Congratulations to Reverend Alison Stewart, who was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for services to choral music in the 2021 New Year’s Honours. NZCF Manawatu-Whanganui Chair Roy Tankersley says Alison’s award is a “fitting accolade acknowledging her tireless efforts over many years, enthusing and inspiring choral groups of all ages from the young singers in her charge at Huntley School in Marton through to the adult singers in the Palmerston North Choral Society.”
Alison has been Music Director of the Palmerston North Choral Society since 2003 and over the past 17 years she has enriched the listening experience of Manawatu audiences through her varied programmes, including New Zealand works specially commissioned for the choir. She is also the Director of the women’s chamber choir Camerata, which she founded in 1997.
Alison has chaired the Wellington Branch of the Royal School of Church Music New Zealand (RSCM) since 2018 and has been a part of RSCM’s national Choir School for many years. As Director of Music at Huntley School, Alison has been a participant with her choir at The Kids Sing.
Over the years, Alison has travelled internationally with choirs, including taking the Ambassador Choir from Palmerston North to the United States as Assistant Director, performing in multiple venues across Montana and Salt Lake City.