Concert – Westlake Chamber Orchestra & Choralation Choir

Sunday 5 August at 4 pm

2018 Concert Series

An extravaganza concert by the Chamber Orchestra and the Choralation Choir from Westlake Girls & Boys schools. These are Gold Award winners in competitions both here in New Zealand and overseas.  The program includes new music composed by Riley Cahill, a former WBHS student, for the Chamber Orchestra.

Orchestra directed by Mark Bennett  and Choir by Rowan Johnston

Sunday 5 August 4pm  at Takapuna Methodist Church, 427 Lake Road, Takapuna.

Entry by Programme, suggested donation $20. (Children free) Funds go to organ restoration.


Jazz Vespers III – Music to heal and inspire. Theme this year is “The Moon”

Sunday 8th July 2018 at 7:00pm at the Takapuna Methodist Church

Jazz Vespers is a modern take on an old church service. Vespers were held in the evening, as part of the traditional daily services of the church, and served to bring the day to a spiritual end with music, prayer and repose. Such a service, but using the jazz musical genre, with NZ Jazz musicians will include:

  • A night of contagious rhythms with great musicians playing jazz standards and other moody music related to that particular heavenly body!
  • Reflective contemporary readings and music for all Faiths through Jazz.
  • A concert with a difference in response to enthusiastic acclaim in past years.

Featuring David Selfe – Piano, with Ben McNicoll – Tenor Saxophone, and Jazz singers
At Takapuna Methodist Church Cnr Lake Rd & Tennyson Ave

This is an annual event not to be missed.  Koha in aid of organ upgrade

Latin Follies

Organ and Piano Concert
Serious and less serious music from France and Italy.

at St Peter’s Anglican Church 11 Killarney St Takapuna
2:00pm Sunday 20th May 2018

Featuring Dr. Christopher Hainsworth: organist from France, and John McRae: piano.

Organ & piano duet with Christopher Hainsworth and Michael Cox.
A joint Takapuna Methodist and St Peter’s churches event
Complementary afternoon tea follows the concert.

Admission by programme: Suggested donation $20 to organ refurbishment funds of both churches

Pipes in Summer

International Concert Organist Martin Setchell is coming to Town

Martin Setchell, Christchurch City Organist, and international recitalist who believes in promoting entertaining organ music to a wide audience has just returned from a European concert tour. He has delighted audiences the world over with his spirited playing, lively personality and entertaining repertoire.

All music-lovers are welcome and encouraged to come and enjoy a programme of Surprises.

Admission by program. A donation ($20) requested to support the refurbishment and maintenance of the Organ. Children & students free.

Sunday 25th March 2018 at 4:00 pm

at  Takapuna Methodist Church  427 Lake Rd Takapuna

Enjoy a programme of Surprises.

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Children’s Easter Craft Afternoon

Come along with your family and join us in making Easter Crafts. Activities for children from pre-school to intermediate. Afternoon tea provided.
Friday 23rd March, 3:30pm till 5:30pm at Takapuna Methodist Church, 429 Lake Road, Takapuna.
A free community event. All are very welcome.

Children’s Christmas Crafts

A community afternoon of creating Christmas crafts, suitable for pre-school to intermediate aged children.
Come along with your family and join in the festive spirit of making Christmas crafts. From 3:30pm on Friday 9th December 2016.
Afternoon tea provided for both adults and children.
All welcome, we look forward to seeing you there.

Takapuna Methodist Church, 427 Lake Road, Takapuna. 09 489 4590

Organ & Clarinet Recital March 2016

‘Return of the Russian’

Andreï Freïdine, the brilliant Franco-Russian Clarinettist and Christopher Hainsworth on Organ

 Sunday 6th March 2016  At 4:00pm at the Takapuna Methodist ChurchAF+CH

The combination of clarinet and organ is unusual but surprisingly successful. They will be  performing a deliciously varied programme for clarinet and organ  chosen from Mozart’s Concerto  and « Quintet », LaTraviata Fantasy, virtuoso Variations by Beethoven and Rossini, and «  Se  Canto » (the ‘National Anthem’ of the South of France), Jazz  (Bechet, Goodman…) and especially exciting Klezmer highlights.

The 2014 NZ tour was such a success, with audiences alternately moved by the beauty of Andrei’s playing, staggered by his virtuosity and excited by his very lively performance of popular music, he has returned for another season.

This is an opportunity not to be missed. There may not be another chance.

For a taste see:

Admission by $20 donation. Proceeds to Organ Refurbishment Fund

Duration about 75 mins.

Put this date in your diary and come and support this very talented duo. Watch this space for more information in due course.

About the Artists

Christopher HAINSWORTH, distinguished New Zealand organist and long-term resident of the south of France, is known for his imaginative and entertaining programming.  Formerly Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Music in Waikato University now Organist of Beziers Cathedral, has been free-lancing in Europe for 30 years.   More here>.

Andreï FREÏDINE studied in Russia before moving to France, where he obtained his Premier Prix (1993) and Prix d’Excellence (1994) at the Versailles Conservatoire. He has performed in Germany, Austria, Bulgaria and Russia. Andrei now teaches clarinet and Computer Music Studies at the Beziers Conservatoire. He also records a variety of artists in his studio and works on acoustic projects for Eurocontrole.  More here>.

Further details from Brian Ellis email: