Saturday March 13 2021:

“The heART of the Matter…Celebrating Creativity in Clevedon”

Our Annual Fundraiser –

It’s ON !

1 pm – 8.30 pm, in the Clevedon Hall.

What a month it’s been, but we are determined to proceed, and are delighted all our artists are looking forward to meeting you.There will be such a wide variety of art forms and people to meet and support after the recent restrictions.

There will be singing, sewing, playing, painting, dance and design all combined in a multi-media presentation of performance and creative talent from the Franklin and surrounding communities, with a Gala Concert (including Wine & Cheese), spot prizes, Silent Auction** and much more!

What is happening?

Display artists will be “in action” from 1 – 5pm giving presentations throughout the afternoon and will be available to discuss their talents with the public. Beautiful art works will be for sale, along with exciting packages encompassing their services.

Delightful Pop-Up performances will feature gifted dancers and wonderful musicians (see below) and some fabulous items (including a helicopter ride), are lined up for the Silent Auction** which will run all day.

Tea, coffee and light refreshments available for a small koha.

Doors close from 5 – 6pm as we set up for the Cocktail Event (6pm) and Gala Concert (6.30pm).

Bidding on the Auction will continue, with results announced at 8.15pm.

Tickets on sale now ! Collect from Prickly Pots (Just around the corner from the Chinese takeaway) Door sales will also be available.

**Items include:a Helicopter Scenic Flight, Photography Packages, Beauty Vouchers, Delicious cakes and preserves, stunning art works, music lessons and more.

Ticket Prices

Majors ‘n’ Minors – Music

Majors ’n’ Minors (Pukekohe/Bombay) has been running as a specialist music studio for young people since 1993.  There are now 7 tutors teaching various instruments including voice. They have successfully entered numerous candidates for ABRSM, Trinity music &drama exams and MTB online exams, from beginner to diploma level.  A number of these students have been invited to perform at High Scorer’s Concerts.  There is an orchestra, theory groups and a rock band so the individual students can enjoy “the group experience”.    In 2015 the studio introduced a musical theatre group programme which has proven to be highly popular and successful, producing up to three shows per year.  These have included Annie Jr, G2K The Sound of Music, Shrek Jr, The Jungle Book Kids, Cinderella Kids and Honk Jr.  The studio received seven NAPTA nominations for their 2019 production of The Lion King Jr.  In 2021 they are looking forward to another wonderful year of tuition, as well as performing Fiddler on the Roof Jr, Annie Kids and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

 

Majors ‘n’ Minors – Music

Majors ’n’ Minors (Pukekohe/Bombay) has been running as a specialist music studio for young people since 1993.  There are now 7 tutors teaching various instruments including voice. They have successfully entered numerous candidates for ABRSM, Trinity music &drama exams and MTB online exams, from beginner to diploma level.  A number of these students have been invited to perform at High Scorer’s Concerts.  There is an orchestra, theory groups and a rock band so the individual students can enjoy “the group experience”.    In 2015 the studio introduced a musical theatre group programme which has proven to be highly popular and successful, producing up to three shows per year.  These have included Annie Jr, G2K The Sound of Music, Shrek Jr, The Jungle Book Kids, Cinderella Kids and Honk Jr.  The studio received seven NAPTA nominations for their 2019 production of The Lion King Jr.  In 2021 they are looking forward to another wonderful year of tuition, as well as performing Fiddler on the Roof Jr, Annie Kids and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

 

Charlotte McDonald: ATCL (Dist) – Mezzo Soprano

A country girl born and raised in Waiuku, Charlotte (22 yrs old) comes from a very musicorientated family. Surrounded by music on a daytoday basis, it was inevitable that she would have a love for this art formJoining a choir at the age of five, she then took private lessons and has been studying with Gina Sanders for five years. Charlotte has competed in competitions in the North Island, and has won several awards, including the Most Promising Adult singer in 2020. Charlotte has recently obtained her LTCL with Distinction and is working toward her FTCL.

She also enjoys Music Theatre and participating in community events and was recently appointed a trustee of the Clevedon Valley Music Foundation Trust. 

Charlotte is about to commence her 3rd year at Waikato University in a Bachelor of Music Majoring in Performance Voice. 

Charlotte McDonald
Jeannie Balemi
Jeannie Balemi

Jeannie Balemi – Quilter and Textile Artist

The Quilt Genie! We truly have something for everyone at the upcoming concert/silent auction this Saturday 13th March.

Jeannie is a South Auckland based textile artist and tutor with 25 years of experience working and teaching a broad variety of techniques and skills in textiles. From her home based studio Jeannie teaches traditional and modern technique in patchwork, quilting and sewing. She has an interest in repurposing old textiles into loved pieces, designing unique patterns and commissioning pieces for her clients. The versatility and love Jeannie has for work with textiles makes her a popular tutor, both locally and overseas.

