Performance and Teaching Past Events
Saturday 1st of August 7 pm
Tayla Alexander in the Final of the University of Waikato Aria Competition at the Gallagher Auditorium
Sunday 2nd of August 2 pm
Memorial Service for Helen Saunders in the Memorial Chapel at King’s College
Wednesday 12th of August 7 pm
Student Oliver Vannoort singing in the Final of the Soloist Competition at King’s College
Saturday 15th of August 2 pm
Concert at St Aidan’s in Northcote with Kay Shacklock (piano), Josh Helm (cello), and Peter Reid (trumpet)
This is entitled “New Beginnings Musical Concert From Baroque To Pop”
Saturday 22nd of August 7.30 pm
Master’s Student Felicity Tomkins performing with Manukau Symphony Orchestra at Vodafone Events Centre
Saturday 5th of September 4.00 pm
Seven of Gina’s students are competing in the IRMT Phillips Memorial Scholarship at King’s College in the Lecture Theatre
Saturday 10th of October 7.00 pm
Students presenting Opera Showcase: The Tales of Hoffmann at the University of Waikato
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th of October
Gina singing the soprano solos in two performances of Mozart’s Requiem with the
St Georges Church, Mackay Street, Thames
Sunday 1st of November 1.30 pm
CVMFT Final Sunday Serenade for 2020: Up, Up and Away St Andrew’s Clevedon.
Saturday 14th of November 7.30 pm
Gina singing the soprano solo in the World Premiere of Chris Artley’s Of Land and Sea with the Auckland Choral Society and the Manukau Symphony Orchestra at Vodafone Events Centre
Chris Artley’s Of Land and Sea is a major new work by this Auckland composer, renowned for his sumptuous choral writing. Scored for Soprano Solo, 4-part Choir and a full Symphony Orchestra, and commissioned by the Manukau Orchestral Society. An inspirational work based on poems by Aucklander Robina Adamson.
View and download the MSO 2020 season programme here
Saturday 5th of December 7 pm
Gina sings the soprano solos in Handel’s Messiah with The Scholars Baroque Choir and NZ Barok Orchestra under Challium Poppy at St Mary Immaculate, Tauranga
King’s College Advent Carols Concert
Sunday 24 November, 5 pm and Sunday 24 November 7 pm
Sunday 13 December, 7.30 pm TBC
Gina will be MD and conducting, as well as singing solo.
The performance will end with the traditional singing of the Hallelujah Chorus in which all comers are welcome to give voice !
Saturday 14th March 2020: “The Hills Are Alive”
This is a major initiative to promote music and the arts from Franklin.
The Hills Are Alive… with the Sound of Music, Art and Dance! The Hills Are Alive 2020
In addition, in 2020, there are three “Sunday Serenades” concerts planned as follows:
Sunday 17 May – Music from Near and Afar: Folk and Traditional music from many lands;
Sunday 19 July – “St Andrews Big Band”
Sunday 1 November “Young Talent” (following on from “Two’s Company“)
The Clevedon Valley Music Foundation Trust (CVMFT), founded by Gina, is put on a very special day of music, dance and art.
Read about this and download the flyer.
Gina went to Europe this year, and performed in Germany, Italy and Jersey.
17th March 1.30 pm “Scenes of Green”
Gina was part of the Clevedon Valley Music Foundation Trust’s “Sunday Serenades”.
25th May 7.30 pm “In Paradisum” with the Manukau Symphony Orchestra
Featuring the combined voices of the Pakuranga Choral Society and South Auckland Choral Society !
This was at
Vodafone Events Centre
770 Great South Road, Wiri
There were two works:
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8 in F Major and the FAURÉ Requiem
Uwe Grodd – Conductor
Gina Sanders – Soprano
James Harrison – Baritone
2019 – Teaching
The Chapel Choir performed, and Gina conducted at this special event.
7th March 7.30 pm – Grand Opening Organ Concert at Kings College
Performances were made by two of New Zealand’s finest organists, Paul Chan (King’s College Organist) and Michael Bell (King’s School Organist). Also joining them were internationally-acclaimed The Graduate Choir New Zealand, international soprano soloist Gina Sanders, King’s College Chapel Choir and All The King’s Men.
The programme included a wide range of organ and choral works from the last 300 years, including pieces by King’s College’s internationally-renowned composer, Chris Artley.
2nd December – “‘Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben’ (BWV 147) and a rare
Dixit Dominus by Vivaldi (RV 595) with the Franklin Community Choir
2 pm at St Andrews Church Pukekohe,
Corner of Queen St and Wesley St
(On the ring road)
43 Queen St
Conductor: Jonathan Dunlop
Organ: Michael Bell
Gina will be taking the Soprano duties along with Emma Roxburgh.
