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Tuesday, January 1, 2002

Sandra Crawshaw

Sandra Crawshaw

Biography for Sandra Crawshaw, Pianist

Sandra Crawshaw is well-known in Dunedin both as a pianist and violinist. She was born in the Waikato, then moved to Auckland to study piano performance. During this time she won several National awards for piano, but still managed to play violin in orchestras including the National Youth Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia. She won an Associated Board Scholarship to study at The Royal College of Music in London for 3 years, winning several prizes during her time, including the Hopkinson Gold Medal for piano.

Too many years ago she returned to NZ and and been making music and raising a family here in Dunedin. In 2011 she was awarded a short-term Residency and Scholarship to the Banff Centre in Canada where she performed, recorded and lectured about Piano Music of Women Composers.

In September of 2012 Sandra has been invited to perform at Government House in Wellington at a special Gala Concert hosted by the Governor General and the Royal Overseas League as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

Matthew Wilson

Matthew Wilson

Biography for Matthew Wilson, Tenor

Matthew Wilson was born in Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, and started his musical education at the age of five with piano lessons. Whilst attending Palmerston North Boys’ High School he developed a love of choral singing and joined the OK Chorale under the direction of Graeme Young.

Matthew started singing lessons at the age of 16, which gave him the confidence to audition for the Performance Voice programme at the University of Otago.

During 2012 he was a member of both the National Youth Choir of New Zealand and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain in London, sang the role of Don Curzio in Opera Otago’s production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and the role of The Defendant in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury for The Really Authentic Gilbert and Sullivan Performance Trust. Matthew will complete his Bachelor of Music at the end of 2012, and plans to study Speech and Language Therapy in Auckland or Christchurch the following year.

John van Buskirk

John van Buskirk

Biography for John van Buskirk, Pianist

John Van Buskirk, a versatile pianist referred to by the New York Times as “sensitive and assertive”, has a broad experience of music as an academic and as a practical discipline. He has played from Los Angeles and New York to Budapest, Prince Edward Island and the Netherland Antilles as a recitalist, chamber music player and recital partner to singers and instrumentalists.

A graduate from the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School, he completed post-graduate study at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Wigmore Hall; also for radio broadcast in the USA and the UK.

John’s prolific recordings include those made as a member of The New York Chamber Symphony and the Harmonie Ensemble, amongst others. His solo recordings include Music of Robert Schumann, The Art of the Fortepiano, and Songs of Robert Schumann, with Jane Bryden, plus a recording of Allen Shawn’s Messages (Albany CD).

Since relocating to New Zealand, John has adjudicated several IRMT competitions, lectured and tutored at the University of Otago and served as an examiner for the New Zealand Music Examinations Board. He performs with violinist Tessa Petersen as the duo La Belle Alliance. This duo will be giving concerts in Brussels, London and Paris during September, playing programmes of Schubert, Bach and works by Mozart Fellows recorded on their recent CD, “RELEASE” (Ode Records).

Emma Fraser

Emma Fraser

Biography for Emma Fraser, Soprano

Emma Fraser completed a Bachelor and Post-Graduate Diploma in Music and a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) at the University of Otago. In 2005 she took up a two-year Emerging Performer Scholarship with the Australian Opera Studio in Perth, graduating with Honours. After relocating to London in 2007, Emma attended a two-week opera school in Tuscany and performed in festivals in Italy, France and the UK.

Her operatic repertoire includes title roles in Manon (Massenet) and Rodelinda (Handel); Sandrina, La Finta Giardiniera (Mozart); Gilda, Rigoletto (Verdi); Despina, Così fan tutte (Mozart); Zerbinetta, Ariadne auf Naxos (R. Strauss); Olympia, Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Offenbach); Pamina, Die Zauberflöte (Mozart) Frasquita, Carmen (Bizet) and Susanna, The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart).

