The Trustees

The trust is composed of trustees all with a background in, or love of music. What makes this trust special is the three youth trustees, Josh Helm, Martin Meyer and Helen Jarrett, each of whom will encompass the next generation, and will continue to grow the trust under the guidance of Gina Sanders, Kay Shacklock, Martha Meyer, Delia Cook and Peter Weekes, the other board members of the trust.

Gina Sanders

A Clevedon girl, Gina is an accomplished performer on the operatic stage and concert platform, having studied, performed, taught, recorded and adjudicated in Europe, UK, Asia, Australasia and the USA. Gina’s professional career began after completing seven degrees and diplomas in piano, voice, theory, musicology, pedagogy and languages (German, Italian, French and English) at Auckland and Queensland Universities and Trinity College London. She then undertook post-graduate studies in Stuttgart, Germany and has since added over 60 operatic and oratorio roles to her repertoire. In NZ, Gina has appeared as a soloist with every major choral society, orchestra and opera company, released four of her own CDs, Tonight, Somewhere, Love’s Philosophy and Capture This Moment as well as appearing in many other recordings. She is a NZ Concert FM national recording artist and continues to tour nationally and internationally in the dual roles of performer and teacher/adjudicator.

As the founder of the Clevedon Valley Music Foundation Trust, Gina has a vision for Clevedon and the surrounding areas to bring high quality entertainment to local communities and to provide both established and emerging artists performance and experiential possibilities.

Born and raised in rural Auckland, Gina enjoys a living on a small farm in Ness Valley with her extended family near the beautiful village of Clevedon. She grew up in a family full of engineers and developed a slightly deviant interest in drag-racing, rally cars, hot rods and Rock’n’Roll. This was fortunately balanced out by the elegance and decorum of her lovely mother and grandmother!

Delia Cook

Delia has resided in rural Clevedon since 1995. She has enjoyed working to support the arts, in particular classical music, over many years. She is especially interested in supporting young musicians by assisting to fund scholarships and venues so they may gain public performance experience. Delia served on the committee of the South Auckland Performing Arts Competition Society for some years and continues to support their work. She has been involved in various fund raising activities culminating in her current role as a Director of Acorn Parish Holdings Ltd, along with her husband Phil. The Clevedon based company is in the planning stages, of providing a suite of multi-million dollar community buildings to benefit Clevedon and beyond. The architecturally designed facilities are to include a state of the art auditorium. Delia believes that “the artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work”. Delia supports this exciting new trust as it will assist aspiring musicians to complete their studies and provide work opportunities. The trust will further strengthen New Zealand’s quite remarkable number of inspirational performers.

Martha Meyer-Schlapp

Martha Meyer-Schlapp, our treasurer, brings an international flair to our board. The youngest of three, Martha comes from the city of CHUR, capital of the Kanton of Grison in Switzerland. Music has always been part of her life. Members of her family and relations have music degrees, are composers and musicians and play in the London Symphony Orchestra and sing in various choirs.
Chur was very lucky to have a singing school integrated into the public school system, established by a musician, who strongly believed, that every child should have the opportunity to learn music. It was from here that her love of music was nurtured, as well as by family and friends.
At the age of 19, with a background of accountancy and office administration, Martha and her best friend decided to take a gap year to work with horses. They were offered a job on a farm near Tirau in the Waikato.
In her 20s, Martha learned to fly gliders, with her husband she spent many weekends on airfields and in the air.
Nearly 30 years ago, when moving into Ness Valley, Martha met Gina at a local “meet the neighbours” morning tea and from here a strong friendship was formed. Martha’s and Gina’s sons grew up together and the two younger ones are both members of the board as youth trustees.
While music is always an important part of Martha’s life, horses are her passion. She is an active horse rider and has two horses called D’Artagnan and Mighty.
Martha would like as many people as possible to enjoy wonderful music and will always support music in whichever way possible.

Josh Helm

Josh’s passion for music ignited at an early age. After completing an Honours in Music and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching, he is now a music teacher at Kristin School with a developing orchestral career. As a trustee, his vision is to help to pave the way for high-quality performance opportunities in and around Clevedon, so that the same spark may be ignited in others. Josh is also an avid tea drinker, jasmine and ginger being his cups of choice.

Helen Jarrett

Our General Secretary and youngest member of the board, Helen has a lot to offer with her musical background and university studies. A Clevedon girl, Helen has always had a keen interest in the performing arts. From a young age she took up piano lessons, highland dancing, speech and drama and later, classical singing, winning numerous awards in various competitions and has been awarded scholarships. She has directed, produced and starred in her own charity concerts.

She is a talented public speaker and has achieved an ATCL (distinction) in Communication Skills that she received before finishing high school.

For over 10 years, Helen has studied classical voice and music theory lessons with CVMFT founder Gina Sanders and is also currently studying classical piano with Rose Powell. Helen has worked closely with Gina in the Valley Studio and NZ Pops Orchestra, with publicity, PA and admin work, learning more about the music industry.

Currently, Helen is studying a BA/BCom conjoint degree at the University of Auckland majoring in Philosophy, Economics and Marketing.

 Helen was eager to accept the invitation to become a youth trustee for the Clevedon Valley Music Foundation Trust as she hopes it will give emerging artists a chance to perform that they may not have otherwise had. She believes that there is a lot of talent that needs a platform to be discovered and hopes that the CVMFT will ensure this.

Martin Meyer

Our third youth trustee, Martin is also performing at our next Sunday Serenades.

Music has always been a large focus in Martin’s life. From a young age, he began studying music by attending his brother’s music classes on his mother’s knee. Soon after this, a passion was ignited and he began to learn accordion from Lorraine Parnell. These lessons brought attention to his keen skill and he progressed through the grades, performing in plays throughout primary and intermediate school with his accordion.

Not only is Martin a talented accordionist but also has a passion for the piano. Beginning lessons with CVMFT founder, Gina Sanders in his childhood, Martin went on to gain an ATCL in piano in 2010.

He has been awarded various scholarships and prizes including a music scholarship to Saint Kentigern College where he went to high school. Saint Kentigern College gave him the opportunity to learn saxophone and performed in various bands including the stage band, concert band and saxophone trio. Also performing in numerous places such as the Good Morning Show and Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships where his group placed third.

Martin studied a BSc at the University of Auckland majoring in Environmental Science and Geography. He plays keyboard in a band called Midnight Resistance and plays organ at Clevedon Presbyterian for the traditional service on a Sunday.

Martin was delighted to accept the invitation to become a youth trustee for CVMFT as being a Clevedon resident who is passionate about music, he wants to promote and encourage the arts amongst others.

While music is his main passion, Martin fills his days working for the Watercare Laboratory.

Kay Shacklock

Kay Shacklock has concentrated on piano accompanying from an early age. She attended the Guildhall School of Music in London for post-graduate study and has a strong connection with the School of Music at the University of Auckland, both in undergraduate and postgraduate studies, accompanying work and a support role in the Vocal Department. She has also been Musical Director for several productions with the university’s English Department. Kay has a busy teaching studio (“The Green Room”) in Howick and works extensively with singers and instrumentalists of all levels. She also dabbles in writing and has had several stories published. In recent years, she has had two musicals performed: “Stout Heart” at Harlequin Theatre in 2015 and “Patch” 2017. She is a pianist for the Manukau Symphony Orchestra.

Raised in Papatoetoe, Kay is a Manukau girl at heart and keen to promote the arts in South Auckland, feeling that there is much untapped talent in the area that needs a nurturing platform. Kay was happy to accept an invitation to become a trustee for the Clevedon Valley Music Foundation Trust and hopes to make whatever contribution she can to increase awareness and support for artists of all disciplines in South Auckland.

Peter Weekes

A resident of Clevedon since 2001, Peter has had music in his life since discovering how to work the radio and record player at his home in Christchurch. Picking up the tenor banjo, bass guitar and latterly the six and 12 string guitars, he was a founding member of the now legendary Wellington band, “Last Tango”. Having accumulated over twenty-five guitars and miscellaneous banjos, he is looking forward to retirement when he can play all of these wonderful creations – not necessarily at the same time.

He made some appearances in musical theatre, and began to train as a countertenor, but after meeting Gina Sanders, and becoming more appreciative of classical music, he now realises that he really wasn’t a countertenor at all.