Unless otherwise noted, events take place in the church of St. Andrew’s on The Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand from 12:15pm to about 1pm

Generally there’s is no charge for admission and we welcome your donations/dana/koha

Final event for the year:


November 2016

The Song Snatchers: Songs for rallies and marches.

St Andrew’s on the Terrace

Tuesday 8 November 2016, 12.15pm - 1.15pm

Song SnatchersAnyone who’s sung in a choir, at a ceremony or service, or even in an informal group at a party will know there is a power in people singing together, whether for pleasure, performance or some other purpose. Street demonstrations, pickets and marches often use singing - as well as the more pervasive chanting - to convey a message, buoy the demonstrators and build solidarity.

This session is a kind of musical essay, using talk, singing and composition to explore a few well-known songs for marches, but also introducing less-familiar numbers from New Zealand history, and the stories behind them. You will have the option of joining in on some of the songs, and with your help, the Song Snatchers will also create one or two new songs suitable for rallies and marches, on the spot. A guest singer will perform one of his own compositions.

The Song Snatchers are Anne Russell, David Johnstone, Jane Shallcrass, Marie Russell and Robin Brew. This group of old friends has been performing together in different combinations (mostly as ‘The Magpies’) over the past two decades, singing acapella folk songs, madrigals and anything else that took their fancy. More recently we have researched and presented performances of ‘musical essays’, such as “Songs of work and workers”, “Parodies and borrowed tunes” and “Singing from the same song sheet: ‘Music to schools’ broadcasts in New Zealand 1931–1979”.