Emma was winner of the North Shore Becroft Aria Contest (2004), the Otago Daily Times Aria Contest (2003), the Christchurch Dame Malvina Major Aria Contest (2003) and runner-up in the Wellington Aria Contest (2003). She was a semi-finalist in the Mobil Song Quest (2002), finalist in The Dame Sister Mary Leo Scholarship (2003) and in 2007, achieved third place in New Zealand’s most internationally recognised singing competition, the Lexus Song Quest.

Other performances include soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah (City of Dunedin Choir), and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (West Australian Ballet) and soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (Vector Wellington Orchestra). In 2011, Emma was named an NBR New Zealand Opera 2011/2012 PwC Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist. 

Thursday, January 13, 2000

Daniel O'Connor

Daniel O'Connor

Biography for Daniel O'Connor, Baritone

Born in Wellington, Daniel graduated with a Bachelor of Music in 2007 from Victoria University, where he studied under Emily Mair. He was a 2008/09 PWC Dame Malvina Emerging Artist, and understudied the role of Taddeo (L’Italiana in Algeri), Elviro (Xerxes) and the title roles in both The Marriage of Figaro and Eugene Onegin (went on) for New Zealand Opera.

Other operatic engagements include the title role in an English version of the Marriage of Figaro (Opera Days Bay), Badger/Parson in Janaček’s Cunning Little Vixen (NIMBY Opera), Nardo in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera (Opera Unlimited), Imperial Commissioner/Official in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra), Tony in Menotti’s science-fiction children’s opera Help! Help! The Globolinks (Opera Factory) and Mr Ducat in John Gaye’s Polly (Opera Victoria).

Sacred and oratorio engagements include Bach’s B Minor Mass, St Matthew Passion (Orpheus Choir), St John Passion (Orpheus Choir and Bach Musica) and Christmas Oratorio (Bach Musica), Handel’s Messiah (South Auckland Choral Society), Mendelssohn’s Elijah (Ars Nova) and Mozart’s Requiem (Ars Nova).

David Hamilton

David Hamilton

Biography for David Hamilton, Tenor

David has been based in Germany for the last two years where he performed the title opera roles of Wagner’s Lohengrin for Saarbrucken Opera and Mozart’s Idomeneo in Lubeck. He also performed several oratorios and Lieder recitals and made a recording of Beethoven’s Schottische Lieder for Brilliant Classics.

David lived in Australia until 2008 where he was one of the country’s leading tenors, being awarded the Australian Centenary Medal for services to music. He worked extensively with all the major conductors and orchestras in Australia and New Zealand, also performing to critical acclaim in Japan and China. A personal highlight of his time in Australia was singing Flower of Scotland in front of 70,000 people at an Australia vs Scotland rugby union test match in Sydney!

He has appeared at many major festivals, including the New Zealand Festival, Handel-Festspiele Halle, Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival and the Sydney Festival.

Throughout his career David has worked with many eminent conductors including Richard Bonynge, Roderick Brydon, Oleg Caetani, Asher Fisch, Johannes Fritzsch, Christopher Hogwood and Simone Young.

Prior to moving to Australia, David studied singing and flute at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Napier University.

David returns each year to Australia and New Zealand to perform various works and he continues to work extensively in Germany. In 2010 David’s performances included Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Bach’s Mass in B Minor and St John Passion, Britten’s St Nicolas, Handel’s Messiah and Finzi’s Dies Natalis.

Lois Johnston

Lois Johnsto

Biography for Lois Johnston, Soprano

After graduating from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Lois carved a niche for herself as an accomplished performer of early and contemporary music. In 2000, her musical life changed completely when she appeared as one of the flower maidens in Simon Rattle's BBC Proms performance of Parsifal, and discovered a passion for opera.

