edf17 Dec: Lindsay’s strawberry Santas were deliciously eyecatching, while Patricks shortbread angels and spanakopita were superb. Missy’s fabulous ham was stunning, even more so when combined with Kara’s onion tart. There too many great taste treats to list here, but they set the tone for a great end of year party, complete with everyone singing and enjoying Paul’s secret Santa session. Special food hampers were presented to Mike for his tireless years as Treasurer, and Penelope for her decades of work for the choir.  Jill was presented with some very special champagne for her inspiring and joyful leadership as MD since September.

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“The world in solemn stillness lay to hear the angels sing” 
(It Came Upon A Midnight Clear)  Photo: Missy’s nativity scene.


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  • 29 June: The cold snap that hit most of the country did not stop a healthy crowd attending the choir’s O Happy Night concert at St David’s in Te Aroha. With several key members unable to attend, the concert began with an air of uncertainty but the choir soon found its groove and in spite of a few potholes.
Basses, sopranos and altos at St David’s in Te Aroha at the June 29 concert

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24 Nov 2018:  It was a first for Heaven Bent, and Takanini School, when the choir headed south to the school to perform a set for an appreciative crowd. Funds raised go toward membership of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra – one of the school’s first steps towards being able to introduce a significant music program into Takanini School. The occasion also marked the debut of the newly formed school choir who performed Rivers to the delight of parents and friends. This was conducted by HB member Jill Haywood who initiated the formation of the school’s choir.  Jill also shared conducting duties with Phil May on Heaven Bent’s songs.

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Heaven Bent invites new and experienced singers to audition to be part of this strong, joyful singing community. We we are looking for tunefulness, an ability to hold a part, a desire to learn and grow musically, and a love of African-American gospel music and related genres.

If you’re interested, please email John at johncharleswishart@gmail.com  (this is not a hyperlink – please copy this address into your usual email server and leave your name and contact details.)

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