25th November – “Christmas Oratorio and Magnificat” with the South Auckland Choral Society
2.30 pm at Crossroads Methodist Church, Broadway, Papakura
Conductor and cello: Jonathan Dunlop
Organ: Michael Bell
Gina took the Soprano duties along with Emma Roxburgh.
Enquiries to 09 2671839 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2018 Gina lead an exciting new project with established international collaborators, including a noted Russian pianist and composer, now resident in Germany.
The project is called the Clevedon Valley Music Foundation Trust which has been set up to promote music in the South Auckland area.
We will be having a series of concerts (the next one is “Pastorale” on 19th August) leading up to the New Zealand Premiere of a Stabat Mater by brilliant Russian composer (resident in Germany), Vladimir Romanov, in a concert entitled “Music in the NEWS” that’s North East West South.
We have the even more exciting news that the composer is coming to New Zealand and will be present for the performance.
There is a Facebook Page where more information will be put up as the 9th of September approaches.
19th August – “Pastorale”
1.45 pm at St. Andrews Presbyterian in Clevedon
This is the third concert of our inaugural series. Portraying the beauty of Nature through music. Featuring one of New Zealand’s top clarinetists, Donald Nicholls, with exciting new talent, Rachael Xie (Harp) with Gina Sanders (Soprano) and Kay Shacklock (piano).
9th September – “Music in the NEWS”
The first half of the concert features international award winning choral works by Chris Artley, followed by the Southern Hemisphere premiere of Romanov’s Stabat Mater
There will be a choir and full orchestra. This is an even not to be missed !
Check out the Facebook page here
Sunday 22nd July, 2 pm
German Lieder Festival – Opening Recital
At the University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music.
With Francis Cowan, piano.
The Head of Vocal Studies and Performance – Stephanie Acraman (Soprano),
and David Griffiths, well known teacher and vocalist (Baritone).
will joined Gina in her new role as Classical stream voice teacher (Soprano) at the University of Waikato.
They presented a delightful afternoon of solo and ensemble lieder, from composers such Schumann, Strauss, Wolf and Liszt.
Parking is available via Gate 2b, Knighton Road, Hamilton, with the Academy a two minute walk around the campus lake.
Sunday 29 April at 2.30 pm
Mozart C minor mass and Poulenc Gloria
At Crossroads Methodist Church, Broadway, Papakura
Gina performed with young conductor Jonathan Dunlop, and other notable singers.
Teaching – Pedagogy Past Events
Gina is on the board of the NEWZATS organisation.
The NEWZATS conference was held at Auckland University, and Gina did much of the organizing.
Here is one of the wonderful presenters, Nick Hollamby addressing the conference. Gina 4th from the right in the front row.
Sunday 26 November, 2.30 pm
Crossroads Methodist Church, Papakura
Gina sang solo Soprano in the glorious Messiah.
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Saturday December 2, 7.30 pm
St Mary’s Immaculate Church
Cameron Road, First Avenue, Tauranga
Gina performed with some of New Zealand’s finest musicians. This was a treat !
Conductor: Chalium Poppy
Soprano: Gina Sanders
Alto: Elisha Hulton
Tenor: Iain Tetley
Bass: Tavis Gravatt
Tickets available at the door, or via Ticketek
Sunday December 10, 6 pm
Kawakawa Bay Christmas Concert
At the Village Green, Kawakawa-Orere Rd, Kawakawa Bay, Auckland 2585
Clevedon Presbyterian Carol Service
Gina once again toured Europe, with appearances in Jersey, Germany and Italy.
Gina performed and taught in Velletri near Rome.
20 Ottobre 0re 21:00
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Gina performed with local young singers on Saturday 14 October !
2-5 October in Stuttgart, Gina will held a series of Masterclasses
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With the Handel Consort and Quire
July 8th and 9th (details below)
Gina sings the magnificent bravura cantata Laudate Pueri and Haydn’s wonderful St Nicholas Mass with son Josh Helm on cello.
“Poets, Princes and Peasants”
23rd and 25th June:
Red Beach Methodist Church :
Gina will be soprano soloist along with the wonderful David Griffiths (Baritone)
Further details available on Facebook
The Last night of Opera at TOTO’ after 21 years.
This was taken on 10 June 2017, the absolutely last night of opera at Totos (after 21 years). Helen’s 21st would have been the last operatic aria sung downstairs in the Montecristo room and the Lakmé Duet – a huge favourite of hundreds of diners over the years, was the last strains of glorious French opera to be heard upstairs.
