Lyric Soprano, Madeleine Pierard began her musical life as a pianist and chorister in Napier, New Zealand and later as a member of The New Zealand Youth Choir, The Tudor Consort and Voices New Zealand.http://www.madeleinepierard.com/
New Zealand baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and studied with David Harper. He has performed with the opera houses of San Francisco, Philadelphia, Austin, Washington, Houston, Dallas, Cincinnati, Santa Fe, Munich, Hamburg and Leipzig, and for Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Chatelet Theatre Paris and Theater an der Wien.
I value enormously the experiences of my National Youth Choir association, the friendships established over a long period which still hold today, although many are now spread beyond New Zealand
SOPRANO 2017 - 2018
Carla is a voice student at Auckland University in Classical Performance. She understudied ‘The Mistress’ for the 2016 Auckland season of ‘Evita’, plays the piano and speaks Maltese. Carla joined NZYC in 2017.
BASS 2017 - 2018
Matariki is from Dunedin.Matariki was in NZ Secondary Students’ ChoirHe attended Otago Boys’ High School and is currently studying a Bachelor of Perfoming Arts at Otago University.Matariki plays the guitar.
SOPRANO 2017 - 2018
Kirsty is a music student at the Univeristy of Waikato in Hamilton.She attended St Peter’s School in Cambridge where she started to learn the flute and singing. Kirsty was a member of the NZ Secondary Students’ Choir 2013-2014. She spent a gap year in Zimbabwe and is now back in the Waikato to study music.Kirsty joind NZYC in 2017.
Pene with his brother Amitai Pati from Mangere, and their North Shore baritone cousin Moses Mackay, are SOL3 MIO, a combination of three powerful and moving operatic voices, with more than a dash of uncontainable Samoan humour.
BASS 2017 - 2018
Nathaniel is from Dunedin.He was a member of NZ Secondary Students’ Choir.Nathaniel is studying a BMus at Otago University. He also plays the violin.
North Shore baritone Moses Mackay together with Amitai and Pene Pati from Mangere are SOL3 MIO, a combination of three powerful and moving operatic voices, with more than a dash of uncontainable Samoan humour.
Amitai with his brother Pene Pati from Mangere, and their North Shore baritone cousin Moses Mackay, are SOL3 MIO, a combination of three powerful and moving operatic voices, with more than a dash of uncontainable Samoan humour.
If you are ever in Salt Lake City on August 14, you can walk proud in the knowledge that it is New Zealand Choir Day. The 1993 touring choir must have made an impression, because the Mayor of Salt Lake City not only issued this proclamation, but also a “Spirit of America” Award recognising that, in music, we “joined hands across the seas.”http://www.tecwynevans.com
TENOR 1991-1992 (1st Bass)
Simon O’Neill has established himself as one of the finest helden-tenors on the international stage. He has frequently performed with the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Berlin, Hamburg and Bayerische Staatsopern, Teatro alla Scala and the Bayreuth, Salzburg, Edinburgh and BBC Proms Festivals…
Anthony Ritchie studied composition at Canterbury University, and the Liszt Academy in Hungary. He moved to Dunedin in 1988 to be Mozart Fellow in composition, at Otago University, and later was Composer-in-Residence with the Dunedin Sinfonia completing his Symphony No 1 “Boum”. In 2000 his Symphony No2 was premiered by the Auckland Philarmonia at the International Festival of the Arts.In 2004 his opera, The God Boy, was a crtically acclaimed success at the Otago Arts Festival.In the last five years Anthony has had six CDs of his compositions released, including Remember Parihaka, featuring smaller orchestral works, NZ Poets in Song featuring songs, as well as chamber and piano music.Anthony is well known for the widely performed Flute Concerto, written for Alexa Still and recorded twice on CD.Anthony has composed over 150 compositions many of which have been performed internationally. He is now a senior lecturer in composition at the University of Otago in Dunedin.For further information www.anthonyritchie.co.nz
ALTO 2011 - 2018
After attending St Cuthbert’s College, Chelsea started her studies for a Bachelor in Music and Commerce. Now in her third year, Chelsea also takes vocal tuition from Patricia Wright and plays piano. Chelsea is now embarking on her third turn with NZYC, joining the choir in 2011.
The choir for me has been very beneficial, not only for my musical and theoretical skills, but also my ability to listen, which for a solo singer is fairly important….You need a lot of skills linguistically, physically-even things like looking after the voice….which the National Youth Choir over the five years I was in it did very well
Christopher Bowen was born in New Zealand and studied singing and medicine at Otago University. He was a member of the New Zealand Youth Choir from 1994 to 1999.In 2003 he moved to London and, while learning from Ian Partridge, started his professional career. Since then his versatile, high tenor voice has lent itself to recital, opera, oratorio and ensemble singing. Christopher has performed a broad array of music from medieval to modern. He is a member of the BBC Singers, with whom he performs and records across the UK and abroad, and is in demand as a tenor soloist with choral societies throughout the UK, Europe and further afield.