“The women’s voices alone provided one of the most glorious passages, both through their dynamic impulse and their expression of such passion through the words.”

Lindis Taylor’s review of Orchestra Wellington’s “Odes to Joy” concert featuring Orpheus choir.

Lindis Taylor – June 2016
Review for Middle C on Orchestra Wellington's "Odes to Joy" concert, featuring Orpheus.
11 June 2016

“Thanks to an inspired performance from Brent Stewart and his forces, we were given, by the end, a real sense of the vastness of the composer’s vision and his determination to realise his view of things in his big-boned, full-blooded music.”

Peter Mechen’s review of A Sea Symphony.


Peter Mechen – May 2016
Review for Middle C on Orpheus' presentation of "A Sea Symphony"
7 May 2016

“Orpheus Choir under Brent Stewart outstanding with Bruckner and Poulenc”

Lindis Taylor
Review for Middle C on Poulenc's Gloria and Bruckner's Te Deum, 22 Aug 15

“If ever there was a concert that proved the maxim that quality over quantity wins every time, this was it, and there was a comfortably full cathedral to appreciate some life-enhancing music making.”

John Button
Review of Poulenc's Gloria and Bruckner's Te Deum at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, 22 August 2015

…. an evening where we celebrated, we commiserated, we felt – as an audience – the power of music to connect, to focus thoughts and to foster talent and ideas. Dreams Lie Deeper – taken as a whole – was an often profoundly moving experience to be part of.

Simon Sweetman
review of Dreams Lie Deeper: A Concert Dedicated to the Pike River Miners, 10 May 2014

“With a choir of about 130 voices, we heard …., as we have come to expect under Mark Dorrell’s direction, choral singing that was stunning. Beautifully balanced – what a splendid tenor section these days – marvellously incisive, with a precision remarkable for a choir so large.”


The Dominion Post
John Button's review of Haydn's Creation, 2 September 2014

Verdi’s Requiem was presented last Saturday evening with tremendous panache by a huge group of musicians who all seemed to revel in the privilege of performing this epic work. Their enthusiasm was palpable, in a way that communicated itself to the audience and created a gala atmosphere that was further enhanced by the wonderful lighting of the rich timber work in the dome.

Frances Robinson’s review of Verdi’s Requiem

Frances Robinson
on Verdi's Requiem
29 June 2013

…. and the combined choirs (Dunedin City Choir provided 30 singers in all performances) splendidly incisive in everything they sang, this was a superbly involving experience.

John Button’s review of Verdi’s Requiem, 29 June 2013

John Button
review of Verdi's Requiem, 29 June 2013

This was a splendid performance. We had the (perhaps inauthentic) experience of a huge choir, the Orpheus and the Youth Choir together, filling the choir stalls, which sang with enormous energy and, often, unaccustomed speed.


Transcript of conversation between Eva Radich and Peter Mechen, 30 September 2013 – Radio New Zealand Concert re Mozart’s ‛Great’ Mass in C Minor and Exsultate Jubilate, 28 September 2013

Lindis Taylor
Review of Mozart's Mass in C minor, 28 September 2013

The choir was in marvelous voice, and their obvious enjoyment immediately set a festive atmosphere for the afternoon. …..the acoustic characteristics of the room transmitted a clarity of diction which was absolutely exemplary, be it in the initial English numbers, or later foreign texts. The balance of voices was also excellent…….

Frances Robinson
Review of Orpheus Choir Christmas Concert, 24 November 2013

…. this performance, with a reduced complement of 86 voices, was for me a high point in the long life of the distinguished choir. To hear better choral singing by a large choir than this we would have to look at a professional chorus.

John Button
Review of Handel's Messiah, 14 December 2013