional brilliance was followed by Handel’s Coronation Anthems - processional, triumphant and as grand as his 1727 concert Venue, Westminster Abbey.

Concert Review


Lost & Found

Sunday 15 April, 2018

The Scholars were truly honoured to be part of the modern premiere of works by Gustav Holst recently discovered here in Tauranga.  The choir joined the Bay of Plenty Sinfonia in concert to perform choral works by Holst, Parry, and Elgar. 

The choral music of the late-Victorian and early-Edwardian era was magnificently grand and fantastically dignified.


Nine lessons and carols

Sunday 17 December, 2017

The Scholars accompanied Bible readings with carols and hymns at St Peter's Anglican Church, Mount Maunganui. 

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus in nine short Bible readings, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir music.


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messiah: the 3rd annual performance

Saturday 2 December, 2017

The Scholars are joined once again by NZbAROK, New Zealand's only professional baroque orchestra, to deliver another highly stylised performance of this work - the way Handel himself would have envisioned it.

Soprano: Gina Sanders                     Tenor: Iain Tetley
Alto: Elisha Hulton                           Bass: Tavis Gravatt

Concert Review 

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Sunday 24 September, 2017

A wonderful afternoon of singing and afternoon tea as the Scholars prepare for their upcoming concert.  This was so successful and enjoyable, we will be continuing this as an annual event next year.

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Sunday 17 September, 2017

The LIEBESLIEDER WALTZES, a collection of outrageously sentimental Love Songs that are quintessentially Brahms to relax and charm. 

EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK,  Mozart. Piano:  Hilda Bester & Christine Leaf, debuting the St Peter's Grand Piano. 
ENGLISH  RENAISSANCE  MADRIGALS -  love songs of a different kind,  sung a cappella  -  an intriguing contrast to the Waltzes. 

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Seven Last Words & Little organ Mass

Sunday 21 May, 2017

This surprisingly serene telling of Christ's crucifixion opened the 2017 concert season. Arguably one of Haydn's fondest works, the Scholars sang with only an organ as accompaniment, played superbly by guest organist Janet Gibbs. Following this work was the performance of Haydn's Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo, more commonly known as the Little Organ Mass. 
Organist: Janet Gibbs
Soprano: Regan McFarlane                Alto: Kate Spence
Tenor: Iain Tetley                                Bass: Tavis Gravatt

Concert Review


Nine lessons and carols

Sunday 18 December, 2016

The Scholars accompanied Bible readings with carols and hymns at St Peter's Anglican Church, Mount Maunganui. 

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir music.


ADVENT PRocession

Sunday 27 November, 2016

The Scholars heralded in the Advent season at St Peter's Anglican Church, Mount Maunganui.  

Advent is a time of expectation: the word itself means 'coming'. It recalls ancient Israel's hope for the advent of the Messiah, and also expresses the Christian hope for the fulfillment of God's Kingdom in the second coming of Christ. The processions in this service are a metaphor for a journey which we make together. The words and music at this powerful service seek to enable us to worship God, who calls us to do his will and make the world what he created it to be - full of his light and truth.


messiah: the 2nd annual performance

Saturday 19 November, 2016

Back by popular demand, the Scholars once again performed Handel's greatest oratorio and seasonal favourite, Messiah. A musical drama like no other, Messiah demands something of all who hear it as we strive to make sense of the world in which we live.  Performed alongside NZbAROK, New Zealand's only professional baroque orchestra, and New Zealand's finest baroque soloists.

Soprano: Jayne Tankersley                  Countertenor: Stephen Diaz
Tenor: Iain Tetley                                Bass: Tavis Gravatt



the creation

Saturday 27 August, 2016

The Scholars present Haydn's greatest choral masterpiece, The Creation. Through Haydn's amazing and thoughtful use of both choral and orchestral forces, The Creation brims with Haydn's artistic genius, dramatic flair, and witty childlike playfulness, from the first sunrise to the beasts of the sea.  Performed with Opus Orchestra, Guest Conductor Dr Indra Hughes led both choir and three of New Zealand's finest and most distinguished soloists.

Guest Conductor: Dr Indra Hughes         Soprano: Jayne Tankersley
Tenor: Iain Tetley                                      Bass: Chalium Poppy