For information about all Italian events, please contact Valeriano Bottini
Sunday 23 and Tuesday 25 October – Masterclasses in Velletri, Italy
Villa del Cardinale Albano
Friday 28 October
Concert with Christie Cook, Fabio Ludovisi and Daniela
CalzettaAuditorium di Velletri Velletri
7 October 2016 7 pm Gina will perform in this beloved story by Dr Seuss.
There is a cast of over 50 children !
Second performance is on 8 October at 5 pm
Saturday 15 October – Capture this Moment with the Passions
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Benefizkonzert z. G der Deutschen Kinderkrebsstiftung
Monday 17 October – Masterclass/workshop in Jersey
1930 – Concordia Contact Hugh Lincé
Wednesday 19 October – Autumn Songs
1930 St Thomas Church St Helier
Thursday 20 October Concert with Polyphonie at 1730 (?) Georgetown
Sunday 4 September 2016 2.30 pm
Gina will be performing in the 30 Minute Mikado
This will be an afternoon of operetta and light music favourites. Not just 30 minutes !
Where: St Peters Anglican Church, Takapuna.
Check out these rehearsal photos from today Friday
You are invited to A Very Special Concert to help send the Macleans College Chorale to the National Finale of the Big Sing in Dunedin next month !
Contact details are on this poster, click the link below for your very own copy, and feel free to forward it to others.
With Gina producing “a series of crowd-wowing solos…”
Saturday 30 July 2016 7.30 pm
Gina will be performing in the Cantando Concert, Hamilton (See the program here)
Guest Conductor Iain Tetley, Gina, and a special appearance by the St Peter’s Cathedral Children’s Choir
Where: Clarence Street Theatre
Sunday 17 April 2016
Gina will be the soprano soloist for the wonderful New Zealand POPS Orchestra’s concert at the Auckland Town Hall.
Click the flyer to book tickets.
Saturday 23 April, 7pm Ode to St Cecilia
Sunday 24 April, 3pm
A note from Robert Howell, choirmaster:
As a staunch Handel fan I must admit the Purcell ode is extremely fine and I’m hard-pressed to choose my favourite!
St Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians, and as such, numerous composers have written works in her honour. Britten, Gounod, Charpentier, Howells and Mahler have all dedicated works to St Cecilia (among others). The Purcell Cecilian ode “Hail! Bright Cecilia” begins with a rousing orchestral sinfonia employing trumpets and drums as well as strings and woodwind.
There are majestic, powerful choruses and delightful airs for soloists with a variety of instruments such as recorders and oboes. Purcell includes many duets, trios and quartets for the soloists, as well as solo numbers. The ode finishes with a magnificent flourish including a six-part chorus.
Handel’s version is perhaps slightly less varied and intricate than Purcell’s but nonetheless contains some of Handel’s most glorious music. A lively and sprightly overture gives way to a equally spirited chorus which builds to a terrific climax. A very varied accompagnato recitativo for the tenor intersperses the two.
There is an exquisitely beautiful air for soprano extolling “the soft complaining flute” accompanied by recorder, a terrifying tenor air with a sensational chorus to follow about “the trumpet’s loud clangour”, and a final chorus which inspires the sort of passion befitting the patroness of musicians. The soprano who leads into the final chorus has to sustain a top A for no less than four-and-a-half bars!
We are extremely fortunate to be able to engage the services of magnificent soloists Gina Sanders, Dilys Fong, Iain Tetley and Joel Amosa
Following the custom of previous years we will be presenting two performances over the weekend of 23/24 April.
7pm, Saturday 23 April in Pitt St Methodist Church and
3pm, Sunday 24 April in St Andrew’s Church, Pukekohe
Prices remain as last year with a $10 discount off the door prices (quoted below) for tickets purchased in advance.
Door sale prices: Adult $40, Seniors $35 ($30 and $25 for tickets bought in advance)
Student rush FREE from 10 mins before performance start. (with ID).
Tickets may be purchased by clicking on these links:
We do hope to see you there.
Please tell your friends and bring a group of them along. Make a night of it!
Book your tickets today!
Saturday 30 April, 7.30pm
Camerata Chamber Choir presents
POETRY IN MUSIC with Gina as Soprano Soloist
St George’s Presbyterian Church, 2 The Terrace, Takapuna
Our first concert for this year contains two works, both dealing with horizons. Poetry is central in both.
We start at home, with New Zealand composer Christopher Marshall’s To The Horizon: Images of New Zealand. This expressive song cycle includes the well-known poems Horizon by Ian Wedde, Walking On My Feet by A.R.D. Fairburn, The Magpies by Denis Glover and On the Swag by R.A.K. Mason. John Parker will read each poem before we sing it.
