Reviews

Extracts from selected reviews:

"A wonderful occasion for the Orpheus."

Peter Mechen's review on Radio NZ of the NZSO's performance of all nine Beethoven Symphonies, 13-15 June 2014


.... 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's review of Dreams Lie Deeper: A Concert Dedicated to the Pike River Miners, 10 May 2014


.... 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's review of Handel's Messiah, 14 December 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's review of Orpheus Choir Christmas Concert,  24 November 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.

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

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


.... 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

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, 29 June 2013


.... Mark Dorrell had trained the choir to sing with ardour and energy as well as clarity and precision.....

Lindis Taylor's review of John Psathas' Orpheus in Rarohenga, 10 May 2013



Coached by music director Mark Dorrell, the Orpheus Choir met the often-fearful demands of the score with fortitude and, given the speeds conductor Marc Taddei called for, accuracy and clarity which verged on the virtuosic.

Lindis Taylor's review of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, 29 April 2012



The choirs begin to sing, like angels singing halos of tones...

Peter Mechen's Middle-C review of "On the Transmigration of Souls", 11 September 2011, is here.


Fortunately, Michael Fulcher directed a performance with a superbly just feeling for temp; never too slow and never – it would have been fatal, too fast. And he was given, as the underpinning to the performance, marvellous singing from his choir.

There was marvellous clarity and great certainty about the singing, either as a whole or when divided, and there was, too, a similar quality from the orchestra – divided into two groups – who showed an understanding of baroque style that would have been unthinkable not that long ago.

Click here for the full review of Bach's St Matthew Passion on 10 April 2011.

Peter Mechen's Middle-C review is here.



With good reason, for this was not only the most polished Messiah to have been heard for some time, it built to its second half climax with great skill, and a tremendous sense of release at the final chorus Worthy Is The Lamb. ...The choir sang superbly. The singers know the work inside out, but that alone does not explain the clarity and weight of the singing... More...

Michael Fulcher had rehearsed them very thoroughly and it paid off with singing of clarity, rhythmic verve and great precision.

Click here for a full review of Bach's Mass in B minor on 22 August 2010.

Also, click here for a review from Peter Mechen, Middle C, online classical music reviews.


The choral singing, too, was out of the top drawer; wonderfully rich and expansive in the climaxes and superbly controlled in the important hushed passages.

Click here for the full review of the Mahler Eighth Symphony concert in the New Zealand Festival of the Arts


Victor Young's When I Fall In Love, sung by the choir a capella with the utmost refinement, showing the beauty of a pure choral sound, capitavated the audience. 

Click here for the full review of our Anything Goes concert