Founded in 1885 with just over 20 members, the Christchurch Liedertafel male voice choir has grown steadily over the years. Our current membership stands at 52, a vibrant, diverse group of people drawn together by a common love of male voice choral music who, in addition to singing for pure enjoyment and camaraderie, perform three subscribers concerts each year.
We also sing at a wide range of community events and perform with other artists and choirs. These have included recent concerts with the touring Metropolitan Male Voice Choir of South Australia and the Geelong Welsh Ladies Choir.
Quartet, octet, duet and solo performances by Liedertafel members feature in most subscriber and public concerts.
Current events include
- Three subscriber concerts each year. One of which being in the Christchurch cathedral
- One of two performances with guest choirs from overseas or local
- Anzac Day Dawn Service in Cramer Square
- Recordings for the "Praise Be" television programme
- Singing for various Probus Clubs around Christchurch
Our extensive repertoire includes sea shanties, love songs, folk songs,
classical and light opera, sacred music, British art, favourites from
Europe, haunting spirituals and universally loved songs from popular shows.
Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 7.00pm to 9.15pm in the Music Room in Rangi Ruru School, Christchurch.
The annual subscription for members is $75. The first year is free and a member who introduces a new member also receives a free subscription.
The singing season usually starts on the first Monday of February and concludes with the November subscription concert.
The AGM and election of officers is held in April.
The main social activities are the mid-winter party and the Christmas function. These are informal events with moments of musical mayhem.