Then we move to Great Britain, with Horizons by English composer Andrew Carter. This at once lively and reflective music perfectly underscores poetry by Anne Brontë, Arthur Hugh Clough, John Masefield, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Rudyard Kipling and Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The work is scored for solo soprano, chorus and piano. Gina Sanders will be our soprano soloist and Jennifer Gorbey our pianist.
TICKETS – Tickets can be purchased through choir members (all pre-purchased tickets $25) or at the door (cash/cheques only). Or email email@example.com for more information on pre-purchasing tickets.
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Saturday 30 April, 7.30pm at Franklin Baptist Church nd
May 15th Papakura Hawkins Centre 2.30pm
Two performances with the combined choirs of South Auckland Choral Society and the Franklin Community Choir singing the soprano solos along with Emma Roxborough, Mary Newman Pound, Manase Laru and Joel Amosa
May 8th Pukekohe Franklin Baptist Church, 128-142 Victoria Street West, Pukekohe 2.30pm
May 15th Papakura Hawkins Centre 2.30pm
June 14 – 16 June: The Big Sing Regionals in Auckland Town Hall.
Gina has three choirs – two from King’s College and one from Macleans College.
Sunday 29th November:
Soprano Soloist with Franklin Community Choir in Mozart’s Requiem St Patrick’s Church Pukekohe, 2.30pm.
Sunday 29th November:
Director of King’s College Advent Carol Services at King’s College Chapel, Golf Ave, Middlemore; Two services 5pm and 7pm. Three combined choirs, soloists and musicians in a special Advent service to mark the end of the school year.
*Thursday 3rd December:
Thursdays at Seven All Saints Church Howick “Written in the Stars” an evening of celestial significance exploring great repertoire from four centuries including works by Debussy, Puccini, Mozart, Wolf, Fauré, Porter and Lehár. Gina is joined by top accompanist, Kay Shacklock.
Thursday 10th December:
Christmas at the Family Centre, Clevedon: “Once Upon a December” – memories from many lands. Gina explores the month of December through the eyes and voices of poets, musicians and artists from various countries over the years
Sunday 20th December:
St Andrew’s Carol Service 7.30pm St Andrew’s Clevedon. This very popular service features a choir of more then 50 singers of all ages from many parts of Auckland and several top class musicians. All welcome.
Thursday 24th December:
*Trying to really promote the Thursdays at Seven… a chance for my NZ supporters to hear some of the European Tour repertoire.
Press release – NZ Pops Orchestra is back in 2016! 17th April, 5pm in the Auckland Town Hall!!
Sunday 23rd August 2015
Organ Spectacular with Bach Musica
Soprano Soloist in Haydn’s Great Organ Mass
Gina will be coming to Italy, France, Germany and Jersey in September 2015.
Watch here for details of teaching and performance as they are finalised.
The 2015 European Tour was focused on Italy with highlights in Rome, Latina and Nemi. Maestro Fabio Ludovisi and the very talented Daniela Calzetta were fabulous collaborators along with brilliant young guitarist, Michele di Filippo.
Personalised private and open concerts in Stuttgart and Paris were also very well received as were the highly successful masterclasses/demonstration concerts. Gina has already received and accepted offers for the northern hemisphere 2016 Autumn and is looking forward to more exciting performance and teaching opportunities in Europe.
Sunday 15th November from 2.15pm
Gina was the External Guest examiner for Postgraduate recitals at the University of Auckland in Music Theatre.
Sunday 22nd November:
Soprano Soloist with South Auckland Choral Society in The Peasant Cantata BWV 212 by JS Bach and other items. 2.30pm Crossroads Methodist Church Papakura
On August 23 2015, Gina was soloist with the Bach Musica in the Auckland Town Hall, performing Haydn’s Great Organ Mass.
Organist was Timothy Noon, and she sang with Stephen Diaz (countertenor) Iain Tetley (tenor) and Nicholas Dinopoulos (bass).
Rita Paczian, conductor.
Here they perform the Benedictus from Haydn’s Great Organ Mass
Soprano Soloist in Karl Jenkin’s acclaimed massed work for choir, orchestra/band and soloists, The Armed Man conducted by Iain Tetley. May 2,3,4 at The Hawkins Centre in Papakura with Combined Choirs from all over Auckland and the Papakura City Brass.
Soloist with The Graduate Choir in Mother’s Day Special at St Benedict’s Church, Newton, Auckland Sunday 10 May at 2pm.
Gina has had a very successful year with the choirs from King’s College winning Silver at the Big Sing in Dunedin.
