Scholars Baroque Aotearoa are excited to announce its 2018 Season. 

2018 is very much a year of collaboration as the choir teams up with orchestras for each concert.

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Nine Lessons & Carols

7pm sunday, 16 December
St. Peter's Anglican Church, Mount Maunganui

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.



Previous Concerts


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.


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. 

Read the concert review here


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.

Read the concert review here


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

Read the concert review here 

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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

Read the concert review here


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