All Together Now Auckland Central is great fun to be a part of for a number of reasons. Kate and Steven are incredible teachers and so committed to the kaupapa of the choirs. The music is always beautifully arranged and song choices are thoughtful and appropriate. Meeting new people and getting to know the members of the choir is great fun, especially the monthly gathering for pre-rehearsal dinner that is organised by the members.
- Brenda, Auckland Central
I have been really enjoying singing in Auckland Central Choir for almost a year now. I have found other choir members to be really welcoming and helpful. It's quite special to sing in such a large choir. If I lose my way there are often other strong voices to guide me. I particularly appreciate the vast range of songs we are learning. Some of them are simply beautiful. Steven and Kate are fantastic choir leaders. They are both so respectful and encouraging. They obviously have a thorough understanding of music and a wealth of experience as they each have an amazing ability to teach us new songs at just the right pace. I feel very safe in their hands. Choir nights are fun and uplifting.
- Anne, Auckland Central
The fundamental approach –“ Everyone can sing” is after my own heart. The time and effort put into ensuring warm up is full - the instruction, designed for achievement – is refreshing, light-hearted and satisfying.
Our one-day workshop proved that we could achieve four part songs, harmoniously, and for an audience, after a few hours. This is because the teachers' singing is tuneful, careful, and patient.
People can join without reading music and enjoy being there without prejudice. There's no pressure to sing a particular part; it's all encouragement.
In the All Together Now choir, I've found not just music, but a true sense of belonging and unity. Our voices come together as one, creating a tapestry of sound that is both amazing and humbling. Beyond the music, being part of this choir has sharpened my discipline, patience, and teamwork. Learning to blend my voice with others has been a profound lesson in cooperation and empathy. These lessons are in no short part a result of the leadership and expertise that Kate and Steven provide to the choir.
When we get the chance to perform, I see the smiles in the audience, the tears of joy, and the moments of transcendence. The choir is not just about singing; it's about connecting with others on a profound level and touching the hearts of those who listen.
In the end, our choir is not just a musical ensemble; it is a place to belong and be inspired. It's a reminder that when we come together, we create something far greater than ourselves. This is why I keep coming back year after year and I am very grateful to be able to do so.
- David, Auckland Central
The choir has been so welcoming taking me in from the first day like I've always been part of this big family. The song arrangements are so heartwarming, and even though we have practised some of them many times the harmony that is coming through uplifts me every time and lets me shiver.