Kia ora, bien venue, hallo, konnichiwa, hola, guten tag, talofa lava, hälsningar, welcome
WOSOSI are a dynamic, a cappella choir who enjoy exploring the world’s rich singing traditions. We specialise in songs and chants from around the world, conveying each song’s intention and wairua - whether that is a quiet longing for your homeland, celebrating the joy of independence won, the despair of loved ones lost or the delicate beauty of a song of peace.
Let us transport you through song to the Balkans, Europe, Africa, Russia, Asia, South America, the Pacific and many other places, then bring you home with waiata from our own beautiful Aotearoa.
We perform regularly at festivals, resthomes, public and corporate events spreading joy and inspiration through our communities.
Come to one of our concerts and we will get your toes tapping, your hands clapping, and your soul soaring! Click here to find out how to book us for your event.
Click here to listen to one of our favourites!
Voice and Theatre - check out our musical director Bert van Dijk's innovative and original approach to Voice & Theatre training
Tony Backhouse : Composer • Vocal Arranger • Singer • Author • Choir Director • Workshop Leader.
Max Maxwell - Sing for Joy.
If you would like us to add a link to your page, email us.
“ A very big thank you for the wonderful workshop you ran at Makoura
this weekend. Shona and I thoroughly enjoyed our time with you and were grateful that you allowed us to
join with you all. The high standard of singing and obvious enjoyment was great as was the teaching,
conducting and leadership. I have learnt a lot. Please convey our thanks to your choir for their friendliness
and the way you all included us in this most inspiring weekend. Every blessing as you continue to meet and
Fay & Shona, Greytown
“WOSOSI are pretty cool, actually I wish they would come to Invercargill so I
could join in, come on guys do some fundraising and we'll show you a good time down here. Cool CD.
It's arrived!! our new CD is ready and calling to you to have a listen. Seventeen songs to transport you around the globe from the comfort of your chair. Click here to find out more.
All systems are go with our new CD recording and we love working with Phil from Life of Riley Studios.
We're flat tack with a mammoth recording session this weekend then we'll be on the home straight.
This studio mastered CD includes some old favourites: Ot davali, Lo'u Sei and the festive Carnavalito.
You'll also hear some of our newer songs such as, Moratiwa waka, the gentle Breaths and beautiful Hei Raurangi. We're printing a limited number of CDs so register your interest by sending us a message on our contacts page. We'll keep you up-to-date with progress so you'll be first to know when they are available for purchase.
Bert Van Dijk our esteemed and loved Artistic Director is leaving us for a new job and new life in Samoa!
Mais, je ne peut quitte un ami, sans verse de larme....(excuse my French).
Good luck, be amazing and bring art and music to the University of Samoa and keep chanting!
It's onwards and upwards for WOSOSI, we're in the very capable hands of Naomi Parker and Pam Hughes, supported by Rawiri Hindle and Hone Hurihanganui. Plenty of great gigs coming up - Meow Cafe, Wellington Folk Festival in October and with Global Voices in November - not to mention recording a CD! Busy, busy bees us lot :) We'll keep you posted.
We're supporting the Music Futures launch event this Saturday, 4 August, it's a great new organisation to help young musicians. Find out how you can get involved here, support, mentor, buy launch tickets and more.
Then, from the dizzy heights of St Andrews on the Terrace to busking in an underground car park - we do it all! Throw us a few coins at the Underground Market, Saturday 18 August 12-2pm. All proceeds help us to fund our new CD.
Belinda: WOSOSI Performance Coordinator
Thanks to all those who braved the wild Wellington weather to come to our annual concert last Sunday (Sun 27 May).
What a great audience you were, and what a perfect venue St Andrews on the Terrace is!
Because of your support we can move on with recording our new CD. With a combination of new repertoire and old favourites this new CD will have something for everyone. If you are interested in having a copy for yourself - just click here to add your name to our mailing list and we’ll contact you when it’s available for purchase.
Thanks again for coming - we had a blast! (Photos coming soon)
Well we have had a busy performing year and certainly a highlight was singing at the Wellington Opera House
this month. We were fortunate to be invited to sing in the closing ceremony of the Oceanic Peace Conference and
what a great event it was.
Such a variety of performers and what a great venue!
Coming up next for us is performing at the Summerset Retirement Village on 4 December. It is a large part of our kaupapa to sing where we can lift the spirits of those who may be suffering from ill health or old age. It's always an honour to spend time after the singing talking and sharing a cup of tea with our elders.
Later in the month we will be singing again at the Hill Street Market. We are currently raising funds to create a CD of our current music. So if you are free, do come and support us on Saturday, 17 December, from 11am onwards - and of course check out the excellent market stalls.
We had a great time performing at the Rugby World Cup Fanzone over the last 2 Weekends of September.
In the first performance we accompanied Natural High
, the second we were accompanied by a rather strong
Wellington sea breeze.
On the 24th we also performed in the Town Hall at the Internation Food Fair.
And of course, while we were there we had to participate in the fair with with a very tasty lunch. Very good kai!
Next on the agenda is our choir workshop at the end of October; then we are booked to busk on November 5th at the Wellington Underground Market 12-2pm.
Come along and support us, and of course check out the excellent craft stalls. Ciao!
Coming up in September...
Watch out for us at the Wellington Fanzone. We'll be joining up with Natural High on Sunday, 18 September, 12pm for a joint performance.
We return on Saturday, 24 September on our own at 1pm.
See you there!
Coming up on Sunday, Aug 28 we will be having our term workshop.
This is a time when if you are interested in joining us as a singer you can audition by participating in our day alongside
our current singers.
If you are keen to do this, first check out our get involved page to see how we work and the commitments we ask. Then email us to let us know a bit about yourself and we will sent information about venue etc. See you there!
Performance News! Watch out for us at the
Hill Street Market this Saturday, 23 July, from 11am onwards.
Weather permitting we will be busking through the morning. See you there!
Update: What a cold but successful day! As a result of our singing were able to send away nearly $500 to Christchurch women's refuge to support their cause in this high demand time. Thank you generous wellingtonians!
I am very excited to welcome you to our newly launched website.
Make yourself a cuppa and have a wander through our pages. Stay a while, read about our World Song Singing family, listen to a few melodies, and watch a video.
Feel free to give us feedback about our site - was there something you wanted to know that wasn't here?
Was anything confusing or did you find a link that didn't work?
Please email me and let me know.
Pam: WOSOSI Web Diva