Colours of Futuna Concert Series 2016

Sunday afternoon concert series

Weekly from 17th January to 20th March inclusive, at 2pm

Some of Wellington’s most outstanding soloists, chamber music ensembles and choirs perform in an exciting line-up of concerts over the summer. Experience the seasons’ progression through the light-filled windows of John Scott’s Chapel of Futuna in Karori, whilst enjoying the very best of New Zealand music.

Concerts will be approximately 1 hour long, starting at 2:00pm each Sunday afternoon. All tickets cost $10 per concert, and will be available either at the door (cash only) or from Dash Tickets.

More information about the concerts is available on the Colours of Futuna Concert Series 2016 page.

Futuna Lecture Series 2016




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Lene Tranberg

The Friends of Futuna Charitable Trust is delighted to announce that architect Lene Tranberg from Denmark will be the Futuna guest lecturer in 2016 and present the 6th Futuna Lecture Series in New Zealand during March 2016. Lene will give three lectures commencing in Auckland at the Art Gallery auditorium on Wednesday 16th March followed by Christchurch on Thursday 17th March. The Wellington lecture will be held in the Futuna Chapel on Saturday 19th March.

“A building should be generous. It should give more than it takes. It should take part in the life of the city and give something away for free”.

Lene has a distinctive career in Denmark working in and managing the practice of Lundgaard and Tranberg formed in 1985. This is a significant and creative practice, which has authored some of the most important cultural projects in Europe.  The firm gained prominence after the turn of the millennium with a number of high-profile buildings in Copenhagen, including most notably the Tietgenkollegiet student residences and the Royal Danish Playhouse. Both are generally considered to be among the most successful Danish buildings of the decade.

Lene has been at the helm of this practice for 30 years, and her work is characterised by extraordinary conceptual rigour, and humanist clarity, steeped in the humanist tradition exemplified by fellow Danish architect Jorn Utzon’s work. Winner of 5 RIBA European Awards, Danish Business Woman of the Year 2010, Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog and judge in international architectural competitions such as the Mies van der Rohe Award (2015). Lene has taught in Denmark and the United States and is an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Through her work Lene has accrued significant and worthy international acclaim. She will talk about her architectural philosophy and vision and demonstrate how these are incorporated into her work and that of her practice.

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  • Auckland – Wednesday 16th March
  • Christchurch – Thursday 17th March
  • Wellington – Saturday 19th March

Venue and ticketing details will be announced later this year. Tickets will be available on-line at Dashtickets in January 2016. There will be CPD points for NZ registered architects.

The Futuna Lecture Series is the largest annual fundraising event for the Trust and would not be possible without the support, to date, of the following:

  • The Warren Trust
  • Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington branches of the NZIA

The Trust is grateful for this support in helping to bring this unique annual lecture series to NZ for the 6th year running.

More details about Lene and the lecture series is available here.

Alejandro Aravena – Futuna Lecture Series 2015

Futuna Concert Series 2015 FlyerIn March 2015 the Friends of Futuna Charitable Trust is proud to be hosting Alejandro Aravena as he gives lectures in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch as the guest speaker for the 2015 Futuna Lecture Series.

To purchase tickets please follow these links to the Dash Tickets website:

Auckland Lecture, Wednesday 25 March 2015
Christchurch Lecture, Thursday 26 March 2015
Wellington Lecture, Sunday 29 March 2015

The Trust is delighted that Alejandro Aravena of ELEMENTAL in Santiago Chile is our guest lecturer in 2015.  Alejandro has been a member of the Pritzker Prize Jury since 2009.  This prize is regarded internationally as the ‘Nobel” prize for Architecture.  This year it was awarded to Shigeru Ban best known in NZ for the temporary Cathedral in Christchurch.  Alejandro has also been awarded the Silver Lion of the Venice Biennale (2008) and the Index Award in Denmark (2011) and has taught architecture at Harvard University. His work was exhibited at MoMA in 2010 and at the Whitney Museum in 2011, and he has been included in the Pompidou collection.

