Gale Force Gospel

Upcoming Events

2024

5 FebStart of Term 1

2 Mar – Mini-concert, Saturday 6:30pm at Newtown Community Centre (singing for <45min)

8 Apr – Last night of Term 1


29 Apr – Start of Term 2

02 May – Movie Fundraiser night at Penthouse, Brooklyn (from 6pm)

Early May – Annual General Meeting (during a rehearsal)

1 Jul  – Last night of Term 2


22 July – Start of Term 3

DATE TBC –  Annual Concert, mid-late September

23 Sept – Last night of Term 3


14 Oct – Start of Term 4

16 Dec – Last night of Term 4

13th Anniversary Celebration Concert

Summer Concert 2024Newtown Community Centre

Saturday 02 March 2024. 6:30pm. Whare Tapere, Newtown Community Centre

Entry by gold coin koha. Come along and hear the choir sing through some of their all time favourite songs from the African American Gospel tradition. Then join in, and sing one or two with them.

Newtown Community Centre cnr Rintoul & Colombo St, Wellington.

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Past Events

2023

13 Feb – Start of Term 1

30 Mar — Movie Fundraiser night Red White and Brass at Penthouse, Brooklyn

3 Apr – Last night of Term 1


24 Apr – Start of Term 2

26 Jun  – Last night of Term 2


17 July – Start of Term 3

6 Aug –  Begonia House mini-concert, Sunday 6 August at 11am

17 Sept –  Annual Concert, Sunday 17 September at 3:30pm

18 Sept – Last night of Term 3


9 Oct – Start of Term 4

11 Dec – Last night of Term 4


DATE TBC — Potential gospel weekend with Kāpiti Gospel (likely in Kāpiti)

Glory, a concert by Gale Force Gospel

Spring Concert 2023 – St Andrews on the Terrace

Sunday 17 Sep 2023. 3:30pm. St Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington.

$20 waged / $10 unwaged / Kids under 13 free.

We are excited to present Gale Force Gospel Choir's 2023 concert 'Glory' at St Andrew's on the Terrace on Sunday 17 September from 3:30pm. Join us for an afternoon of toe-tapping and maybe even hand-clapping good times!

Tickets (via Humanitix)
Bring cash on the day for gold coin raffles!

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Choir members by there 1:15pm for rehearsal in the church from 1:30pm.

Mini-concert at Begonia House

Friends of the Wellington Botanic Gardens 

Sunday 6 Aug 2023. 11am. The Begonia House at the Lady Norwood Rose Garden, Wellington Botanic Gardens.

Koha entry, for Friends of the Wellington Botanic Gardens

Join us on the first Sunday of the month at 11.00am for a musical treat. Community choirs and solo artists perform in the foyer of the Begonia House. Koha is collected at the door with all proceeds going to the Friends education centre in the (soon to be refurbished) Begonia House. Check out the facebook page for all the information you need.

Choir members be there by 10:30am. We'll be singing for about 45mins from 11.

Red, White and Brass

Movie Fundraiser – Penthouse Cinema, Brooklyn 

30 March 2023. Penthouse Cinema, Brookyln.

Movie tickets $22  |  Bring gold coins for raffles on the day

Red, White and Brass follows the story of Maka, a Tongan superfan, will do whatever it takes to get tickets to the Tonga v France Rugby World Cup game — even if that means promising to deliver a brass band for the pre-match entertainment. Only problem is, the band doesn't exist and Maka has four weeks to make one. Inspired by a true story. (85mins)

Movie Tickets via Humanitix  click here…

Movie Trailer on YouTube  click here…

Choir members be there from 6:00pm. We'll be singing before the screening (film starts 6:30pm)

2022

31 Jan – Start of Term 1

4 Apr – Last night of Term 1 (ending one week early!)


2 May – Start of Term 2

4 July  – Last night of Term 2


25 July – Start of Term 3

25 Sept — Annual Concert is on Sunday @ 3:30pm. Rehearsal in church from 1:30pm.

26 Sept – Last night of Term 3


17 Oct – Start of Term 4

19 Dec – Last night of Term 4

Way in the Middle of the Air:

Gale Force Gospel Choir — 2022 Spring Concert

Sunday 25 September 2022 from 3:30pm
St Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington

General Admission $20 / Unwaged $10 / Kids under 12 Free
Bring gold coins for raffles on the day!

