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Christchurch choir, Musica Balkanica is an amateur a cappella choir, formed in 2004 by enthusiastic singers from the Balkan region and New Zealand. Our primary aim is to celebrate and "spread the joy" of the wonderful and large musical heritage of this region, in both sacred and folk genres.

The sacred pieces, from Eastern Orthodox tradition (many from the Divine Liturgy), date from Byzantine times to last century. The folk songs cover the whole range from wistful love-songs and patriotic laments to drinking songs and frantic village dances. Some folk pieces are accompanied by a tapan - a large, double-sided Bulgarian drum, played with two different sticks to produce bass and treble notes.


We are always keen to welcome new members. If you are interested in singing great traditional songs, with magnificent four-part harmonies, please sit in on one of our rehearsals - no commitments! We provide complete learning material and lots of help with pronunciation.

Rehearsals: Tuesday evenings, at 7:30, for 2 hours.
Held in the meeting room at St Barnabas Church Parish Office, 8 Tui St, Fendalton, Christchurch.



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Rum, dum, dum (live)

Gypsy Song (live)

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Christmas in the Balkans
Beautiful carols from the Balkan region, with photos and commentary.

Sunday, 14th December, 2014
St Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 150 Withells Rd, Avonhead, Christchurch
Time: 7:00pm

Entry by koha/donation
Location map


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15 Wentworth St

Christchurch, 8041


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