The Weekend Sun Competition


After the extraordinary performances of 2020, the Scholars Baroque Aotearoa return with a special clutch of NZBarok friends to express their shared delight and joy in the music of Handel and Bach.


Throwing caution to the wind, the Scholars have jumped into the deep end of the enormous choral pool of J.S. Bach - the giant of German baroque - with two of his most joyous Motets. These are partnered with two of G F Handel's equally glorious Chandos Anthems.


"Sitting in on the hard work at rehearsals - I revel in the cascading voices then startle to the laughter!" says the choir's president Maggie Farmer.


"The director has tossed a caution at his choir! We don't get to hear this music live. Now we will! Music so beautifully exhilarating.”


Experience an intimate stage of performers revelling in joyfulness; voice and instrument breathing together in disciplined and sensitive harmonic dialogue.


Hear it - feel it! 


Earlybirds can buy tickets at:


Cash only for concert door sales 45 minutes prior, until sold out.


The Scholars Baroque Aotearoa chamber choir and soloists and the NZBarok Orchestral Ensemble, conducted by Chalium Poppy, will perform at St Mary Immaculate Church in Tauranga on Saturday, June 12, from 7.30pm, and again at the All Saints Church in Matamata on Sunday, June 13, from 2.30pm.


Tickets cost $35 per adult, $30 for seniors and $5 for students and children in Tauranga, and $25 per adult and $5 for students and children in Matamata.




The Weekend Sun has one double pass see Handel + Bach on June 12 in Tauranga for one lucky reader



Competition Results

Congratulations to our winner, Sheena Jones!