Open Song

bookingGirl.pngThis non-auditioned choir is open to anyone who wants to sing. No previous experience necessary. Scholarships and concessions available.

7 Wednesdays, 7.30pm - 9.30pm
July 22 and 29.
August 5, 12, 19, 26.
September 2.

Room 6, Phillipstown Hub, 39 Nursery Road, Phillipstown (map)
Cost: $70; First night only: $15
(if you can't afford to pay, just come anyway)
Bookings helpful: Book here
For more information phone Gary: 03 981 8729 or email:

Lose yourself in the crowd and find yourself in the collective sound, Singing joyful rhythmic songs from Africa, Rich dark harmonies from Israel and Eastern Europe, contemporary rock songs and the sweet sounds of the Pacific.

Open Song is an ongoing world music choir run by Nikki Berry that is open to members at the start of each term. It lasts for seven Wednesday nights. The first night is a chance to go through most of the songs, and for people to 'test the waters' if they are new to the group. In the past it has been traditional to hold a concert on the final night. This term we'll decide as a choir what we want to do.

Although we have a steady core group who attend many Open Song choirs, it's fine to sign up for one or more, term by term.

 (For more information and testimonials, see Nikki's Website)

The Tutors:

Gary-and-Nikki2.jpgNikki Berry's background is as a songwriter, community choir leader, arranger and singing teacher. Over the years she has trained as an audio engineer, been an instrument maker, played bass and guitar in a range of original bands, and taught general music skills to adults and young people. She currently leads the exuberant world music choir, A Capellago, and leads workshops for singers throughout New Zealand.

Gary Easterbrook grew up in Whangarei, and has flown airplanes, driven trucks, worked in forestry, flirted with television... the list goes on. His musical career has been equally varied - from heavy rock to bluegrass and country, blues and jazz to world music. He learned piano as an eleven year old, took up guitar at fourteen, then bass guitar and back to piano (with a dabble on drums along the way). He's now happy on all these instruments, and also arranges music for choirs. Besides music, Gary loves surfing, sea kayaking and photography.