 

Jeannie Balemi
Jeannie Balemi

Suzy Kirkaldy – Portrait Artist

Faces have always fascinated Suzy, especially the expressions in eyes.  She began drawing portraits of students and teachers at school, when she should have been attending to maths! The results speak for themselves.  When bored, in her first jobs, Suzy would draw her colleagues.  Then her own family.  All of these drawings were done with pencil or charcoal.

​When she moved to Kenya her husband, Micky, bought her her first box of Rowney’s pastels.  She had the opportunity to spend an hour with a pastel artist in Nairobi, who gave her some tips and direction that got her started with this wonderful medium.

​Back in New Zealand, she began drawing pets – dogs, cats, horses – anything with a face!  This has been an endless delight, with the amazing variety of colours, types, textures and temperaments keeping her fascinated and satisfied in her career.

​Pastels are a beautiful medium to use, and easy to pick up with a few lessons.  Suzy has enjoyed passing on these tips through workshops and private tutoring.

Jennifer Cruden – Painter in Oils & Resin

Jennifer has a passion for painting with oils, both in the studio, as well as the challenge of painting outdoors on location – en plein aire. Another love is that of painting with resin, producing bright, contemporary style modern artwork. These unique pieces are ideally suited to the modern homes of today.

Often, paintings will develop from recollections of places visited. Occasionally, a personal photograph will be used as a starting point, then re-arrangements and additions are made. As a consequence, the artwork may have a familiarity of somewhere recognisable, yet possess its own uniqueness.

Jennifer loves nature and the animals and wildlife around us, especially in beautiful New Zealand, making a special effort to paint in locations away from populated areas, where enjoyment can be had, undisturbed, with the sound of waves and nature. To watch the tides roll in and out may seem mundane to others, but for Jennifer, it is part of becoming one with the world around us and the miraculous planet we have been given the privilege both to enjoy and look after.

The Norris Dance Studio

Established in 1971 by studio director Carolyn Norris, Norris Dance Studios focuses on teaching students from 2 years old to adults with a desire and passion for dance. We are a successful school that has won many awards both nationally and internationally. Our focus and philosophy is to cater to the individual needs of each dancer to ensure that every student reaches their maximum potential. We know that no two students are alike and our curriculum is created so that each student gains the most out of their learning experience. We offer classes from beginner and recreational training through to elite programs, helping those students who wish to create career pathways in the dance industry.

Stewart Lane – Artist

Stewart Lane always had an interest in sketching, in recent years Stewart has developed a passion for painting. Initially using acrylics, his preferred medium of choice is now oils. Having completed a number of paintings, ranging from bird portraits through to landscapes and flowers, his inspiration is derived from the vibrant colours prevalent within the natural environment and the intricate details inherent within flora and fauna.

Gracie Matthews – Costumier

Originally a graduate of fashion technology, Gracie has utilised her training to produce costumes for the entertainment industry, specialty wedding themes, costume hire and vintage clothing adaptions.
Her work within the entertainment world, covers the making of life size character suits for Hanna Barbara, Mattel, and many mascots for high profile companies.
She has designed and worked with Australian greats such as John Paul Young, Reg Livermore and David Atkins.
Gracie worked in the costume dept on Musicals including, Les Miserables, Chess, Leader of the Pack, Hot Shoe Shuffle, and Christmas pantomimes at the Sydney Opera House. She was also head of costumes for the “Welcome to Country” Dance troupe for the Australian papal tour, workroom supervisor for the 2000 Paralympics opening and closing ceremony and head of workroom for the 2011 Arab Games opening and closing ceremonies in Doha.
Her ability to connect with the younger generation has her now sharing sewing knowledge through interactive workshops using Vintage machines.

Korrin Laker and The Dance Corner

Korrin is currently a full-time teacher at Maraetai Beach School and owner of The Dance Corner.
Since she was three Korrin spent most of her time in a dance studio. Completing all NZAMD dance exams in jazz, ballet, hip-hop, tap and contemporary. During her 30years as a dancer, she has had endless experiences, participating in workshops, choreographing dances and performing in recitals, events and musical shows.

When 14, she had the opportunity to teach dance at her childhood dance studio Stewart Dance Studios where she started her career and passion for teaching dance. Since then she has never stopped teaching and was able to teach in dance studios around Auckland. Korrin enjoyed teaching so much that she got a bachelor in education and became a primary school teacher where she enjoys teaching dance in the classroom.
When she was 27 she had her first child Daphne and decided to start a dance school where she was living so that she could enjoy the love of dance. Seven years and two more children later,  The Dance Corner has turned into a wonderful dance family with 5 amazing teachers.