Recent roles include Servilia, Vixen, Liu and Queen of the Night, and she regularly performs in Opera Gala Evenings, Oratorio and recitals in Europe. Although she now lives and farms in New Zealand, she maintains her Scottish connections and appeared in the 2007/8 season with Edinburgh Grand Opera and Scottish Opera. She was also a founder member of the Dunedin Consort and sang regularly with the John Currie Singers. As a professional chorister, she has been singing for several years with the Age of Enlightenment, Nationale Reisopera (Netherlands), Netherlands Radio Choir and European Voices with whom she toured with Simon Rattle's performances of Idomeneo (Berlin, Lucerne, Salzburg Festival) and Peter Grimes (Berlin, Salzburg Festival).

Lois is also a passionate and dedicated teacher, working from her home studio and formerly in two public schools in the UK. She has also taught recently at residential courses for the National Children's Choir of Great Britain, and held a recent Masterclass at the University of Canterbury here in New Zealand.

Saturday, January 1, 2000

Christopher John Clifford

Christopher John Clifford, Countertenor

Biography for Christopher John Clifford, Countertenor

Christopher’s career in music has now spanned over fifty years. He studied singing with Mark Deller, James Gaddarn, Paul Esswood, Ian Partridge and Erich Vietheer. Since receiving his B.Sc. Honours degree in Chemistry (University of Kent, Canterbury, UK) and his Performer’s Diploma (Trinity College of Music, London), he has taken part in concerts, recitals and radio recordings in France, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and Hong Kong.

Between engagements he has assembled three Italian harpsichords. In the early 1990’s Christopher was chairman of the London Handel Society and was responsible for exporting a complete Handel opera production, Il pastor fido, from The Royal College of Music to Halle in Germany for their Handelfestspiele – this yearly celebration of Handel’s operas continues in London. He specialises in baroque and early music and has edited a number of cantatas and songs from manuscript sources, increasing the countertenor repertoire and giving many of these works their first performances in modern times. He now lives with his wife and two cats in a church in Seacliff, Otago.

Phone: 027 766 9206

Grace Park

Grace Park, Soprano

Biography for Grace Park, Soprano

Grace was born in 1991 and immigrated to New Zealand from South Korea when she was four years old. She has been singing since she was five and has won many awards and has been placed in competitions such as the North Shore Performing Art Competition, South Auckland Performing Art Competition and the Rotorua competitions since she was nine.

She now studies classical voice with Isabel Cunningham at the University of Otago, working towards a BMus with Honours. Recently she was awarded the Charles Begg Prize in Music - Second Stage Honours from the University of Otago.

Grace is also an active composer. She was the national winner of the New Zealand Choral Federation and SOUNZ Big Sing Student Composition Competition in 2009 and was a SOUNZ Finalist of The Trust’s Secondary Students Composition Competition organised by the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra in the same year. She was a finalist for the Otago University Lilburn Trust Composition Competition for two years. Grace will perform her first opera role of Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro in 2012.

Pepe Becker

Pepe Becker, Soprano

Biography for Pepe Becker, Soprano

Pepe Becker began her musical life in Nelson: as a chorister in the Nelson Cathedral Choir, and as a pianist, singer and oboist in various local groups. Moving to Wellington in 1985, she developed a keen interest in Early Music and became a founder member of The Tudor Consort. She soon began performing professionally as a solo soprano in this field and has sung alongside internationally renowned Early Music singers such as Emma Kirkby, Richard Wistreich and Andreas Scholl.

Completing her BMus (in Composition) at Wellington’s Victoria University in 1987, Pepe travelled to Europe in 1991 to further her training in Baroque Singing. She studied for a year in London with Jessica Cash, then spent a year at The Hague’s Koninklijk Conservatorium, and performed professionally with a number of early music groups in the UK and The Netherlands.

Since her return to New Zealand in 1993, Pepe has set up her own vocal consort, Baroque Voices (founded in 1994), which was the vocal group in the Musica Sacra concert series that ran for ten years (2001-2010) in St Mary of the Angels, and which has given many performances of both early and contemporary music throughout New Zealand; had three children, and become re-established as a versatile and highly sought-after musician in her home country.

