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Tchaikovsky Liturgy of St John


Wed 23 Nov 2011, 5:30pm–6:15pm

Where: Wellington Railway Station, Bunny St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Cantoris Choir

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893) wrote some of the most popular concert and theatrical music in the classical repertoire, including the ballets Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, the 1812 Overture and the opera Eugene Onegin. In 1880 he was commissioned to create a setting for the Russian Orthodox rite of the Liturgy of St John. Tchaikovsky described the traditional rite as “one of the most exalted works of art. Anyone trying to comprehend the meaning of each ceremony will be stirred to the very depth of his being" and called the inaugural performance of his completed work "one of the happiest moments of my career as an artist”. This marks with work with special value as the great composer was plagued by depression and unhappiness during many other phases of his musical career. Find out more at

Cantoris choir is excited to bring this special work to the people of Wellington. Over its 40 years of performing, Cantoris has explored a huge repertoire from early music through to contemporary greats such as the legendary Arvo Part (read review of our recent performance at In 2011 with funding support from Wellington City Council's Creative Communities Grants, Cantoris has provided a varied programme of free events in a number of different Wellington venues. Our aim is to bring the joy of live choral music to the community in 'random acts of culture'. If you are interested in joining the choir, please visit our website at

For our November 2011 programme, Cantoris welcomes new musical director, Richard Apperley. We have had a great time getting to know his rehearsal and performance style and look forward to this opening performance under his direction. Richard is also the Assistant Director of Music at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, where he is responsible for accompanying the cathedral services and assisting with the direction of the cathedral’s choirs. Richard formerly held the post of Assistant Organist at Lincoln Cathedral, where he benefited from the opportunity of accompanying and directing one of the UK’s top cathedral choirs. Prior to his post at Lincoln Cathedral, he was Assistant Organist at St Michael’s Church, Highgate, London. Here he accompanied the choir and formed the boy probationers choir. Richard is also a highly accomplished organist with a particular interest in the music of Buxtehude, Howells and contemporary works. He enjoys combining the organ with unexpected musical matches including gamelan, electroacoustic installations and folk traditions.

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