In 2005 The South Auckland Choral Society set up a Scholarship programme to encourage young musicians to gain experience in singing with choirs and help further their musical careers. In 2010 an application was received from Jonathan Dunlop, then aged 16, and he joined the choir as a tenor while continuing his musical education with private tutors before becoming a student in The Auckland University Music Department.
As the youngest of three brothers Jono [as he is affectionately known] had been very involved in music competitions from Auckland to Te Awamutu, with special emphasis in SAPACS, the South Auckland Performing Arts Society annual Franklin competitions. As a solo singer and musician, Jono with his brothers Andrew (woodwind) and Michael (piano and violin) have won many trophies over the years. For many years the Dunlop Trio made their name in South Auckland and were in great demand as entertainers.
Jono developed excellent skills as a pianist and at the end of 2012 was appointed accompanist for the SACS choir, and with his interest in conducting he was asked to conduct the choir for their mid-2016 concert. During his time in the music department of Auckland University, Jono continued his association with SACS while completing his Master of Music with Honours in Piano in 2017.
And now, in 2018, the wheel has turned full circle for Jono as he prepares the choir for its next concert as its new Musical Director. Currently studying for his Ph. D in piano
performance, the choir will celebrate its winter concert season by performing two great choral compositions chosen by Jono, Joseph Haydn’s “The Nelson Mass” and Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria”.
In addition to conducting the choir, Jono will play cello in the Beethoven ‘Gassenhauer’ trio in B flat major, Opus 11, with Alex Eichelbaum on clarinet and Camila Oliveira on piano. Camila is a professional pianist from Brazil who is making her mark in the New Zealand musical scene. Composed in 1798, this trio conforms to the ‘Classical’ traditions set down by Haydn and Mozart, one can still hear Beethoven setting the benchmark for his later works, such as the late symphonies, string quartets and piano sonatas.
Soloists for this concert will be Joel Amosa, bass, Filipe Manu, tenor, Jessica Wells, Alto and Madison Nonoa, Soprano. These top performers are currently competing in the up-coming Lexus Song Quest to be held in Auckland Town Hall at 7.30pm, Saturday 28 July.
The concert will take place on Sunday 12th August at 2.30 pm in Crossroads Methodist Church, Broadway, Papakura.
Tickets, $30 for adults and $10 for students, are available from:
• Life Pharmacy, Roselands, Papakura
• Pat James – email patjames.SACS@hotmail.com or phone (09) 2671839
• On-line at Eventfinda
• Doors sales