She has made several recordings for Radio NZ Concert, and features as a soloist on various CDs, including: David Farquhar’s “Half a Century of Song” (released in 2003); a Baroque duet CD, “Rustic Revelry”, with bass David Morriss (2006); a NAXOS CD of Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, with the NZSO (2010), and the duo CD, “Love’s Nature”, with harpist Helen Webby (launched in Christchurch on 20 February 2011).

Pepe continues to perform regularly as a soloist with chamber groups, choirs and orchestras throughout New Zealand; directs, manages and sings in Baroque Voices; composes music; is a long-standing member of Voices NZ Chamber Choir; has lectured in Musicianship at the NZ School of Music; and teaches piano, theory and singing.

For more information, reviews and upcoming concerts, please visit Pepe’s website:

Wendy Doyle

Wendy Doyle
Biography for Wendy Doyle, Mezzo-soprano

Wendy studied at Wellington’s Massey University Conservatorium of Music and the Royal College of Music, London.  She created the role of Constanzia in Dorothy Buchanan’s The Daughters of the late Colonel for the Wellington Women’s Festival.  In Britain, Wendy was a member of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company.  Other engagements included Filipievna: Eugene Onegin, Grandmother/Mayor’s Wife (cover): Jenůfa, Witch/Mother (cover): Hansel and Gretel, Marcellina (cover): The Marriage of Figaro (The NBR New Zealand Opera); Hermia: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Anglia Opera).  She is a current Resident Artist, Freemasons Opera Scholar and member of the Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus for The NBR New Zealand Opera.  In 2011 Wendy covered the role of Amastre (Xerxes) and played Mamma Lucia in Cavalleria Rusticana for The NBR New Zealand Opera.

Concert engagements have included Haydn Mass in D Minor (King's College Chapel, Cambridge); Grainger - Tribute to Foster (Cambridge); Five Negro Spirituals (Barbican Centre, London); Mozart's Requiem Mass, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 (Hanover Band, Brighton); The Last Night of the Proms (CSO); SkyCity Symphony (APO).

Upcoming engagements for 2012 include the role of Giovanna in The NBR New Zealand Opera’s season of Verdi’s Rigoletto, and the role of Rossweisse in concert performances of Wagner's Die Walkure (NZSO).

Chalium Poppy

Chalium Poppy
Biography for Chalium Poppy, Bass-baritone

Chalium S. P. Poppy began his earliest musical training under the tutelage of Simon Preston and then, later,
Stephen Darlington whilst a chorister and organ scholar at Christ Church Cathedral Oxford. While still a pupil
at Lancing College in West Sussex, he was appointed to the vacancy of Organist and Choirmaster.

Simultaneously, he was accepted to study organ at the Royal College in London. Chalium accepted an offer of
full tuition to study music at the Universität für Musik und darstellende in Vienna, culminating in a
Masterstudium in Protestant Church Music with Honours. While in Europe, he also studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique de Lyon, the Conservatorio Di Musica in Bologna, and the Freiburg
Musikhochschule. It was also during this time that he made his operatic debut as Papageno in the Czech
National Opera’s production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflote.

Chalium’s unique education and experience has allowed him to enjoy an extremely lucrative career as a
professional church musician, conductor, oratorio soloist, and occasional operatic singer, music commentator
and teacher. He has performed as an oratorio soloist extensively throughout Europe and North America
appearing alongside some of the world’s finest orchestras including the Fretwork Ensemble, the Vienna
Philharmonic Orchestra, The Freiburger Barockorchester, Les Musiciens du Louvre, and Tafelmusik. He has
worked with famed early music interpreters Marc Minkowski, Ton Koopman and Christopher Hogwood.

Following a success career in Europe as a singer, Chalium relocated to North America where he took up the post of Organist & Choirmaster at one Canada’s largest cathedrals. While in Canada, he appeared as a soloist with many of Canada’s leading choirs and orchestras including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria the Victoria Chamber Orchestra, and the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra to name a few. He served there for six years as Organist and Choirmaster before meeting and marrying a New Zealander.

