We are pleased to welcome Brett Weymark of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs to our Finale adjudicator panel, after a scheduling clash has required Jonathan very reluctantly to withdraw.
Brett studied singing and conducting at the University of Sydney and Sydney Conservatorium of Music respectively and continued his conducting studies in England, Europe and America in the late 1990s. During that period he also performed and lectured in Australia and was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001, for services to choral music.
In 2003, he was appointed Musical Director of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and has since conducted them in the major works of Bach, all the major Requiems and other significant choral works, including world premiere performances of works by composers such as Elena Kats-Chernin, Peter Sculthorpe and Andrew Schultz. He has prepared choruses for conductors such as Sir Charles Mackerras, Zubin Mehta, Edo de Waart, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Charles Dutoit and Sir Simon Rattle.
In 2010 after directing several world premieres to celebrate the choir’s 90th anniversary he toured them to London to appear in the BBC Proms. The choir was awarded an 2010 Helpmann Award and was nominated for a 2010 Limelight Award for his production of Purcell’s King Arthur.
Since then he has directed further major choral works and opera seasons for OzOpera and the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, and conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
With twenty years’ experience as an organist and choir director in several British cathedrals, Timothy Noon is currently Director of Music at Auckland Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. He combines his daily work with the Cathedral’s three choirs (of children and adults) with a busy and varied freelance schedule.
As an organist, he is a frequent solo performer, and has performed concerts in many prestigious venues across Europe. In 2009 he gave a recital as part of the International Congress of the Incorporated Association of Organists. He is currently working on projects as a soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the Auckland Symphony Orchestra.
Tim also serves on the boards of the Australia and New Zealand College of Organists and the New Zealand Choral Federation, is an examiner for the ABRSM and sings in several Auckland-based groups including V8 vocal ensemble. He is active as a composer and arranger and has been published by the RSCM, Encore, and, most recently, Novello.
In a previous life she was Head of Music at Tauranga Girls’ and Macleans Colleges and was an itinerant vocal teacher and choral conductor in schools. Christine has an LTCL diploma in singing, a BA in languages, and studied conducting at Auckland University with Karen Grylls and Uwe Grodd. She has been a member of numerous choirs, including the NZ National Youth Choir, London Symphony Chorus, and the Tudor Consort, and currently sings with Voices New Zealand.
In 2004 she formed a new choir, Nota Bene, which has quickly established itself as one of Wellington’s finest choirs. Christine is a member of the Governance Board for the NZ Choral Federation and was a regional adjudicator for The Big Sing in 2003, 2006 & 2007.
NORTHERN REGIONSRoy Tankersley (Palmerston North) studied music at Victoria University and completed Post Graduate Studies at the Guildhall School of Music, London. Since 2003 Roy has worked as a free lance performer, teacher and adjudicator based in Palmerston North. He is Musical Director of the Parish of St Marks and St Andrews and the Schola Sacra Choir of Wanganui. Roy is President of the New Zealand Organ Preservation Trust, Chairman of the Manawatu/Wanganui branch of the Choral Federation and a member of the New Zealand Hymnbook Trust. In 2005 he was made a Fellow of the NZ Organists Association and received the award ARSCM (Associate of the Royal School of Church Music) at Durham Cathedral in May 2010.
Nick Richardson (Auckland) studied at the Royal Academy of Music and London University, and has taught music in schools in the UK, Singapore and New Zealand. Until 2011 he was Head of the Arts and Technology Faculty at Kristin School. A keen singer all his life, Nick has been a member of the London Bach Society and the Monteverdi Choir. In Singapore he conducted the International Festival Chorus, and is currently a Deputy Musical Director of Bach Musica NZ. From 1998 to 2011 Nick was the founding director of Euphony, the award-winning girls’ choir at Kristin.
SOUNZ COMPOSITION COMPETITION Anthony Ritchie studied composition at The University of Canterbury, and the Liszt Academy in Hungary. He moved to Dunedin in 1988 as 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 No.2 was premiered at the International Festival of the Arts. In 2004 his opera, The God Boy, was a critically acclaimed success at the Otago Arts Festival. In the last five years he has had 6 CDs of his composition released, including his album NZ Poets in Song and his latest CD, A Bugle Will Do featuring the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He has written many choral works, and Anthony has conducted choirs as well, including The Southern Youth Choir and Southern Childrens Choir. He is now Associate Professor at The University of Otago in Dunedin. For further information: www.anthonyritchie.co.nz