Korrin is so proud of the amazing dance community in Maraetai!
They call it Dance she calls it life!

Gina Sanders - Soprano
Gina Sanders - Soprano

Gina Sanders – Soprano

Well established in the performance, teaching and adjudication professions in NZ and internationally, Gina’s career began after completing seven degrees and diplomas in music, pedagogy and languages in NZ, Australia and Europe.

As the first NZ musician to be awarded a Rotary International Graduate Scholarship, she undertook studies in Germany, London and the USA and has since completed 15 international tours in the past 16years with engagements in the UK, Europe, Asia and the Pacific, often including extensive presentations of her comprehensive vocal tuition courses. Highlights have included taking the lead role in world premières in the Stuttgart Liederhalle and the Hochschule Hauptkonzertsaal, concerts in NZ embassies in Berlin, Paris and London, opening the Infiorata Festival in Genzano, Italy, a tribute concert to Renata Tebaldi in Rimini, and featuring in several festivals in Rome and Castelli Romani region.

She has performed over 60 operatic and oratorio roles,and has appeared as a soloist with every major choral society, orchestra and opera company in NZ in addition to being a RNZ Concert studio artist. In addition to her own four CDs, she has featured in many other recordings. She continues to take major soloist roles throughout NZ, including, in 2020, a much-admired Messiahwith Scholars and NZ Barok, and received high praise in reviews of the world premiere of Chris Artley’s choral masterpiece, Of Land and Sea.

Gina has directed several award-winning choirs, including the popular children’s choir The Valley Voices, and was the Director of Chapel Music at King’s College for 6 years, founding the excellent chamber choir, Kappella.Shehas been a member of IRMT(NZ)for over 30 years, and was anational executive councillor for NEWZATS for over a decade. She is a sought-after adjudicator for both national and international competitions and has frequently undertaken external examiner duties for both Auckland and Waikato Universities. Now a Teaching Fellow at Waikato University, she continues her examining role the New Zealand Music Examination Board. She is the Chair of the Clevedon Valley Music Foundation Trust, which seeks to assist young Aucklanders (particularly those in the Franklin and South Auckland districts) in their aspirations to become Performing Arts professionals. She is also the Patron of the South Auckland Performing Arts Competition Society. In 2019, Gina was awarded a Local Heroes Medal at the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year in Auckland for her services to the arts and the community.

 

Bernice Potter
Bernice Potter

Bernice Potter – Mezzo Soprano

We are thrilled to present, Bernice Potter, a multi-talented Singer, Violinist and Pianist from Pukekohe!

Bernice commenced lessons in violin as a pre-schooler, and this was soon followed by singing and piano tuition. She progressed to advanced levels in all three instruments and has participated in solo/group concerts and competitions with award-winning orchestras and choirs throughout New Zealand. In 2017 she won the Phillips Memorial Vocal Scholarship in Auckland and the 2019 SAPACS Vocal Female Competitor with the most points. Having studied at Auckland and Otago Universities and attained her LTCL Diploma in voice with Distinction, she is now looking forward to furthering her studies in all three of her instruments. Bernice has taught at Rosehill College and Majors ‘n’ Minors Studio in Bombay, she now has her own studio providing tuition in violin, singing, piano and theory.

Bernice Potter
Jessica Edith Matthews
Jessica Edith Matthews

Jessica Edith Matthews – Mezzo Soprano

Jessica’s love of music started at an early age when she joined her church’s choir as their youngest recorded member. After finishing her music degree at the University of Auckland, she began teaching at Rosehill College. She has performed in many different musicals, including the role of Edith in Pirates of Penzance, and Pitti-Sing in the Mikado. She has also worked behind the scenes as a vocal coach for Rosehill College’s production of The Addams Family and was assistant musical director of Annie. One of Jessica’s joys is watching adolescents develop a love and knowledge of music.

Jessica Edith Matthews

Briar Simpson –  Soprano

Briar has recently completed her first two years of Music Theatre at the University of Waikato under the tutelage of Gina Sanders.
And is beginning her final year of study at Wintec. Throughout her years at Waikato she has performed in the music theatre showcases
singing songs from Cabaret, Tangled, Les Misérables, Rent, Hercules and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. She also sang the role of Andreas in their
2020 opera, Tales of Hoffmann. Throughout high school Briar competed in many barbershop competitions, competing all over New Zealand in
regional and national competitions receiving 1st, 2nd and 3rd place over the years. She also joined the
Waikato Rivertones barbershop chorus and performed with them in the local community.

Elise De Silva – Water Colour Artist

Elise is a full-time, award winning artist and writer working out of her studio in Auckland. Her favourite medium is watercolour, although she does occasionally work with oils and acrylics. She is always trying new techniques and has been challenging herself with adding more realism to her work.