In 2009, Chalium relocated to Mt. Maunganui where he works as a full-time musician dividing his time between engagements in New Zealand and overseas. During his short time in New Zealand, Chalium has already appeared as a guest soloist with the Tauranga Civic Choir, The Handel Consort and Quire, Viva Voce, Hamilton’s Cantando and Civic Choirs. He has also appeared as a guest early music conductor for the Bay of Plenty Symphonia. He is currently the Church-Musician-In-Residence for the Anglican Parish of Mt. Maunganui. He is Musical and Artistic Director of two choirs in Tauranga, including the newly formed Scholars Pro Musica – a chamber choir dedicated to informed performances of early music with an emphasis on stylistic excellence.

Cameron Barclay

Cameron Barclay
Biography for Cameron Barclay, Tenor

Tenor Cameron Barclay was a 2010/2011 PwC Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist for NBR New Zealand Opera. He has a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland.

He speaks English, French and Italian. Based in Auckland, Cameron has appeared as a soloist with choral ensembles including the Auckland Choral Society, the Bay of Islands Singers, the North Shore 100 Voice Chorale, the Pakuranga Choral Society, the Scholars pro Musica, the South Auckland Choral Society and the Tauranga Civic Choir. Cameron has appeared as soloist for Opera Factory, The Auckland Opera Studio, Opera Unleashed (Hamilton) and Operatunity. Since 2008 he has been a member of the NBR New Zealand Opera Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus. Cameron has also been a finalist in both the New Zealand Aria and Becroft Grand Aria competitions.

In 2009 he recorded Margaret Wegener’s Ode to a Nightingale with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the first recording of this work. Last year Cameron travelled to Italy taking part in Patricia’s Opera Tour where he performed alongside other young New Zealand opera singers and Dame Malvina Major in Tuscany and Rome as well as studying with Maestri Cristiano Del Monte, Gioacchino Zarrelli and Michael Aspinall. Cameron has appeared in master classes with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Malvina Major, Sir Andrew Davis, Siegfried Jerusalem, Paul Farrington and Jonathon Papp.

His opera roles to date include Second Villager, Pagliacci (NZO); Beppe (cover), Pagliacci (NZO), Beppe, Clownz School Tour (NZO), Harry, A Factory Opera; Councillor Silvertongue, Marriage à la mode; Alcino, Prima Donna; Poponel, The boy who grew too fast; Dr Miracle, Dr Miracle; Tim, Help Help the Globolinks!; Prologue/Peter Quint, The Turn of the Screw (Opera Factory) and the title role in Albert Herring (University of Auckland).

Cameron’s concert and oratorio repertoire include Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (The University of Auckland), Charpentier’s Judicium Salomonis and Le Reniement de St. Pierre (Scholars Pro Musica), Händel’s Messiah (Tauranga Civic Choir), Rameau’s Deus Noster (Scholars Pro Musica) and Saint-Säens’ Christmas Oratorio (South Auckland Choral Society).

Simon Mace

Simon Mace

Biography for Simon Mace, Organist

Simon Mace is currently studying towards obtaining a Bachelor of Music majoring in Classical Music Performance and Composition at the University of Otago. He commenced organ lessons in October 2008 under the tutelage of Michael Cox at Taranaki Cathedral. He was the inaugural Organ Scholar from 2009-2011, and played a major role as one of the organists for the Cathedral’s consecration.

In 2010 Simon attended ‘The Oundle for Organists’ course in England, where he received tuition from some of Europe’s finest teacher’s. He also attended ‘The Organ Scholar Experience’, a course run by the RCO Academy, and he was invited to perform in the student platform concert at St. John’s College, Cambridge.

