Michelle studied harp and composition in Wellington and performs with all of the country’s major orchestras and also chamber ensembles performing her own compositions. Peter has combined a career of symphonic playing with the NZSO and Orchestra Wellington with an array of chamber music partnerships, also featuring his own works.
Campbell have been performing an eclectic mix of rural/folk originals and covers around New Zealand for more years than they care to remember. Frequent collaborators with various members of the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band and other well known kiwi musicians, they have featured at numerous country/folk festivals and concerts.
The Blue Note Quintet is the latest musical ensemble to come out of Aotea College. The group is comprised of Year 12 music students who wanted a new opportunity to build and perform a repertoire of songs that take in many genres and eras from the past. Their song selection reaches back as far as the swingin’ 1930s with compositions by Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Benny Goodman, whilst still including more contemporary styles from the likes of James Brown, Amy Winehouse and Stevie Wonder.
Three students from the New Zealand School of Music will present classical music on viola accompanied by piano. Verda Xue is in her first year of a Bachelor of Music; Lauren Jack is in her third year of study for her Bachelor of Music; Zephur Wills is in his third year. All are students of Gilian Ansell. David Barnard, Head of Accompanying and Vocal Coaching, will accompany these students on piano.