After spending many years writing, she is now focusing on her original passion, painting. She has a passion for watercolours and believes it is a delicate medium, but with the ability to be extremely powerful. She is currently working on loosening her style and capturing dramatic light in her paintings.

She loves painting boats and the beautiful reflections in the water. She wants her art to evoke beauty and bring people joy and peace.

Elise is President of the Howick Art Group and a member of the New Zealand Watercolour Society. Being a passionate plein air painter, and you will often see her around the beaches of Auckland with brushes in hand.

John Botica – Pebble Mosaic Artist

John played tennis all his life, all over the world and took special pride in admiring beautiful objects wherever he went. Then, John had a rare opportunity to become a creator of beautiful things and decided not be an observer any longer. He felt fortunate to have discovered hidden dimensions within himself and in turn, stumbled upon the art of pebble mosaics. This transformation and a newly detected mission in his life took place in his adopted country of New Zealand.

John feels privileged that he can now explore a myriad of possibilities in pebble mosaic design and through his own style he’s able to establish a new direction in pebble mosaic art drawing upon the Maori and Polynesian motifs as well as flora and fauna of the spellbinding natural environment of New Zealand.

The pebbles he uses in his creations are predominantly from New Zealand, offering a huge variety of beautiful and intriguing stones that are available to him in abundance and can be sourced from many different locations.

Judy Reinan – Photographer

Come and meet Judy Reinen of Creative Shotz photography. Judy describes herself as a Time capsule capturer!
Judy will share an insight into her world of professional photography. This is a rare treat as she has been living and photographing overseas for the past 10 years.
Judy will showcase some priceless  moments showing love, joy and laughter with people and their beloved pets.
Recognized internationally as a world renowned photographer and the author of seven books and two global licensing brands
Judy has many portraits and their stories to share.

“On The Way Up !”

On The Way Up Poster

Sunday 1 November 2020: “On The Way UP !”

1.30 pm – 2.45 pm, followed by delicious refreshments.

Admission by donation/koha.

Our final Sunday Serenade for 2020 will be held at Clevedon Presbyterian Church, Clevedon.

A celebration of the extraordinarily talented young people in our region, including CVMFT Scholarship winners, South Auckland Performing Arts Competition Festival champions, and some of NZ’s top examination students. Sixteen gifted musicians aged 6 – 22yrs with solos, duets, trios  on piano, strings, voice and more. Featuring music from JS Bach to Elton John, under the musical direction of Kay Shacklock and Gina Sanders.

“Big Band Classics”

St Andrews Big Band
St Andrews Big Band

Sunday 26 July 2020: “Big Band Classics from the St Andrews Big Band”

1.30 pm – 2.45 pm, followed by delicious refreshments.

Admission by donation/koha.

Our Sunday Serenade, 

Clevedon Presbyterian Church, Clevedon

A swinging Sunday Serenade awaits with Big Band Classics from the St Andrews Big Band.

The St Andrew’s Big Band (SABB) was formed in May 2011 to provide further musical opportunities to young jazz musicians in the Eastern Suburbs of Auckland. The band is directed by local itinerant music teacher Hamish Arthur and rehearses on Sunday evenings in the Sanctuary at St Andrew’s Church Centre. It aims to have 3-4 charity fund-raising concerts a year as well as performing at other community events. The band is indebted to the wonderful support it receives from its sponsors and the Howick Presbyterian Church community.

“Music from near and Afar”

Sunday 17 May 2020: “Music from near and afar”

1.30 pm – 2.45 pm, followed by delicious refreshments.

Admission by donation/koha.

Our Sunday Serenades resume ! 

Clevedon Presbyterian Church, Clevedon

Help Us to Continue Helping Our Young Artists!

One of the benefits during this challenging time for some families has been the chance to “shelter in place” with overseas-based family who elected to heed to call to “come home” for the interim.  One such bonus has been seized by the Clevedon Valley Music Foundation Trust, which, along with hundreds of Performing Arts-based societies, had to cancel a number of events, but can now begin to return to concerts and entertaining.

Mezzo soprano Christie Cook grew up in Clevedon, studying piano, singing and theory with well-known soprano and teacher, Gina Sanders. After completing an Honours degree at Otago University, she left NZ in 2014 and graduated with a Masters from the Wales International Academy of Voice. Christie currently enjoys a varied freelance opera career in the UK and abroad. Her husband, Italian cellist, Alessandro Sanguineti enjoys a rich and varied career as a chamber and orchestral musician in the United Kingdom. Chosen to trial as principal cellist with orchestras such as Opera North, Scottish Opera and RTÉ Concert Orchestra, he performs with the country’s finest ensembles like Royal Philharmonic, Britten Sinfonia, London Mozart Players and is principal cellist of the European Union Chamber Orchestra. His pure and lyrical playing has been broadcast on numerous soundtracks aired by BBC, RAI, MTV and SKY. Alessandro holds a Masters and a PhD in musicology from the Royal College of Music.

