Edgecumbe Choir News & Events

For a small town, Whakatane boasts a healthy number of music and arts events.  


The Edgecumbe Choir traditionally presents three major concerts each year, with the odd appearance at other events thrown in for good measure.


Here you'll find information about upcoming and past choir concerts.  Information about other local arts events can be found via Arts Whakatane, the Whakatane Music Society Facebook Page, or Whakatane.com.


If you'd like your event included on this page, please get in touch.

Our Next Performance

QSM For Olga - You Go, Girl!

The Edgecumbe Choir would like to congratulate one of its best-loved and most valuable members on recognition in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Choir accompanist Olga Stancliff has this month been awarded a QSM for her contribution to music.

Olga has been playing piano with the Edgecumbe Choir since the 1980s. She also accompanies the Eastern Bay of Plenty Brass Band, Trident High School soloists and ensembles, and has taught scores of students throughout the the Eastern Bay. 


Chalium Poppy on Radio NZ

BOP Choirmaster & Vocal Coach Chalium Poppy on Mozart


Listen to Chalium's interview with Radio NZ Concert's Eva Radich about his choir's upcoming performance of Mozart's Requiem Mass and Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna.

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Free Singing Workshops

Free vocal workshops offered for all existing and prospective choir members.


Developing vocal quality will be the focus for the Edgecumbe Choir over the next two months, with two highly skilled tutors offering their expertise to all current and potential choir members.

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Check out these sites for what's coming up arts-wise around town:


Theatre Whakatane


Arts Whakatane

Whakatane Community Orchestra


Whakatane Musical Society


Our last Performance

From Darkness To Light - 14, 15 September 2019

Past Events

Theatre Whakatane presents'Annie'- 22 May to 6 June 2015

The creative team that brought you 'Peter Pan' and 'Oliver' is now excited to be bringing 'Annie' live to the stage.

Don't miss this Broadway spectacle!  Coming to the Little Theatre 22nd May - 6th June 2015.

If you haven't experienced a Bay of Plenty Music school before, now's the time.  This annual event brings together musicians not only from the Bay of Plenty, but throughout the whole North Island, for a weekend of music making under the tutelage of some of New Zealand's top conductors.  Many Edgecumbe Choir members attend each year, and just love it!

The Early Bird Discount applies if you register before 1 March so get in quick.

Visit the BOP Music School website for more information.

The Bay of Plenty Music School - 10 to 12 April 2015

Helen Medlyn in 'A Bunch of Fives' - Sat 21 March 2015

Nicholson Dixon Duo Summer Serenade - Friday 16 January

Summer is a fantastic time of year to be in the Eastern Bay, and the annual Summer Arts festival is not to be missed. Check out the Pre-Festival Christmas & New Year Events brochure and plan your party.

Glad Tidings Christmas Concert - 6 & 7 December

Image of the poster for the Glad Tidings Christmas Concert presented by the Edgecumbe Choir and Guests

'My Inlaws are Outlaws' - 30 Oct to 8 Nov

THe Troubles - 10 Oct

Image of Wellington jazz ensemble 'The Troubles'
The Whakatane Music Society presents Wellington jazz ensemble 'The Troubles' - Friday 10 Oct 2104

The Edge Factor - 13 & 14 September 2014

From Bowie to Perry, Elton to Adele, the programme is made up of hit songs from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, right through to today. This is the Edgecumbe Choir as you've never seen them before!


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Whakatane Community Orchestra 'Midwinter Melodies' - Sat 21 & Sun 22 June 2014

The Whakatane Commuinty Orchestra will perform its 'Midwinter Melodies' concerts at the Church of St George & St John on Saturday 21 June and Sunday 22 June, 2pm.


