After 150 years of notable performances, the City of Dunedin
Choir is ringing the changes with a new name.
The singing group will be renamed the City Choir Dunedin next
week, at the launch of the choir's 150th anniversary
celebrations programme for 2013.
The name change will be officially adopted before the
performance of Messiah Sing-along at Knox Church next
''Our choir has survived world wars, an influenza pandemic,
the Depression, as well as difficulties such as lack of
venues and, at times, a lack of good singers,'' City Choir
chairwoman Deborah Dons said yesterday.
''Yet the love of music and of singing has overcome all these
shortcomings and, even today, in the age of home
entertainment, the choir flourishes. Our achievements over
the past 150 years are noteworthy and certainly deserve to be
celebrated. The present-day choir of more than 100 members is
continuing the proud tradition begun by our founding
Highlights of next year's 150th anniversary programme include
the publication of a choir history and the world premiere of
For what can be more beautiful?, commissioned from New
Zealand composer Christopher Marshall.