About the Choir

Nelson Civic Choir is a community-based choir that is one of the oldest community choirs in the country. We celebrate our 160th anniversary in 2020. Our aim is to provide high quality performances of major classical choral works as well as many lesser known works. These concerts, in conjunction with orchestral or other accompaniment, add greatly to Nelson’s rich cultural tradition. We normally offer three concerts per year.


In 1988 the choir acquired its present name, reflecting its place in the community. A recent trend, welcomed by the choir, has been the participation of younger singers who have subsequently gone on to further their studies in music. We are proud to offer young people the opportunity to participate in major choral productions, both enhancing their experience and increasing their confidence in performance. 


We are a non-audition choir, which means that any singer in the Nelson region is welcomed. You do not have to be able to read music to join Nelson Civic Choir. We use sheet music and rehearse with an accompanist. Learning new musical repertoire and participating in concert performances is an enjoyable and life-enhancing activity for our members and gives pleasure to our audiences.

We meet on Tuesday evenings at the Nelson Centre for Musical Arts (NCMA), from 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm. Our annual subscription, which includes the loan of music we are singing, is $180.00 for an adult, and $90.00 for a student.

Members can pay by instalment or negotiate a reduced subscription fee because of hardship. We are happy for you to attend three rehearsals before you decide whether to join.

Please contact our Secretary, Rachel Ryan.

Choir Committee
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email: nccnoelstephens@gmail.com

Phone:  021 061 2568

Noel Stephens (Acting Chairperson)

Lindsay Vaughan (Treasurer)

Karen Gibson (Acting Secretary)

Patti Martin (Committee member)

Akasha Doel (Youth Representative)