It is incredibly exciting to have them performing on at St Andrew’s Clevedon on Sunday 7 June at 1.30pm with “Music from Near and Afar”, exploring the wonder and beauty of music from several world cultures, including popular, folk, traditional and classical repertoire from different lands. They will be joined by Gina, her son Josh Helm (cello) and another young international, now permanently resident in NZ, David Kang, who is a specialist in Chinese Folk Music. Zhenhua (David) graduated from Sichuan Normal University with a major in Voice and Piano and has spent many years instructing through both his private training companies and in universities and schools in China. His main love is Chinese Traditional Folk music, which stems from his childhood in rural Guilin, China. His wife, Minneke van Noordt, is from Clevedon, where they lived last year with their three young children and were members of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

Gina is one of NZ’s top educators and singers, with extensive experience at national and international levels in performance, education adjudication and examining.  She and her professional cellist/teacher son, Josh Helm have performed together throughout NZ and in the Pacific, sharing that extra special bond of music.

CVMFT has, in just under three years assisted a number of young performers, mainly in the Franklin area, awarded several significant scholarships and study grants to assist these talented students to achieve their goals. The proceeds from our concerts are one of our most important funding sources. Please come along and help us to help them – and enjoy these highly regarded concerts (along with a delicious  complimentary Afternoon Tea!) Entry/exit donation. Numbers are limited, so please register your interest on the Facebook page, or with Gina – 2928047; enquiries@cvmft.org

Christie and Alessandro

Italian cellist, Alessandro Sanguineti enjoys a rich and varied career as a chamber and orchestral musician in the United Kingdom. Chosen to trial as principal cellist with orchestras such as Opera North, Scottish Opera and RTÉ Concert Orchestra, he performs with the country’s finest ensembles like Royal Philharmonic, Britten Sinfonia, London Mozart Players and is principal cellist of the European Union Chamber Orchestra.

His pure and lyrical playing has been broadcast on numerous soundtracks aired by BBC, RAI, MTV and SKY. Alessandro holds a Masters and a PhD in musicology from the Royal College of Music.

David Kang
David Kang

Zhenhua (David) Kang graduated from Sichuan Normal University with a major in Voice and Piano. He has spent many years instructing through both his private training companies and in universities and schools in China. He has also placed highly in many Asian Vocal Contests, and was regularly a part of various performances given for the Chinese Military.

His main love is Chinese Traditional Folk music, which stems from his childhood in rural Guilin, China. His wife, Minneke van Noordt, is from Clevedon, where they lived last year with their three young children and were members of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

The Hills Are Alive !

Saturday 14 March 2020: “The Hills Are Alive… with the Sound of Music, Art and Dance !”

Franklin Arts on Parade in the Clevedon Valley

Saturday 14 March, 2020; 1.30 – 9.00pm, Clevedon Hall

Showcasing Local Artists, Dancers and Musicians in a multi-media event celebrating the wealth of beauty in our natural environment and the talented people in the communities who inhabit them.

…painters, sculptors, weavers/fabric creators, photographers, mixed-media, singers, instrumentalists, dancers and actors – join together in this extensive presentation with real time demonstrations and several short “mini-concerts” throughout the day, from 1.30 to 6pm.In the evening, there will be a formal concert at 7pm, and the event will conclude with an Auction of artworks and other Arts-related items.

This is a major annual fundraising event for CVMFT’s Arts’ Scholarship Fund

If you are interested in knowing more, please contact:

Gina Sanders:  gina.sanders@xtra.co.nz  09 2928047; 021 0508077

Helen Dowthwaite – Music Therapist

I have been a fully qualified NZ Registered Music Therapist since May 2012. In 2006, I moved to New Zealand from the UK after completing my undergraduate degree in Creative Therapies.

I have worked with children and young people with varying developmental and learning abilities, In 2016, I co-founded and worked as clinical manager for the Music Moves Me Trust, a charitable organisation providing Music Therapy for People living with dementia in care facility setting across the Waikato. At around the same time, I created a Music Therapist position at Hospice Waikato, a palliative care setting working with children and adults.

I am a strong advocate of the physical, social, communication, cognitive and emotional benefits of music therapy, and I have presented at many institutions and professional forums . I reside in Clevedon with my family where we run a dairy farming business.

Bernice Potter
Bernice Potter

Bernice Potter – Singer

We are thrilled to introduce to you, our newest trustee and performer, Bernice Potter, a multi-talented Singer, Violinist and Pianist from Pukekohe!

