With its sea of candles, exceptionally-talented musicians and wide-ranging selection of concerts, Candlelight concerts in Auckland enchant and enthrall audiences all year round. Sensational tributes to Vivaldi, ABBA, Adele, U2 and more are set to dazzle concertgoers in the city with awe-inspiring musical performances in magnificent settings. Whether on your own, with a mate, a group of friends, or a special someone, there’s a performance to entertain everybody.
Intimate and extraordinary atmospheres continue to be created at some of Auckland’s most beautiful and unique venues including the 150-year-old Presbyterian Church St. Luke’s and the historic St Mary’s in Holy Trinity Church. Experience the magic of live music under the gentle glow of Candlelight in stunning settings across the city.
Featured Candlelight Concerts in Auckland
Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is one of the most famous ballets ever made. And at this magical Candlelight concert, the compositions from this stunning ballet and more including The Nutcracker will be performed by Kulios String Quartet. A sea of twinkling candles will be lighting up Holy Trinity Cathedral to create an intimate atmosphere perfect to hear these marvelous works in. But that’s not all. A group of talented ballerinas will take to the stage to twist and spin to the soothing sounds of these famous compositions and more.
Cinephiles will be more than familiar with the German composer Hans Zimmer’s powerful scores. Holy Trinity Cathedral welcomes Kulios String Quartet for a breathtaking candlelit tribute featuring performances of some of Zimmer’s most famous pieces. Prepare to be captivated by music from Pirates of the Caribbean, Gladiator, The Lion King, and more as the melodies sweep you up and transport you to memorable on-screen moments.
All Upcoming Candlelight Concerts in Auckland
The atmosphere of hundreds of candles is a wondrous spectacle that amplifies the live-music experience. And, for the length of the 60-65 minute performance, the candle-music combo creates a parallel realm where audiences are carried away by each and every note played.
So far, thousands of candles have lent their gentle glow to Auckland’s sensational Candlelight concerts and the greatest works of classical music as well as legendary jazz, rock, pop and film classics have been performed in the flickering light.
A recurring question regarding Candlelight is, What do you wear to Candlelight? The simple answer is that Candlelight has no dress code and there is no obligation to dress up in your finest attire—it’s not the opera. However, to save you from any drama, then think smart-casual with an emphasis on being comfortable, clean and relaxed.
Candlelight has been met with countless 5-star reviews since arriving in Auckland. Guests have said that the evenings are “a creative, enchanting, and new concert experience” and that “the performers were fantastic!”
“This concert was awesome! The singer and musicians, the venue all in all it was a fantastic event.” – Best of Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and more
“What an evening! The two musicians (piano and cello) were obviously talented. Maybe even more noteworthy was how palpable their love of the music that they were playing was. The setting was perfect, the acoustics amazing, all in all an incredible experience!✨” – Tribute to Ludovico Einaudi and Ennio Morricone
“Musicians were amazing. The music was absolutely wonderful.” – A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac
“Fantastic music experience that takes you down memory lane” – A Tribute to ABBA
The Candlelight gift card is the gift of a candlelit, live-music experience. They’re immensely popular and are capable of captivating all thanks to the broad range of genres that Candlelight celebrates. Whether the gift card is for a mate, a date, or for the family, they’ll be sure to find a magical concert that suits them.
Typically, there are two 60-minute Candlelight concerts in Auckland every evening, an early and a later session, which gives audiences ample choice and opportunity to experience music by Candlelight the way they would like to. It also gives audiences plenty of time to go out for dinner before or after and make the night more of a memorable experience.
Please note: For the safety of performers and the audience, all of the candlelight will be provided through flameless candles.