KIWI ARTISTS IN CRISIS
In November 2020, as the arts continued to suffer internationally due to the Covid-19 pandemic, New Zealand’s UK based opera singers came together to record a concert of purely NZ/Māori/Pasifika songs to be broadcast and shared internationally from the Royal Albert Hall.
What started as just a simple idea of performing again grew into something that is bringing dozens of Kiwi performers together from all around the UK to share and celebrate our country, our culture, and what unites us. We had been silenced for months through no fault of our own and we were and are incredibly proud and excited to share the smallest of insights into what it felt like to be us at that moment: what our Whānau means to us, and how we long for home, for better times and to be together once again.
We are now a network who come together to sing when we can, but more often you'll see many of us gracing the major stages in the UK and throughout the world. Have a look at Our Artists' websites to see what we're up to. It's also possible to book some or all of us for events around the UK.
We are hugely grateful to the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation, Royal Albert Hall, Foundation for Australia & New Zealand Arts, NZ High Commission, RNZ Concert (our proud broadcasting partner for this concert) without whom we couldn’t be performing, and the ongoing support of our colleagues and friends back in NZ: Auckland Opera Studio, New Zealand Opera, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music, Chamber Music New Zealand, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and all our family and friends.
Please watch our concert or download the album to enjoy some of NZ’s finest opera singers and musicians performing a stunning concert of NZ/Māori/Pasifika songs and ensembles. We hope you enjoy this concert: our ode to Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Ngā mihi nui,
Kiwi opera singers in London