Bernice commenced lessons in violin as a pre-schooler, and this was soon followed by singing and piano tuition. She progressed to advanced levels in all three instruments and has participated in solo/group concerts and competitions with award-winning orchestras and choirs throughout New Zealand. In 2017 she won the Phillips Memorial Vocal Scholarship in Auckland and the 2019 SAPACS Vocal Female Competitor with the most points. Having studied at Auckland and Otago Universities and attained her LTCL Diploma in voice with Distinction, she is now looking forward to furthering her studies in all three of her instruments. Bernice has taught at Rosehill College and Majors ‘n’ Minors Studio in Bombay, she now has her own studio providing tuition in violin, singing, piano and theory.

We look forward to Bernice and Mary’s performances this Saturday 14th March at the Clevedon Community Hall.

Bernice Potter

Alan Williams A.R.C.A – Artist

Born 1936 in Newcastle-upon -Tyne. He studied at Sunderland College of Art from 1953 to 1957. In 1957 he was offered a Post Graduate place at The Slade School of Art London and The Royal College of Art London, he took up the offer from The Royal College and studied painting for three years.
At that time the Tutors at the Royal College included many eminent artists, Carel Weight, Ruskin Spear, Roger de Grey, Ceri Richards and Mary Fedden. During this period Alan met and had tutorials with a number of well known artists including Lucien Freud, William Scott, and Stanley Spencer at his studio in Cookham. In 1960 he was awarded Associate of the Royal College of Art A.R.C.A.
Appointed Lecturer in Painting at Sunderland College of Art 1957, now University of Sunderland, later becoming Principal Lecturer, Head of Painting School. During this period he was also visiting Professor of Painting at University of Washington, Seattle U.S.A.
In September 2006 Alan and his wife Margaret relocated to New Zealand and are now living in Ararimu where he has his studio

Oliver Vannoort – Singer

A student of Gina Sanders, and a leading performer at King’s College, Oliver shows much promise.

Gina Sanders - Soprano
Gina Sanders - Soprano

Gina Sanders – Soprano

The super busy and enthusiastic founder of CVMFT, internationally acclaimed Soprano, Gina Sanders will also be performing on Sat 14 March. Gina’s vision for the trust is to bring high quality entertainment to Clevedon and the surrounding local communities and to provide both established and emerging artists performance and experiential possibilities.
Gina has an extremely active, multifaceted career as one of NZ’s most established soprano soloists, is an examiner at all levels in NZ and internationally, and an advanced teacher and choral conductor. She completed seven degrees and diplomas in piano, voice, theory, musicology, pedagogy and languages at Auckland and Queensland Universities and Trinity College London, and then became the first NZ musician to be awarded a Rotary International Graduate Scholarship, enabling her to undertake post-graduate studies in Stuttgart, Germany. Since her years of study overseas she completed 14 international concert tours with engagements throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and the Pacific, covering over 25 cities and also fulfills invitations to present her courses: The Developing Singer, The Developing Teacher and The Developing Musician in several different languages.
Supporting her passion for education, she has, in her 26 years of membership with NEWZATS, served six as the Editor of the NEWZATS journal and 12 on Council. She is an active member of IRMT (NZ), having co-convened the Southern Performers’ Group for the past seven years. She has a particular interest harnessing the natural qualities of individual voices and the expressive idioms and characteristics of various languages employed by singers.
Now a Teaching Fellow at Waikato University, she continues her examining role for Auckland University and the New Zealand Music Examination Board whilst holding the position as Director of Chapel Music at King’s College, Auckland. Gina is the Patron of the South Auckland Performing Arts Competition Society and was recently awarded a Local Heroes Medal at the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year in Auckland for her services to the arts and the community. She recently coordinated the highly successful national Meet and March protest campaign to challenge the proposed aggressive dismantling of Radio NZ Concert. Never a dull moment!

Gina Sanders - Soprano
Jessica Edith Matthews
Jessica Edith Matthews

Jessica Edith Matthews – Singer

Jessica’s love of music started at an early age when she joined her church’s choir as their youngest recorded member. After finishing her music degree at the University of Auckland, she began teaching at Rosehill College. She has performed in many different musicals, including the role of Edith in Pirates of Penzance, and Pitti-Sing in the Mikado. She has also worked behind the scenes as a vocal coach for Rosehill College’s production of The Addams Family and was assistant musical director of Annie. One of Jessica’s joys is watching adolescents develop a love and knowledge of music.

Jessica Edith Matthews
Mary Laing
Mary Laing

Mary Laing – Singer

Introducing to you, the lovely Mary Laing, an up and coming Soprano hailing from the Waikato region.

