Uwe Grodd, dramatically spotlit against shadowy ranks of choristers, kept words to a minimum, introducing the Bach Bruckner concert - and the performances that followed more than lived up to promotional material promising that this mighty combo of Bach, Bruckner, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Auckland Choral would deliver a powerful punch.

By way of an overture, Philip Smith made Bach's D minor Toccata and Fugue a showcase for our magnificent Auckland Town Hall organ, moving from spine-tingling grandeur to the most delicate of colourings. Three short choral items both played favourites with a spry, confident stride through Bach's Jesu Joy