In February of 2011 Simon began studying organ performance at the University of Otago under the tutelage of David Burchell. In June 2011 Simon was placed 2nd in the ORGANZ Organ Performance Competition, a competition which he had previously entered twice and been placed 2nd equal (2010) and 3rd (2009).

Simon was recently selected for the Jennie Macandrew prize in Music based on his academic performance at the University of Otago in 2011. He also held the position of Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Dunedin, in 2011. Simon sings with several Dunedin choirs and is becoming established as a young composer. He hopes to gain a professional position in church music and further his ability in composition.

Anna Leese

Anna Leese
Biography for Anna Leese, Soprano

New Zealand Soprano Anna Leese completed a Bachelor of Music degree with First Class Honours at the University of Otago and was recipient of an impressive number of awards and prizes. Since moving to London she has won the 2004 Royal Overseas League Vocal competition (and was named best overseas competitor in the same competition) and won the 2005 Richard Tauber Prize. In November 2002 she completed a graduate diploma at the Royal College of Music, before joining the Benjamin Britten International Opera School.

Recent concert engagements include Vaughan Williams’s Sea Symphony with the Malaysian Philharmonic, Beethoven 9 in Madrid with Carlo Rizzi and Elijah with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She made her début at the 2006 BBC Proms in an all-Mozart programme with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Sir Roger Norrington and has appeared in a number of opera gala concerts with Jose Carreras. She recorded Elgar’s The Apostles in Canterbury Cathedral with the Canterbury Choral Society, a debut recital disc for EMI, with Graham Johnson, and a Haydn disc on the Michael Storrs Music label.

With the BBIOS she has sung Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte and Mahler’s second symphony with Bernard Haitink. Anna Leese is an Associate Artist of the Classical Opera Company with whom she most recently sang Countess in Le nozze di Figaro. In her native New Zealand she has sung Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo, Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare) and Tatyana (Eugene Onegin). She made her Covent Garden début as Tamiri (Il re pastore) returning for Musetta (La boheme), Micaela (Carmen), First Lady (Die Zauberflöte) and Echo (Ariadne). She made her North American début with the Canadian Opera Company, as Musetta.

2011 highlights have been as New Zealand representative in the Cardiff Singer of the World, and performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in the Royal Albert Hall in November. She has also sung Tatyana for the Flanders Opera, L’amico Fritz for Opera Holland Park and Pagliacci for the New Zealand Opera, as well as a concert of Das Rheingold (Freia) with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

2012 engagements include Majenka for NZ Opera’s production of The Bartered Bride and Tatyana for Opera Holland Park in London.

Stephen Chambers

Stephen Chamber, Tenor

Biography for Stephen Chambers, Tenor

British born but Dunedin-bred tenor Stephen Chambers holds a BSc in Physiology, as well as a MusB(Hons) from the University of Otago, a GPD(Opera) from the Boston Conservatory, and an MMus(Opera) from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Operatic roles played by Stephen include Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Albert in Albert Herring, Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia and Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw (Britten), Tamino in Die Zauberflöte (Mozart), The
Schoolmaster in The Cunning Little Vixen (Janacek), and Lt. Bonner in War and Peace (Prokofiev). He also premiered the role of Daumer in Kaspar Hauser: Child
of Europe by Rory Boyle.

In 2010 he made his debuts at the BBC Proms as a soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music (BBC SSO / Runnicles), and at the Edinburgh Festival as a Trojan man in Idomeneo (SCO / Norrington). Following this he worked for Clonter Opera in their educational workshops.

Stephen currently studies with Stephen Robertson, having just completed the Opera Course at the RSAMD, as the recipient of the ABRSM International postgraduate scholarship. Stephen is also supported by Sir James Caird’s Travelling Scholarships Trust.

Last year Stephen went to the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, became a Samling scholar and attended the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence académies in June-July. He also covered the role of Mercury in Scottish Opera and Opera Northern Ireland’s touring co-production of Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach).