Mary is currently completing her Bachelor of Music (Hons) at the University of Waikato under the tutelage of Gina Sanders. Singing since the age of 8, Mary has competed across the country, winning varying awards at completions such as Te Awamutu Competitions as Overall Best Performer across all instruments, Tauranga Vocal Competitions and South Auckland Vocal Competitions. She recently gained her LTCL Diploma with Distinction. Whilst Opera has been a passion for many years, Mary recently joined a band called Cape Hill who aspire to deliver a new and well polished type of music to the world. Mary hopes to travel overseas in the coming years to gain her masters and sing on the world stage.

We look forward to Mary and Bernice’s performances this Saturday 14th March at the Clevedon Community Hall.

Mary Laing

Suzy Kirkaldy – Artist

Suzy is a well known local artist.

Brooke Cutfield
Brooke Cutfield

Norris Dance Studio – Dance

From Preschool to Adult, Recreational to Competitive, their classes cater to everyone.

The two dancers shown here are Brooke Cutfield and Fedora Cox.

Fedora is 13yrs old and has been training at Norris Dance Studios, Papakura since she was 2 ½ yrs old.

She is a Year 9 student at Pukekohe High School and trains in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Acrobatics, Hip Hop and Cabaret as well as taking singing lessons in Classical and Musical Theatre genres. Fedora loves everything about dance and the performing arts and is proud to state that “Dance is my life”.

Fedora is a 4 times International Title Holder and has travelled to the USA, Europe and Australia to compete and perform.

 Brooke is 17yrs old and has been training at Norris Dance Studios, Papakura since she was 5yrs old.

She is a Year 13 student at Rosehill College and is planning her future career in dance.

Brooke trains in all genres including: Contemporary, Lyrical, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Tap, Jazz, Cabaret & Hip Hop.

Brooke also has a keen interest in aerial arts and in hoping to include this in her training for 2020.

Click here for more information !

Fedora Cox
Fedora Cox

Majors ‘n’ Minors – Music

Majors ’n’ Minors (Pukekohe/Bombay) has been running as a specialist music studio for young people since 1993.  There are now 6 tutors teaching various instruments including voice. They have successfully entered thousands of candidates for ABRSM and Trinity music and drama exams, from beginner to diploma level.  A number of these students have been invited to perform at High Scorer’s Concerts after receiving amongst the top marks in the country.  In 2015 the studio introduced a musical theatre programme which has proven to be highly popular and successful, producing up to three shows per year.  These have included Annie, The Sound of Music, Shrek, The Jungle Book and the studio recently received seven NAPTA nominations for their 2019 production of The Lion King Jr.  This year they are looking forward to another wonderful year of tuition, as well as producing Disney’s Cinderella and the classic Fiddler on the Roof.

Charlotte McDonald – Singer

Charlotte McDonald aged 21 is a country girl born and raised in Waiuku. She comes from a very music orientated family, and from being surrounded by music on a day to day basis it was inevitable that she would have a love for music. She started in Choir at the age of 5 and then into private lessons and has now been having lessons with Gina Sanders for four years. Charlotte takes part in competitions around the area which provides the opportunities for her love of performing and has won several awards. She also from time to time sings at church and public places around the area which she thoroughly enjoys doing. At the end of 2019 Charlotte obtained her Grade 5 Theory and as well as that she also sat and passed with Distinction her ATCL. Over the years she has also performed in a number of musicals which has given her the chance to explore different types of music and various ways of performing.

Charlotte has just completed a very successful first year at Waikato University in a Bachelor of Music Majoring in Performance Voice and is thoroughly looking forward to her second year.

 

 

Charlotte McDonald
Martin Meyer
Martin Meyer

Martin Meyer – Accordion

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 yet 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 perform in various bands including the stage band, concert band and saxophone trio.

Martin has also performed in numerous places such as the Good Morning Show and Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships where his group placed third.

Martin earned a B.Sc. from 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.

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

Josh Helm and Martin Meyer
Josh Helm
Josh Helm

Josh Helm – Cello

The wonderful and accomplished Cellist, Josh Helm.

Josh’s passion for music was sparked at an early age, performing on cello as a soloist and with Mum – Gina Sanders in and around Auckland. After completing his Honours degree in Cello in 2014, he continued a further year of study and now holds a permanent teaching position at Kristin School bridging across music and technology, as well as directing the senior orchestra. Outside of work he is an avid sports and dining fan, and seeks to mix the two whenever possible.

Josh Helm and Martin Meyer

Cape Hill – Singers

Cape Hill are a folk/alternative duo from Auckland, New Zealand. Recently formed, the duo comprises of Mary, a classically trained singer and Cody, a multi-talented instrumentalist who both have a passion for folk music. Often seen performing around the Auckland area, covering a large variety of music suited for weddings and other gatherings, this dynamic duo has also recently begun releasing original music.

