Bay of Islands Singers - Choir in the Bay of Islands, Northland

Past concerts


Saturday 12th August 2017 - 7:30pm

The Winter Concert in the Plaza at the Turner Centre: Transatlantic Festival of Music – In contrast to the May concert, this will be a relaxing and foot tapping evening with popular music from both sides of the Atlantic.  

Accompanied by dazzling jazz pianist Matt Watson and a 5-piece band, the choir will perform a wide range of jazz standards and show songs plus a lot more


























Saturday 13th May 2017 - 7:30pm

Autumn Concert at the Turner Centre: Programme includes works by JS Bach, Howard Goodall, J Haydn and Karl Jenkins
























Handel’s Messiah – December 2016

The Singers received a standing ovation when they performed Handel’s Messiah to a full house at The Turner Centre in Kerikeri.  Conductor John Jackets appeared stunned as he made three curtain calls. It was as if the audience were asking for an encore!

The choir of around 80 singers was joined by four of New Zealand’s finest soloists and an amazing orchestra along with a number of invited singers from around Northland.  Soprano Elaine Wogan and mezzo-soprano Kate Spence were performing with BOIS for the first time and their singing was just glorious. There was a welcome return to Auckland based tenor Lachlan Craig and Chalium Poppy, bass  whose ‘Sound the trumpet’ with sparkling solo trumpet by Stephen Bemelman was a ‘show stopper’.  The orchestra lead by Emily Allen played with a great sense of ensemble and clarity with fine continuo playing of Michael Bell (organ) and Janet Robinson (cello).

Numerous wonderful accolades were received from soloists, visiting singers and the audience.  Here are a few:
     “I’ve sung the Messiah numerous times and never received a reaction like this – it’s very special”
     “Please invite me to sing again sometime”
     “The best performance of the Messiah I’ve ever had the privilege of hearing anywhere”
     “This is the best Bay of Islands Singers performance ever”
     “Your singing was magnificent”

The Singers sincerely thank John Jackets for his tutelage and guidance in their preparation for the performance.


Following on from our performance of  'The Messiah' on the 4th December, a member of the audience wrote this lovely poem:

Handel’s Messiah        10.12.2016     Sarah Angus

Brooding expectation in tuning violins.
Audience anticipation of familiar joy
from music touched by genius.

The Conductor's careful control
with back to the audience,
but fully present
with orchestra and choir,
as they navigate melodies
striving for perfection.

The singers perfectly positioned
as each voice carries
clearly to eager ears.

Peace fueled delight
wrapped in Isaiah's comfort,
and John the Baptist's resounding cry,
beheading not silencing his words of life.

The Glory of the Lord shall be revealed
and all flesh shall see it together.
Sweet clear voices and deeper resonance
join in sublime harmony.

Voices chime out in peals of praise.
Manuscripts clasped in fervent hands,
each one in rapt attention
to the finely polished score.

Divine inspiration within Handel's mind.
God's Word wrapped in glorious tuneful form.

Unto us a Child is born.
Unto us a Son is given.
He shall be called Wonderful.
Full throated proclamation pours forth,
lifting spirits and warming hearts
with satisfying Truth.

God's glory manifest in crafted chorus
and the trumpets shrill cry,
a journey through the Messiah's life.

And He shall reign for ever and ever.

Long after the concert goers
wend they way home
with satisfied hearts and minds,
and alleluias rising from their lips


Aug 2017 poster


Autumn 2017 concert