Beginnings:

In the beginning1954 the Te Atatu CWI Choir was formed by a group of Country Women’s Institute Ladies who loved singing. The connection with CWI ended in 2000 and the Choir name was changed to WAITAKERE CITY LADIES CHOIR INCORPORATED

Over the years the Choir has widened its horizons joining the NZ Choral Federation with excellent guidance keeping in touch with the music community.

Leaderships:

In the Choir’s early days we were fortunate to have conductor, Fay Good, who led the choir with great enthusiasm for over 30 years, Marilyn Cameron who was a very accomplished pianist also assisted using her own arrangements helping with the planning of concerts and choosing music for the choir. Marilyn’s association with the choir as pianist concluded in 2012.

Kieth Stubley was engaged from 1998-2009 as Musical Director. His musical background with the Salvation Army,was singing in the National Songsters and playing the trombone in the band.  As an accomplished musician he played B trombone in the North Shore Brass. The Trust’s Waitakere Brass, The, Kumeu Brass,,also the Army and the Royal NZ Air force bands.. Kieth as conductor gave the choir a quality and purpose for many notable achievements, he was instrumental in producing a CD of sixteen songs. Kieth was like a member of the family, the Choir was sorry when he left after eleven years association with the Ladies choir. He returned to the choir in 2011 for 18 months and sadly passed away – it was a sad time for the choir.

In February 2010, the Choir welcomed Vanessa Felix as Musical Director with a BA degree and teaching diploma studying a Masters degree at Auckland University. Vanessa’s background from her native South Africa was teaching music in primary and secondary schools. Then in New Zealand as specialist music teacher and Head of Performing Arts at Hobsonville Primary School. Vanessa’s accomplishments are playing the organ, violin and singing. Teaching and conducting. In her own words “Quote”::…..…….‘I am passionate about music, whether it be singing or playing instruments… Music inspires and energizes me, and basically has something to do with every emotion that I experience…Music has great elements of reciprocity which leads to the success of any choir.’ Due to work pressures and after five years with the choir Vanessa resigned at the end of 2015 leaving the choir with a wealth of musical ability.

.February 2016, Musical Director Sharon Kearney was engaged (ATCL, BMusic, Dip Tchg, Grad Diploma Arts Mgmt), Sharon sang with the Auckland University Singers also an accomplished pianist having written and arranged music, She conducted choirs and orchestras for school musicals and community groups for 12 years in the USA. 

Sharon brings a sense of enthusiasm and fun to the Choir.

Highlights:

  • Combining with the Te Atatu Men’s Choir (now known as Waitakere Men’s Choir) under the baton of their late conductor, Evan Cameron, to present the Messiah, Trial by Jury, Wartime Cavalcade and many other successful concerts. (The Ladies choir still has occasion to join with the Men’s choir. 
  • Cutting their first records at Stebbing Studios.
  • Being part of the Massed Choirs performing at the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games in Auckland in 1990.
  • Performing at the Opening of the Aotea Centre.
  • Competing successfully throughout New Zealand in the National C.W.I. competitions, for the Revue and Dominion Cup Choral Competition, which the choir won on several occasions.
  • Being part of the Massed Choirs at SkyCity Symphony Under the Stars.
  • Travelling to Norfolk Island with the Te Atatu Men’s Choir to present a concert.
  • Appearing as guest artists at the concert held by The British & Irish Lions Male Voice Choir at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell.
  • Also in 2005 the choir produced its first CD with the help of the Waitakere Trust. The recording represents the variety of music which the choir presents.
  • Appearing on TV One’s religious music programme Praise Be in 2009, 2010 and 2012.
  • Joining with Waitakere Voices Choir and Kumeu Blend Choir as a massed choir at Massey Performance Centre in July 2013
  • The Choir also participated in several fund raising concerts for Christchurch after the devastating earthquakes.
  • The choir has also given many concerts to a number of Retirement Villages around Auckland.