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21 / 02 / 2012 - Tim

Hello from Hamilton, New Zealand!!

So today we travelled from sunny Auckland, where we appeared on the Good Morning Show, to a rather wet Hamilton for a set of masterclasses and a concert tomorrow night at The Waikato University. This is the same establishment that Chris G's father works at, and it is truly a beautiful place and setting. It was a wonderful drive between the two cities - full of incredible scenery and breathtaking views. I always knew that my first impressions of this country were going to be fantastic - I've heard so much about it from Gemma and her family and can't wait to see them all later this week!

I'm looking forward to the last two concerts on this tour - I'm really enjoying singing River's Lament in the programmes at the moment. It's a commission that the Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin wrote for us and it's very beautiful. There are 4 parts and each one has it's own charm and merit. It was certainly well-received at the Opera House in Sydney so fingers crossed that the Kiwi audiences like it as well!

So now for some photos:

A selection from The Sydney Opera House concert.

Chris G getting a wee bit over excited about seeing our poster up in Brisbane last week.

I was so chuffed that my old school friend Dan and his lovely wife Mel were able to come to the concert in Brisbane. It was great to have a proper catch up afterwards as well!

The famous Auckland Sky Tower.

Some of the beautiful views driving from Auckland airport to our hotel.

A rather big cruise ship docked in Auckland as we walked past for our lunch today.

The magnificent Auckland Town Hall where we'll be performing on Saturday night - if you look closely you can see The KS poster on the front!


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  • Well, we've all arrived home and started to unpack the suitcases for the last time this season. They will be banished into the farthest recesses of our homes and not dusted off again until late September! We'll take our usual summer break from social media, so apart from the odd comment or post you'll hear no more from us until term starts again with rehearsals on 22 September. Have a great August, everyone! Thanks for your support of the KS this year, and please join us to welcome Julian to the group, at a concert next season. As ever, these are exciting times... :) read
  • A reflection from David about Paul's time in the group: King's Singers Official Sitewww.kingssingers.comWe are now resident at the wonderful Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, who we have visited twelve times in recent history. We have performed three concerts in exquisite churches in the North of Germany, where we shared a programme featuring Lassus, Mendelssohn and Scottish folksongs with the audien? read
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  • As usual it's been an incredible week here in Lubeck at our masterclasses, working with some wonderful singers and relaxing in this beautiful city. Tonight is the showcase concert at the end of the course - and our last chance to sing with Paul, at the after-party. We hope to be back in Lubeck soon, and hope there are some new groups out there who would like to join us next time around. If you want to make music and make memories at the same time, this is the place to do it! read

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