An a capella male community choir from Waiheke, V12 sing popular music using close harmony to create a deep, resonant sound that moves an audience.
From places throughout New Zealand and the world (Canada,Ireland, UK, Mexico) we were all drawn to the beauty, culture and diversity of Waiheke Island – the best island in the world! And that’s where are staying!
The choir meets weekly to practise – an opportunity for a diverse group of men to meet, socialise and enjoy music. As members of a unique and tight community our members are strongly motivated to give back to our island and the choir appears regularly in concerts and fundraisers on the island. Aside from such performances, the group stages one big concert a year. Members select a theme such as New Zealand songs, music from movies or The Beatles. V12’s season of songs from The Beatles drew 500 people to the group’s two-night show.
Ranging in age from seventeen to seventy plus, the fifteen members perform popular music principally from the second half of the 20th century. Examples include works by Billy Joel, Rogers and Hammerstein, Paul Simon, Dave Dobbyn, Elton John, James Taylor and the Beach Boys. The choir’s repertoire features a variety of pace, light and shade, close harmonies, occasional instrumentation, and humour – creating great cut-through ideal for either indoor or outdoor events.
John MacKay (www.johnmackaymusic.com) has worked with some of Canada’s finest jazz musicians while simultaneously working some “commercial gigs” with various artists, including Roger Whittaker and Jim Carey. John divides his time between the US, Canada and New Zealand, leading an active musical life, performing, recording, composing and teaching.
As a composer John is active in a number of different fields, including jazz, contemporary classical, theatre, choral and pop. His theatrical song-cycle entitled “War is an Avalanche”, based on Anzac letters from the First World War, received its world premier in Apr. of 2015, receiving rave reviews.
If you would like to join us, or have us perform for your event. contact:
Lynn Humphrey (Chairman)
V12 Mens A Capella Choir
m. 021 748 846