Music Director: Tom Bayliss


Tickets available at The Good Life $20 Students $5


Mozart's Requiem Mass - 24 & 25 May 2014

Cats - 9 to 24 May

Theatre Whakatane presents Andrew Lloyd Webber's ever popular muscial 'Cats'.  On now at the Little Theatre, 'Cats' offers a magical theatre experience.  Professional director/choreographer Dean McKerras and a talented Cast and crew have created a stunning musical and dance extravaganza, with excellent reviews.  This is one show not to be missed.  Tickets are selling fast so book yours now.  

Summer Arts Festival - Dec 2013 to Apr 2014

Arts Whakatane's 'Summer Arts Festival' 2014 programme is jam packed with a wide range of local arts events, showcasing a host of local, national and international talent.  This year's festival celbrates 30 years of the Summer Arts festivals in Whakatane.


Download the brochure for full details.




Sat 8: 7pm Shakespeare in the Park - Little Theatre

Sun 9: 11am Artist Talk - Andrea Cooper at Te Koputu (Whakatane Library)

Sun 9: 2pm Summer Operal - Church of St George & St John, Domain Rd

Sat 15: 5pm Jazz in the Park, Whakatane Rose Garden

Sun 16: 11am Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award Floor Talk - Patricia Long

Tue 18: 7.30pm Eastern Bay Brass Band 'Bel Canto', Church of St George & St John

Sun 23: 11am Art Appreciation Talk - Wayne Marriott "Early NZ Painters" at Te Koputu (Whakatane Library)

Wed 26: 7.30pm Irish Music - Delicious Musical Treats at the Church of St George & St John




Sun 2: 11am Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award Floor Talk - Sue Whale

Sun 2: 4pm Met Opera Film Dvorak 'Rusalka' Whakamax, The Strand

Sun 9: 11am Artist Talk - Danny McRoberts - Traditional Maori Sculptor, Te Koputu (Whakatane Library)

Sat 15: 3pm Organ and Clarinet Concert - Church of St George and St John, Domain Rd

Sun 16: 11am Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award Floor Talk - Lee-Anne Sheather

Sun 23: Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award closes

Sun 23: 4pm Met Opera Fim Borodin - 'Prince Igor' at Whakamax, The Strand

Fri 28: Motorcycle Art Exhibition, Te Koputu (Whakatane Library)




Sun 13: 4pm Met Opera Film Massenet - 'Werther', Whakamax, The Strand

Wed 16: Arts of Tour: Fiona Pears "Swing Driven Thing", Church of St George & St John

Bay of Plenty Music School 2014 (Taupo)

Friday 25 - Sunday 27 April


The Bay of Plenty Music School is a great opportunity for local singers and musicians to play together and hone their skills.


An intensive weekend of workshops sees singers learn a selection of pieces over a three day period, and perform them in a concert on the Sunday afternoon.


Top conductors take the workshops, and choir members who've attended past music schools have found them incredibly worthwhile.

EBOP Brass presents 'Bel Canto' - Tuesday 18 February

Don't miss the award-winning Eastern Bay of Plenty Brass performing 'an evening of beautiful melodies, 7.30pm this Tuesday 18 February at the Church of St George & St John.  Tickets are available from Health 2000 or the door.  Adults $15, Children $5, Family of Four $35.

Summer Opera - Sun 9 Feb & Tues 11 Feb

Arts Whakatane presents 'Summer Opera' 9 & 11 Feb 2014

These performances aren't to be missed!  Tickets are on sale at 'The Good Life' on The Strand. Find more details on the Arts Whakatane website.

Edgecumbe Choir Carolling Group

Edgecumbe Choir Members performing carols in Whakatane in the lead up to Christmas 2012

Edgecumbe Choir members will perform a selection of carols at several events in the lead up to Christmas.  Come along and hear us at the following venues:


Saturday 14 December, 1pm - Riverslea Shopping Mall, Edgecumbe


Saturday 14 December, 2pm - Julians' Berry Farm


Sunday 15 December, 11am - Whakatane Hospital Chapel


Sunday 15 December, 11.45am - Whakatane Sunday Markets

Read a review of the Christmas Joy concert here.