Past Event16 Apr 2020

Rejoice & Requiem

No longer available

Auckland Town Hall

Classical music

In light of the situation with COVID-19, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) is deeply disappointed to let you know that all APO concerts scheduled for April have been cancelled.

They know you will be as disappointed as they are. However, the health and well-being of the audience, staff and musicians is the primary concern. The concerts that have been cancelled include:

Great Classics: Rejoice & Requiem
Thursday 16 April, Auckland Town Hall

NZ Herald Premier Series: Transformations
Thursday 23 April, Auckland Town Hall

As Auckland's orchestra, the APO is still committed to playing for this city and will continue to stream content for your enjoyment. Check regularly for more information on upcoming APO Encore streams.

Ticket holders shall receive a full refund from the point of purchase.  If customers have any queries regarding their booking, please contact Ticketmaster



Conductor Stephen Layton 
Soprano Sara Macliver 
Baritone Laurence Williams 
Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir 
Director Karen Grylls 

Britten Simple Symphony 

Handel Music for the Royal Fireworks 

Fauré Requiem [1883 ed. Rutter]


‘Once upon a time there was a prep school boy,’ wrote Britten. ‘There was one curious thing: he wrote music, reams of it.’ The former prep school boy recycled some of his best juvenilia into this captivating piece.

Handel’s splendid Fireworks Music was composed for a grand celebration, marred only by stray pyrotechnics burning down some buildings. The APO’s pyrotechnics will be solely musical. 

Fauré saw death as ‘an aspiration towards the happiness of the hereafter’; his bright, serene Requiem entirely omits Judgment Day. The great British choral conductor Stephen Layton returns to the APO with Fauré’s intimate, rarely heard original version.

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