In 2012 Stephen has given concerts in Glasgow as one of the Young Artists in Residence at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly the RSAMD) and sang his first St. John Passion as both the Evangelist and tenor soloist with members of the Dunedin Consort and their conductor, John Butt. Stephen is looking forward to joining the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus for their productions of La Cenerentola and The Fairy Queen.

You can find out more about Stephen on his website –

David Burchell

Biography for David Burchell, Choir Director and Conductor

David Burchell
David Burchell has been Musical Director of City Choir Dunedin since the beginning of 2000 and is now the longest-serving Musical Director in the choir’s history. He is Organist and Choir Director at St Joseph’s Cathedral, and Senior Organist and Parish Choir Director at All Saints’ Church. He is the Dunedin City Organist, the University of Otago’s Graduation Organist and organ tutor for the Performing Arts Music Programme. He is also a regular conductor of the Dunedin Youth Orchestra, and occasionally works with St Kilda Brass.

Brought up in Newcastle upon Tyne, he is a graduate of Oxford University and there enjoyed a lengthy association with the renowned Choir of New College Oxford, first as Organ Scholar and later as Assistant Organist. This included a term in charge of the choir, television and radio broadcasts, and participation in the recording of many CDs as organ accompanist and soloist. He has also worked as a university lecturer and was director of the Newcastle University Orchestra. From 1999 to early 2011 he was organist and Choir Director at St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin.

As Musical Director of City Choir Dunedin he directs performances of major works for choir with a variety of accompanimental groups. Recent performances have included Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Duruflé’s Requiem and Norma’s Big Birthday Bash. Previous performances have included Britten’s Saint Nicolas and Rejoice in the Lamb, Alexander L’Estrange’s Zimbe! Come Sing the Songs of Africa and Song Cycle, Coleridge Taylor’s Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast, Christopher Marshall’s For What Can Be More Beautiful?, Rutter’s Mass of the Children, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, requiems by Mozart and Fauré, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Magnificat, St John Passion and Christmas Oratorio, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, David Hamilton’s Missa Pacifica and several performances of Handel’s Messiah.

He has appeared as organ soloist with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra in Poulenc’s Organ Concerto, the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony, and in the première of Anthony Ritchie's Organ Overture. He has also appeared with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, directing from the harpsichord, in Bach's fifth Brandenburg Concerto and as harpsichordist in C.P.E. Bach's Concerto for Harpsichord and Fortepiano.

John Murray

Biography for John Murray, Tenor

John Murray

Born in Mount Maunganui, John studied voice at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and made his debut with the New Zealand Opera in 2003 as Acis in Handel's Acis and Galatea.

John's operatic stage roles include Alfredo (La Traviata), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Rodolfo (La bohème), Faust (both Gounod's Faust and Boito's Mefistofele), Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Macduff (Macbeth), Male Chorus (Rape of Lucretia), Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Tom Rakewell (The Rake's Progress), Laca (Jenůfa) and Pang (Turandot). He has also performed rare early works, including the earliest known complete opera - Cavalieri's La Rappresentazione di anima e di corpo (Intelletto) - and Luigi Boccherini's La Clementina.

On the concert platform, John has performed throughout Britain and Europe as well as the Middle East and Singapore. John's interest in contemporary music has led to him performing a large number of new works here and abroad, including operas by NZ composer David Griffiths in both 2005 (A Great Day) and 2006 (The White Lady).

As a member of London's Artsong Collective, John has also showcased the works of many neglected 20th century song composers.

Recent NZ performances have included Messiah, both with modern and baroque instruments, the Evangelist in Handel's St John Passion and Bach's St John Passion, St Matthew Passion, St Luke Passion and Christmas Oratorio, Britten's St Nicolas cantata, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel's Solomon, Beethoven's Christus am Ölberge, Andrew Lloyd-Webber's Requiem, Haydn's The Seasons and The Creation, Honegger's Le Roi David, Stravinsky's Svadebka, Orff's Carmina Burana and Catulli Carmina.