Combined Valley Studio, King’s College and Waikato Uni choirs won all the major awards at SAPACS
Newly appointed Musical Director of King’s College Chapel Choir – various services at the King’s Chapel throughout the year.
Soprano soloist with Bach Musica’s “
Sunday 23 August, 5pm, Auckland Town Hall in
Vaughan-Williams The Lark Ascending and Poulenc’s Organ Concerto
South Auckland Performing Arts Competitions Society 50th Gala Concert
When: 2.30 pm Sunday 3 August, 2014
Where: Pukekohe Town Hall
Details: Some of Gina’s vocal students who were top prize winners in the 2014 Festival will be singing and Gina, as a past winner of the Aria and Vocal Championships and long-time supporter will be speaking at the official ceremony.
Macleans Musical Showcase in the Town Hall
When: Mon Aug 4th, 2014
Where: Auckland Town Hall
Details: Gina is choral director at Macleans College, and has guided the choir into the Big Sing Finals two years in a row.
New Zealand POPS Dinner and Auction
A Taste of NZ Pops
When: Wednesday 6 August, 2014
Where: Toto Restaurant
Details: A celebration which combines a taste of our unique blend of musical entertainment, plus a chance to meet with some of the artists. Spot prizes and an silent auction will round out the night’s entertainment.
A single ticket price of $150 includes a delicious dinner prepared by Toto’s chefs, complimentary wine and a night of entertainment including international crossover tenor Will Martin, internationally acclaimed soprano Gina Sanders and young NZ soprano Tayla Alexander.
Ticket price per person: $150.00 ($1350.00 for a table of ten people)
Proceeds raised will help us to continue to make our music accessible. Your payment may be tax deductible.
To buy tickets, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org to advise of your booking and deposit your payment into the NZ Pops Orchestra account (12-‐3198-‐0063640-‐00) stating your name as the reference. Gina or Rita will confirm your booking by email and answer any further queries you may have.
Your tax invoice will be held for you at the venue.
The Big Sing
When: Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd Aug
Where: Auckland Town Hall
Details: Once again, The Macleans College premiere choir, Macleans Chorale have been selected to compete in the Grand Finale of The Big Sing, this year to be held in the Auckland Town Hall. Over 250 choirs entered the competition nationwide and the top 24 will present 2 programmes each over the 3 days and then perform one song in the Gala Concert on Sat Aug 23rd at 6.30pm. Gina is working intensely with the 46 young singers and 7 instrumentalists with a wonderfully diverse programme of: Sure on this Shining Night (Barber), One Perfect Rose (NZ composer Anthony Ritchie), De punta y taco (fabulous 8-part Chilean folk song), An die Sterne (another 8-part masterpiece by Schumann) and the perennial favourite Fly Me to the Moon.
New Zealand POPS Spring Concert
When: Sunday 7 September, 2014
Where: Auckland Town Hall
Details: Celebrate Spring with the fabulous New Zealand POPS Orchestra
The Last Night of the Proms
When: 7.30 pm Thursday 25 September, 2014
Where: Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau
Details: With the internationally successful Dalewool Brass and Nigel Weeks
Get your tickets here
Soloist in Hercules with the Handel Consort and Quire
When: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October, 2014
Where: Pitt St Methodist Church
Details: With the wonderful Handel Consort, conducted by Robert Howell, Gina will sing the role of Dahilah.
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Lockwood Aria and Vocal Competitions
When: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October, 2014
Details: Gina will join fellow soprano and teacher Glenese Blake as the 2 adjudicators of the popular under 21ys vocal classes
The European Concerts
Gina will deliver a series of concerts in March 2014
Concert in Stuttgart
When: Saturday 6 April, 2014
Where: Stuttgart Liederhalle, Germany
Details: World premiere of Stabat Mater by Romanov!
Click here for a flyer (in German)
Click here for the Facebook page for Stabat Mater
When: 21 April 2014
Where: Clevedon Presyterian, Clevedon
Details: Soloist in the Clevedon Presbyterian Easter Service
Adjudicator for North Shore Junior Vocal Competitions
When: 21-24 April 2014
Where: Birkdale College
Details: Click here for details
Samson – by Handel
With: The Handel Consort and Quire
When: Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th April at 2 pm
Where: Pitt St Methodist Church (click for map)
Details: Tickets Waged $35, Unwaged $30, Students $10, Groups 6+ save $5 each
Enquiries Tel. 535-5493
(New Zealand Association of Teachers of Singing)
Gina is a Council Member of NEWZATS, with special responsibility for Membership and Consitution.
In 2020, the NEWZATS conference will be held in Wellington from Wednesday 15 to Friday 17th April.
This will be the 26th Biennial Professional Development Conference.