Alejandro has been named one of the 20 new heroes of the world by
Monocle magazine and the recipient of the Marcus Prize 2009, celebrating
young architects of outstanding promise and talent. His architecture is described in the book WHITE MOUNTAIN  – Architecture in Chile as essential and rigorous in the way he uses materials “exposed concrete,  wood, glass, steel, masonry, copper and stone are composed, coupled, and superimposed, achieving aesthetic, functional and formal solutions that are strongly original”.  Alejandro has “helped place contemporary Chilean architecture in the international discourse of the discipline”.

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Children’s Workshop Vitra

His work includes buildings for Universidad Catolica (Mathematics School, Medical School, Architecture School, Siamese Towers for Digital Technology and more recently the Angelini Innovation Center), St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, a Children Workshop and Chairless for Vitra, a building for Novartis in their new campus in China, the Metropolitan Promenade and Children’s Park in Santiago, the reconstruction of the city of Constitucion after the 2010 earthquake, the redesign of the Copper mining town of Calama and a wide range of social housing projects in Chile and abroad starting in 2004 with Quinta Monroy, the first case following the principles established by Elemental for incremental housing.

Alejandro is a sought after speaker – in a few short months his TED talk My architectural philosophy? Bring the community into the process has been viewed over 780,000 times.

Alejandro will give the first lecture of the Futuna Lecture Series 2015 in Auckland at the Auckland Art Gallery auditorium on Wednesday 25th March, followed by Christchurch on Thursday 26th March and then at Futuna Chapel in Wellington on Sunday 29th March.  There will be CPD points for registered architects.

This event is the largest annual fundraising event for the Trust and would not be possible without the support of the following:

Architectural Profiles Ltd The Warren Trust



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NZ Institute of Architects
Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington

The Trust is grateful for this support in helping to bring this unique lecture series to NZ for the 5th  year running.

Further reading about Alejandro Aravena:

Ariana Tikao Concert 1 November 2014

Ariana Tikao and Special Guests
Kia Mataara single tour

Futuna Chapel 1 November 6:00pm

Acclaimed performer Ariana Tikao (Kai Tahu) will release Kia Mataara in November. The single has been eagerly anticipated by Tikao’s fans and will be supported by a multi-date November tour of the South Island, Wellington and Auckland, starting in Wellington on 1 November at Futuna Chapel, Karori.

For more details see

About Ariana Tikao:

Ariana is a unique, award-winning singer, songwriter and performer. Her haunting, heartfelt music forms a connection with her listeners. She draws on folk and pop styles with a strong emphasis on Maori chant. The ethereal music Ariana creates is inspired and influenced by her Maori ancestry and she draws upon the dramatic landscape of Te Wai Pounamu – the South Island of New Zealand.

Kia Mataara” is proudly supported by:

2014 Colours of Futuna Concert Series

Welcome to the 2014 series of concerts at Futuna Chapel. We hope that you will enjoy some of the special musical treats we have on offer for you this year in your very own boutique venue here in the Futuna community.

This year there will be a total of twelve concerts each approximately 1 hour long, starting at 2:00pm each Sunday afternoon. All tickets cost $10 per concert, and are available on the door (cash only) or from Dash Tickets

21 September 2014 Geoffrey Coker & friends
Medieval/Renaissance/Baroque repertoire

With Melanie Newfield and Laurie Fleming, Tabea Squire and students of the New Zealand School of Music. Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater; two bits of Bach; some Purcell and the 14th century Pange Melos (with complimentary parallel seconds!)

28 September 2014 Pepe Becker & Douglas Mews
“The Cares of Lovers” – soprano and virginal

Pepe Becker – soprano, Douglas Mews – virginal

This brief sojourn through late 16th Century to late 17th Century songs of love by English and Italian composers (including two pieces using the other’s language: one in Italian by an English composer, and one in English by an Italian composer) touches upon almost every “care” that a lover may experience…

The pleasing pains of tormented, unrequited and conquering love;
The dismal, mournful anguish of lost, forbidden or dying love;
The all-consuming rage, bitterness or vengeance induced by unreciprocated or unfaithful love;
The sweet innocence of young, pastoral love;
And the passionate desire and impatient eagerness of lustful love…

…to name but a few!

It is said that the language of love is universal, and no doubt the sentiments expressed in these songs are as relevant today as they were hundreds of years ago……

5 October 2014 One World, Many Flutes

10604608_693237630757200_1318610962999956542_oWellington’s Native American Flutes with Swami Madhuram (bansuri) and Henare Walmsley (taonga puoro).

