THE BIG SING ADJUDICATORS 2014
Northern Area – Mark Dorrell, Wellington
Mark Dorrell, Wellington
Mark Dorrell is an experienced musician and is passionate about choral music. He studied at Cambridge University, the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio, later serving on the music staff of Scottish Opera. He conducted the original London production of Into the Woods, and at the National Theatre such major productions as A Little Night Music, Oklahoma, and Sweeney Todd. After a period as Head of Music at Arts Ed – Britains’ leading musical theatre training school – he relocated to New Zealand in 2007 where he enjoys a busy and varied freelance career. He was appointed Music Director of the Orpheus Choir Wellington in 2012.
Central Area – Judy Bellingham, Dunedin
Judy Bellingham, Dunedin
Judy is a graduate of Canterbury and Otago Universities in music, languages, and entrepreneurship, and is currently Associate Professor in Voice at the University of Otago. During her extensive career as a soprano soloist she was equally at home on the concert and operatic stage and was known for her intelligent and innovative programming. Being passionate about NZ music, she has commissioned, performed and recorded many works from NZ composers. She is the author of a book on sight-singing and a recently published DVD on vocal warm-ups. Judy has given workshops in Europe, USA, Taiwan and Australia, recently travelling there to work with the Nellie Melba Trust Scholars.
Southern Area – David Hamilton, Auckland
David Hamilton, Auckland
New Zealand composer David Hamilton is a music educator, composition tutor and choral conductor. He has been Deputy Music Director of Auckland Choral (1996-2011) and Composer-in-Residence with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (1999). He has won a number of international composer competitions (Italy, USA, UK, and Israel). In 2014 “Wairau” for solo harp took 1st place in the NZ Harp Society’s competition. His choral music is widely performed, and is published in the UK, USA, and Finland.
SOUNZ NZCF CHORAL COMPOSITION AWARD
David Griffiths graduated Master of Music from Auckland University in 1973, later studying in England, presenting recitals and performing as soloist with many UK choirs. Back in NZ he won the NZ Herald Aria and 1983 Mobil Song Quest, becoming a leading recitalist and opera and oratorio soloist. He has sung with the major NZ choirs and opera companies, presented recitals and oratorio roles in England, Germany, the USA, China, Taiwan and Italy. As a leading NZ composer he has had commissions from England, America, Italy and NZ, and is composing an opera for production in Italy, in August 2014. His first solo CD of his own compositions, ‘Charms and Knots’ is available on the Atoll label.