Being born and bred in Wellington, my memory of the Town Hall was the annual Christmas Carol concert my Mum used to take me and my brother to every year, and although we never admitted it, it was really marvellous! As I was a choir boy at St Thomas’s in Newtown, it was quite a special occasion. The acoustics in the Town Hall were fabulous, and I can still remember the fantastic sounds of the orchestra along with the various choirs, especially the finale with the massed choirs. Absolutely beautiful.
For a number of years during the 1940s and 50s, the Anglican churches in Wellington held a combined choirs carol concert in the Town Hall. In those days many churches had a choir so the massed choir was quite large. I sang in the St Pauls Pro-Cathedral choir so got to be in the leading choir when we all processed into the auditorium and of course got to sit in the front row. I continued singing in them as an adult. The concerts attracted a large following and many of the carols sung included the audience. Not hard to imagine what a magnificent sound came from them all in concert together. All the singing was accompanied by the organ which was a feature of the Town Hall and must continue to be in the future.
Image: Carol concert of 1963, Wellington Town Hall. Crown Studios Ltd :Negatives and prints. Ref: 1/2-194593-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23235749