A wonderful afternoon of music bringing together flutes from many cultures, featuring Native American Style Flute, Indian Bansuri Flute, Armanian Duduk, Maori Koauau & Puturino. Hear these hand-crafted instruments played by accomplished musicians who tap into their spontaneous creativity to improvise and explore new relationships. Bliss out and enjoy new sounds in the Chapel.

12 October 2014 Jamie Garrick & Cameron Sloan
classic guitar duo

Jamie and Cameron are both recent graduates of NZSM. They will perform a mix of solo and duo music for classical guitar, ranging from the 17th century to the 20th century, from Spain to the States, Eastern Europe to the South Pacific!

19 October 2014 Bernard Wells with Pedro Dali and Noel Clayton
Flute, violin and guitar

With Mark Howell, Jonathan Berkahn, Carol Shortis and Duncan Davidson. The recorder leads ‘An Endless Trace’ of dance music, from Medieval, Renaissance through Middle Eastern/Spanish and the Balkans to Karori.

26 October 2014 Michelle Velvin  & Jennifer Newth
harp recital

VelvinTwo harps play in the sublime acoustic of Futuna Chapel. Jennifer will be performing pieces by Benjamin Britten, Gabriel Fauré and Kenneth Young, and Michelle will perform pieces by Domenico Scarlatti, Pepe Becker and Andy Scott. Together they will perform several Debussy pieces, and Manannan Mac y Lir arranged by Charles Guard for two harps.

2 November 2014 Kamala Bain (recorder) & Rowena Simpson (soprano)Rowena and Kamala 44 edited (1)
“Traveling Spirits” – soprano with recorder

Kamala and Rowena have been working together as a duo since 2011. “Travelling Spirits”, will present a programme of contemporary and old music using programmatic pieces with a lively presentation.


9 November 2014 Gale Force Gospel Choir
presentation of gospel quartets

Wellington’s Gale Force Gospel Choir have presented a number of concerts at Futuna Chapel. They return this year with a programme of quartet and small ensemble pieces, for a slightly more sedate afternoon of gospel classics.

16 November 2014 Dean Major & Robert Ibell
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Three varied and colourful duets for violin and cello are presented in this concert by NZSO musicians Dean Major and Robert Ibell. The lively interplay in Haydn’s Duo for Violin and Cello in D is complemented by warm Romantic sonorities in a selection from Glière’s Eight Duets Opus 39. The maginificent and  Sonata for Violin & Cello by Ravel, dedicated to the memory of Debussy, rounds out the programme.

23 November 2014 Vox Serbicus choir

Vox SerbicusVox Serbicus is a New Zealand civic choir specialising in a Serbian a cappella repertoire. It is the only one of its type in New Zealand. Vox Serbicus performs a wide selection of music ranging from an inspirational orthodox sacred repertoire, to rhythmic and fiery folk tunes; all sung a cappella in traditional Slavic style by a blend of voices ranging from beautiful sopranos to deep basses.

30 November 2014 Libero Singers

LiberoLibero Singers have been developing their vocal and harmony skills over the last two years under the guidance of Suryagita Cox. For the Futuna concert this year they are offering a programme of sacred and world songs, some arranged/composed by Suryagita. They will be joined by Dharma Singers, which Suryagita leads. Come and enjoy an afternoon of rich harmonies and and soulful singing!

7 December 2014 Konstanze Artmann and Margaret Guldborg
Violin and cello

Something for everyone in this last concert of the 2014 season. Konstanze Artmann (violin) and Margaret Guldborg (cello) play Mexican Huapangos by Mike Curtis, and duos by Erwin Schulhoff and Arthur Honegger.


Futuna Chapel Open Days 2013





Following on from the success of the Chapel Open Days in 2013 the Trust have decided to have the Chapel open on a monthly basis namely the first Sunday of each month from May until December.

The Chapel will be open between 10am and 2pm. Entry is by koha.

Dates are: May 4th, June 1st, July 6th, August 3rd, September 7th, October 5th, November 2rd, December 7th.

Please take this opportunity to come and experience Futuna Chapel, and learn about its history, construction, and its unique place in New Zealand architecture.