New era for national choirs

New Zealand’s Three National Choirs Come Together

It’s been talked about for a long time and now finally, New Zealand’s three national choirs, Voices New Zealand, NZ Youth Choir and New Zealand Secondary Students Choir (NZSSC), are to merge under one governing body. NZSSC, the prestigious national choir for 14-18 year olds, is joining Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand, the arts trust that promotes vocal excellence and already governs the other two national choirs.


Classical Review: A new ANZAC symphonic work revealing the tragedy of the survivors

NBR Weekend Review, By John Daly-Peoples

Last week the Auckland Philharmonia premiered FACE, a new work commissioned from Ross Harris. The piece was inspired by the story of Sir Harold Gillies, the New Zealander who became the father of plastic surgery and who, along with several other New Zealand surgeons treated the disfiguring facial injuries sustained by soldiers during World War I.


Classical review: Enigma concert fills the house

Reviewer: William Dart, NZ Herald

The APO and VOICES NZ perform NZ composer Ross Harris’s new work, Face.

“One sensed justifiable pride when Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra CEO Barbara Glaser announced the Enigma concert had drawn a full house and, best of all, the programme included a major commission, shared with the BBC, ” writes William Dart.


A dream come true

Since 1998, Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir has performed, rehearsed and trained to deliver the most excellent choral singing in this country and on occasion, overseas. From a professionally run choir to a truly professional ensemble under Karen Grylls’ inspiring leadership, VOICES is turning 20 and now we have the opportunity to put the icing on the birthday cake – a professional European tour!

This is a dream tour and we hope you can help us make this dream come true.


The King’s Singers rule supreme

VOICES NZ & The King's Singers in concert

“The King’s Singers sextet were good-humoured, supremely talented, effortlessly accomplished, confident and gracious. Voices New Zealand was impeccably supportive, balancing the sextet and reinforcing the climax of the chosen works. The two groups were complementary, symphonious – superb.

It was a refined, inspiring, entertaining evening – a precise, crystalline, perfect concert.”- Stephen Gibbs


VOICES NZ turns 20 and celebrates with The King’s Singers

Our Artistic Director reflects on the 20th anniversary of VOICES in context of the upcoming concert with The King’s Singers. The above photograph shows Karen and VOICES at a 2002 concert in Christchurch.

Love VOICES concert packages

2018 concert packages LOVE VOICES out now

You can now pick and mix your favourite VOICES concerts for next year and SAVE!


5/5 ‘a rich and reverberant mix, immaculately balanced and paced’

NZ Herald’s William Dart reviews the latest VOICES CD, ‘Requiem for the fallen’


VOICES NZ joins UK’s The King’s Singers for NZ tour

The best choral voices in New Zealand and one of Britain’s greatest musical exports unite for two concerts


Welcome spring with sumptuous French music

CANZ October 2017 newsletter

Check out the interview in our latest newsletter with collaborative pianist Rachel Fuller, who will feature in our upcoming Salut Printemps concerts.
“Every day of my career has been different – and I love it that way!” Rachel


A commission to be thoroughly proud of – The Unusual Silence

The commissioning of challenging new work is essential in a genre that can at times feel safely, beautifully two-dimensional, and The Unusual Silence is a commission Grylls and Voices New Zealand can be thoroughly proud of.  


NZ Herald review: The Unusual Silence concert

Voices NZ Chamber Choir led by the world-renowned conductor Karen Grylls

The Unusual Silence, Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir’s WWI commemoration, was a powerful and reverberant experience in the marble halls of Auckland Museum.


WWI wasn’t primarily a musical

The Unusual Silence is Voices NZ’s first collaboration with NZ Opera’s General Director Stuart Maunder, who is taking time out in between the Auckland and Wellington seasons of NZ Opera’s production of Kátya Kabanová.


New VOICES CD released – Requiem for the Fallen

A ‘stunningly impressive’ performance of Ross Harris’s WWI commemoration piece has resulted in a new CD, featuring VOICES NZ, Horomona Hero and the New Zealand String Quartet conducted by Karen Grylls.


Baroque Voices Concert

Reviewed by William Dart

….the 24 singers of Voices NZ Chamber Choir displaying the vocal heft of three times that number….


VOICES New Zealand has a new look!

For some time now we have been thinking about what VOICES is, the works we sing and where we come from. This process has resulted in a new unique identity, a logo that we hope you too will enjoy.


A dramatic staging of PASSIO

Audiences were treated to an epic staging of Jack Body’s PASSIO on Sunday as part of the 2017 Auckland Arts Festival.


First VOICES concert series announced

Showcasing the vocal excellence and versatility of our national choir

New Zealand’s premier professional choir, Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir is releasing its first ever concert series subscription offering four different concert programmes in five centres around the country this year.


New artistic staff for National choirs

Dr Karen Grylls has been re-appointed as Artistic Director for Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir (VOICES) and The New Zealand Youth Choir (NZYC) while newcomer and Wellingtonian Michael Stewart was appointed as NZYC’s new Deputy Music Director.


Middle C – Sounds and Sweet Airs: Songs of Shakespeare Review

"The entire performance was characterised by captivating finesse, and did honour to Shakespeare."

Festival presents Shakespeare songs from two choirs in admirable literary and musical contexts.


Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Voices New Zealand, Terence Dennis (pianist) and conductor Karen Grylls

"...a splendid recognition of one of New Zealand’s true international celebrities."

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa performs with Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir at the Michael Fowler Centre, March 13 2016, reviewed by Lindis Taylor of Middle C.


Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano) with Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir directed by Karen Grylls and Terence Dennis (piano)

Reviewed by John Button, Dominion Post

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa performs with Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir at the Michael Fowler Centre, March 13 2016, reviewed by John Button of the Dominion Post.


NZ Herald CD Review

"The country's premier chamber choir maps out an unforgettable journey." ***** William Dart, NZ Herald

Conductor Karen Grylls explains the disc’s title, Voice of the Soul, as “a metaphor for a journey of traditions, story telling and passionate music of the senses”.


Peter Hoar: APO Child of Our Time review

Peter reviews the Auckland Festival production of Tippet’s Child of Our Time performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Voices NZ and the NZ Youth Choir.


Auckland Arts Festival review: A Child of our time, Auckland Town Hall

In festival’s homegrown highlight, orchestra and voices give rich offering of oratorio’s message of peace.


Choristers revel in celebration of light

In a nutshell, as the Festival brochure put it, Ata Reira promised an evening of award-winning choirs, majestic voices and Te Reo Maori in song. Both separately and together, Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir and the New Zealand Youth Choir delivered all this in a choral celebration of light … and much more.


Voice of the Soul

Voices 16, from the Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir, show a tremendous versatility in a varied yet totally cohesive concert for Atoll Records that creates some especially fine atmospheric moments


Voice of the Soul

“..a fascinating and lovingly prepared programme which made a strong and delightful impression..”


Voices NZ Melbourne Concert Review

The audience in St Paul’s Cathedral was treated to a wonderful night of choral music inspired by the idea of the Magnificat.


‘Requiem for the Fallen’ Review

“This was indeed a never-to-be-forgotten experience for all who attended” – Otago Daily Times.


Requiem for the Fallen: Review

“Stunningly impressive and emotionally draining” – Brenda Harwood


VOICES at NZ Arts Festival, NZ Herald Review

"Voices NZ and Grylls are a potent team.."

There was an air of ritual about Requiem for the Fallen, the major music commission of the New Zealand Arts Festival.