Gale Force Gospel

To join – just come along!

  • We meet on Monday evenings from 6pm during school terms.

  • The venue is the hall behind St Andrew's on the Terrace, Wellington.

  • New singers are always welcome. The choir is open to all singers without audition.

  • Singers do not need to be able to read music to join the choir.

  • Interested singers get to try out their first night for free.

Singing dates for 2023

  • Term 1: 13 February3 April

  • Term 2: 24 April26 June (incl. King's Birthday)

  • Term 3: 17 July – 18 September

  • — Annual Concert probably in September TBC

  • Term 4: 9 October – 11 December (incl. Labour Day)

In the Room or On Zoom

Read COVID guidelines below (Oct 2022) and read the weekly email.

Gale Force Gospel normally meets in the hall at the back of St Andrews on the Terrace at 6pm on Mondays during school terms.

We continue to also run a Zoom session of these rehearsals so that members who are unwell, or unable to get to choir that night, can still sit in on rehearsals remotely. A link to join via Zoom is available for members only (check the weekly email). A recording of this is available afterwards if you can't make it on the day you can catch up later.

Guidelines for GFG (Updated Oct 2022)

Gale Force Gospel Choir acknowledges that singing increases the transmission of aerosols and therefore increases the risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19 to others. We have developed the following guidance for the choir for operation in the current situation. If you wish you can choose additional ways to protect yourself, e.g. wearing a well-fitting mask or joining rehearsals by Zoom.

We have referred to the guidance of the government and the New Zealand Choral Federation. If the risk of COVID-19 increases and Wellington goes into Red we will again seek input from the choir and review the guidance.

  • Reasons for not attending: Stay home if you feel unwell, test positive for COVID-19, or have been potentially exposed to COVID-19 (make sure you join us on Zoom though!).

  • Record of attendance: sign in on the attendance sheet when you arrive.

  • Ventilation: We will be continuing to keep the space well ventialted by leaving the windows and doors open. Bring additional warm layers. Take responsibility for your own comfort.

  • Masks: Masks are recommended but not required. Some masks work better than others for giving extra breathing space. Ask around what types might suit.

  • Physical distancing: You can choose to keep distance from other singers if you want to, the hall is quite large.

  • Hygiene: Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser and cough/sneeze into your elbow. Bring your own water bottle.

Membership Subscription

There is an annual membership fee to cover costs of running the choir. You can also pay each term if you prefer. The price is the same whether you pay by year or by term. Please note the increase for 2023 as costs have risen while membership has fallen.

Please pay by the second Monday of the term and make payments online, details below.

Payment options for 2023:

  • $440 per year

  • $110 per term

New singers who join during the second half of a term pay only $55.

Our online banking details:

  • Account Number: (Kiwibank) 38 9017 0802983 00

  • Account Name: Gale Force Gospel Inc

  • Don't forget to add your surname and Term #

Fees are non-refundable. In cases of significant hardship, the core group may approve exceptions. Please contact us if you have any questions about fees.

Keep in touch — become a Friend of Gale Force

If you are interested in supporting Gale Force Gospel Choir but not as a singing member, you can join our Friends network. We will email to tell you about our annual concert and other events. We promise not to spam you.

Simply send your name and email address to us at info@galeforcegospel.org.nz and ask to be added to the 'Friends of Gale Force' list.

Support the choir — donate to keep the choir going

It's been a rough ride these last two years, but we have managed to weather the storm! If you have the means to donate some extra $ to help keep the choir going, you can do so at any time. We will grealy appreciate it. Gale Force Gospel Choir Inc is a registered charity (CC55180) and any donations over $5 are tax deductible.

St Andrews on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington 6011