We’re pleased to announce our adjudicators for The Big Sing 2021 regional festivals:
Philip Norman: Auckland, Waikato-Bay of Plenty
Rachael Griffiths-Hughes: Wellington, Taranaki, Manawatu-Whanganui
Peter Watts: East Coast, Nelson-Marlborough, Canterbury-West Coast, Otago, Southland
Read on below to find out more about each one…
Philip Norman is an award-winning author and composer whose compositions span the breadth of the performing arts. His critical and historical writings have also focused on the arts, with an emphasis on the work of other New Zealand composers. Philip has had extensive experience in musical direction, arts administration and arts advocacy throughout his 42-year freelance career based in Christchurch. He was awarded a CNZM in 2015 for services to music and music theatre, and was the 2018/19 holder of the prestigious Creative New Zealand Michael King Writer’s Fellowship. He is the conductor of the Christchurch chamber choir, Jubilate Singers.
Rachael Griffiths-Hughes is Convenor of the University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music, where she teaches Music History and Musicianship, and leads the University Chamber Choir. For 15 years Rachael was conductor and Music Director of the Hamilton Civic Choir and she is currently Director of Music at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Hamilton, overseeing four choirs, including the Cathedral choir, and Vox Baroque, a 12-voice choir who perform 18th-century cantatas in a liturgical context once a month, with a small band of instrumentalists. Rachael also performs as harpsichordist and organist with the early music ensemble Affetto.
Twenty years as Music Director of Auckland Choral gave Peter the opportunity to work with many of New Zealand’s leading soloists and orchestras and conduct much of the repertoire for large choir and orchestra. He was also Deputy Music Director of the NZ National Youth Choir for seven years and has worked with many other choirs around the country. Peter is regularly heard as a pianist in concerts with vocalists, and in chamber music. He works as a freelance conductor and workshop presenter, and also examines internationally for Trinity College, London. In 2005 he was awarded the MNZM for services to choral music.