Beginnings:

In the beginning1954: 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 then 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 Fay Good, conducted the choir for over 30 years, Marilyn Cameron an accomplished pianist assisted using her own arrangements and choosing music for the choir. Marilyn’s association with the choir as pianist concluded in 2012.

1998-2009 – Kieth Stubley was engaged as Musical Director, his musical background with the Salvation Army singing in the National Songsters and playing in the band.  As an accomplished musician he also played B /Trombone in the North Shore Brass. The Trust’s Waitakere Brass, Kumeu Brass, the NZ 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 a variety of music which the choir presents. Kieth was like a member of the family the Choir members were sorry when he left after eleven years association. He returned to the choir in 2011 for 18 months and sadly passed away – it was a sad time for the choir.

February 2010, Vanessa Felix BA degree and Teaching dip. studying a Masters degree at Auckland University, joined as Musical Director. 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 after five years with the choir she resigned at the end of 2015- leaving the choir with a wealth of musical ability.

February 2016– 2017 Sharon Kearney ATCL, B /Music, Dip Tchg, Grad Diploma Arts Mgmt. was engaged as Musical Director. Sharon’s background was singing with the Auckland University Singers and 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, she was also backing singer for many notable artists. Unfortunately due to family and work commitments she resigned. Sharon brought 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 perform at Retirement Villages, Probus, Anzac-Day Parades and Private Functions.
  • Caroling at Christmas performing, at MOTAT and Swanson Railway Station throughout the festive season.