Tickets via Humanitix
https://events.humanitix.com/way-in-the-middle-of-the-air

Choir members be there from 1:30pm for rehearsal in the church.

2021

20 Dec 2021 – Last night of Term 4

18 Oct 2021 — First night of Term 4

09 Oct 2021 — Good Trouble, New Songs for Social Justice. Workshop by Carol Shortis at St Peters on Willis.

27 Sep 2021 — Last night of Term 3

26 July 2021 — Term 3 rehearsals start, 6pm in the Hall behind St Andrew's on The Terrace. All are welcome.

03 July 2021 — Annual concert, 7pm, "At a Time Like This" at St Andrew's on The Terrace

30 May 2021 — Futuna Chapel concert 2pm

15 May 2021 — ‘10 Years of Gospel’ workshop with Carol Shortis

Good Trouble:

New Songs for Social Justice

Saturday 9th October 2021, 10am 4pm, Garden Room at St Peters on Willis, Wellington.

A workshop sharing the very latest in original songs written for community choirs by US song leaders. Drawing on a substantial body of new work responding to the Black Lives Matter and intersectional social justice movements, I’ve selected songs that need to be sung right here and right now: songs by African American writers; songs for justice and equity; songs that are easy to learn by ear and travel out into the world through voices and hearts. 

Click through to Carol's website for more details and bookings for this one day workshop ($60).


[Note: Not a Gale Force Gospel Choir run event]

At A Time Like This:

Gale Force Gospel – Annual Concert 2021 

Saturday 3 July 2021, 7pm, St Andrews on the Terrace.

Adults $15  |  Unwaged $10  |  Under 12 Free

Book your tickets now (scroll down) or view our event on Humanitix.

Bring gold coins for raffles on the day.

Gale Force Gospel Choir's major concert for the year is led by our wonderful new director, Ben Woods. We sing moving and uplifting gospel songs, with lots of arrangements by the incomparable Tony Backhouse, and also Ben Woods and founding director Carol Shortis.

We acknowledge the financial support of a grant from Wellington City Council through the Creative Communities Local Funding Scheme which covered some costs associated with our 2021 'Futuna' and ‘Annual' concert series.

Choir members be there from 5pm, for rehearsal in the church at 5:30–6:30pm.

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Colours of Futuna:

Concert Series 2021

Sunday 30th May 2021, 2pm, Futuna Chapel, Karori.

We are once again singing in the beautiful Futuna Chapel in Karori. 

Audience size is limited in this small venue, so tell your friends and family to book tickets in advance ($10) through the EventBrite website to avoid disappointment at the door.

If driving, remember to park out on the main streets (such as Friend St), as there is no public parking available within the Futuna Close complex. 

We acknowledge the financial support of a grant from Wellington City Council through the Creative Communities Local Funding Scheme which covered some costs associated with our 2021 'Futuna' and ‘Annual' concert series.

Choir members please be there before 12:45pm

10 Years of Gospel:

New Songs for Social Justice

Saturday 15th May 2021, 9.30am – 3.30pm, St Peters Hall, Paekākāriki.

It’s 10 years (to the day!) since Tony Backhouse presented a fantastic weekend of African American Gospel singing in Plimmerton and Carol is bringing us together again to celebrate. 

Click through to Carol's website for more details and bookings for this one day workshop ($60).



[Not a Gale Force Gospel Choir run event, but attendance is encouraged!]

2020

17 November 2020 — Movie Fundraiser 'I Am Woman', a biopic film about singer Helen Reddy

26–28 June 2020 — Weekend workshop and Charity Concert (Kaibosh) at St Andrews on the Terrace.

7 March 2020 — Newtown Festival performance on Gordon Street Stage.


Gale Force Gospel singing at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul