When Light Breaks

26 - 28 May 2023

Reimagining early music, featuring unexpected takes on old music and new works which feature them.


26 May 2023

7:00pm, St Matthew-in-the-City


27 May 2023

7:00pm, St Mary of the Angels


28 May 2023

4:00pm, Knox Church

Parental guidance advised: Themes of grief and loss


From Bach to today! In a daring reimagining of early music, join Voices New Zealand as they take an emotional journey through song. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance, with surprising arrangements of traditional choral works in beautiful settings. 

Conductor and Music Director Karen Grylls is excited to bring this new show to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch: "'Der Weg' by Leonie Holmes, alongside Bach’s 'Komm, Jesu, komm', newly commissioned for this occasion, will be a real highlight of the concert."

Directed by renowned Opera director Jacqueline Coats, the journey of the concert will be guided by puppetry from Little Dog Barking Theatre Company, a first for a Voices New Zealand concert.


Music Director Karen Grylls

Director Jacqui Coats

Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir


Contributing artists

Cello James Bush
Marimba Eric Renick

Puppetry Kenny King



O ves Omnes Victoria
Es ist ein Ros Praetorius
Es ist ein Ros Sandström
Mass in B Minor (Crucifixus) Johann Sebastian Bach
Komm Jesu Komm Johann Sebastian Bach
Der Weg Leonie Holmes (World premiere 26 May)
Hear My Prayer Purcell
My Prayer Chilcott
When the Violin Sings Reena Esmail
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring Johann Sebastian Bach
O lux beata Trinitas William Byrd
O lux beata Trinitas Andrej Makor
Ecce Quomodo Moritur Justus Jacobus Gallus Handl. Bob Thiele and David Weiss, restructured by Robert Wiremu


This tour is supported by:

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1638743691_Aotearoa Gaming Trust - WHITE - RGB
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Mainland rev _210 wide