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: Monday evenings, at 7:30, for 2 hours.
Held in the Tui Room, St Barnabas Anglican Church, Cnr Fendalton Rd & Tui St, Fendalton, Christchurch.

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Rum, dum, dum (live)

Gypsy Song (live)


Songs from the Balkans

Celebrating the Balkan Spirit

Saturday, 8th October, 2016
Musical Theater, 95 Atawhai Drive, Nelson
Time: 7:30pm

Adult $15, Senior/Unwaged $10, Children free
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Celebrating the Balkan Spirit in Song & Dance

Featuring Farandol Folkdancers

Saturday, 22th October, 2016
Arts Centre Great Hall, 2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch
Time: 7:30pm

Adult $10, Children free
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Christchurch, 8140


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