 

 

 

Stewart Lane
Stewart Lane

Stewart Lane – Artist

Stewart Lane always had an interest in sketching, in recent years Stewart has developed a passion for painting. Initially using acrylics, his preferred medium of choice is now oils. Having completed a number of paintings, ranging from bird portraits through to landscapes and flowers, his inspiration is derived from the vibrant colours prevalent within the natural environment and the intricate details inherent within flora and fauna.

 

 

 

Stewart Lane
Madeleine Walker
Madeleine Walker

Madeleine Walker – Actor, Vocalist and Cellist

Madeleine will be performing with the Majors ‘n’ Minors group. She plays 12 instruments, including cello and piano.

 

 

 

 

Madeleine Walker

Stewart Shacklock – Mime

Stuart is an actor in film and television based in Auckland.
As well as the upcoming feature film “The Tavern,” his credits include:
The Shannara Chronicles, Why Does Love and The Z-Nail Gang.

For The Hills Are Alive, he is a mime.

 

 

Jeannie Balemi
Jeannie Balemi

Jeannie Balemi – Quilter and Textile Artist

The Quilt Genie! We truly have something for everyone at the upcoming concert/auction this Saturday 14th March.

Jeannie is a South Auckland based textile artist and tutor with 25 years of experience working and teaching a broad variety of techniques and skills in textiles. From her home based studio Jeannie teaches traditional and modern technique in patchwork, quilting and sewing. She has an interest in repurposing old textiles into loved pieces, designing unique patterns and commissioning pieces for her clients. The versatility and love Jeannie has for work with textiles makes her a popular tutor, both locally and overseas.

 

Jeannie Balemi
Jeannie Balemi
Anne Pointon
Anne Pointon

Anne Pointon – Textile Artist

Anne Pointon is a mother of four, grandmother of ten and great grandmother of four. She finds plenty of inspiration within her immediate family for her craft. She learnt to knit at a much younger
age of 17 when she became a mother for the first time but didn’t didn’t start to crochet until she was laid up recovering from back surgery, and that was via YouTube. Crochet has become her daily passion, starting on something new with the completion of each project. She has managed to complete numerous blankets/throws, and many baby, cuddly toys and wearables for her family. Anne found that as her stock grew with each new project, she needed an outlet, so she joined the craft market scene. She has found her niche’ and enjoys the complimentary comments, and appreciation of buyers far and wide. Some of Anne’s completed garments-toys-tea cosies have travelled to far flung shores, as gifts. Her greatest pleasure is when she is able to pass on her rewarding craft to others. Anne is a follower of a number of on-line crochet bloggers (Hookers) and is amazed by the originality and ingenious patterns she views across the web.

 

Anne Pointon
Anne Pointon
Rudy Heyman

Rudy Heyman – Photographer

Rudy Heymen is an artist who specialises in landscapes, seascapes and architectural photography by using long exposure daytime photography techniques. Rudy is excited by a surreal-like landscape. He is aiming to “create a zen-like feeling, very surrealistic atmosphere and mood. What I’m aiming for is art. I’m just interested in what I see. Once you visualize the image that you have in your head and convey it to the world, then it becomes art.” Recently, Rudy Heymen’s photo, “Lonely Tree” (to the right) was awarded second by PopPhoto, the biggest photographic magazine in the world. He also does portrait photography.

 

Lonely Tree

Keith Galvin – Artist

My creation of glass artworks has been a recent development.

I have had over 30years of experience painting in watercolours and acrylics. The subject matter has been predominantly landscape and especially water scenes where my artistic passion is the interpretation of the vibrant colours seen in New Zealand coastal margins.

Using fused glass as a medium gives me the opportunity to combine its transparency properties and sculptural form with the imagery that has evolved in my years of painting.

I believe the result is a unique combination of image artistry and glass craftsmanship.

Adrienne Petre – Dancer

I learned flamenco in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain with Angelita Gomez, Maria del Mar Moreno, Noelia Aragon and others.  I started teaching flamenco dance in NZ in 2001.  I also organised the visit of my teacher Noelia from Spain to teach dance masterclasses and an introduction to flamenco singing in 2002.  I kept going back to Spain to refresh and develop my knowledge over that decade.  I moved to Auckland in 2008, and limited myself to occasional performances rather than teaching, but I never stopped dancing.

Mele and Mia

Sunday 15th September: “Adventures and Beginnings”

The final 2019 concert of the Clevedon Valley Music Foundation Trust’s Sunday Serenades at St Andrew’s featured exceptional rising star and most recent winner of the prestigious Lexus Song Quest, bass-baritone Joel Amosa in “Adventures and Beginnings” on Sunday Sept 15 at 1.30pm. Also appeared: CVMFT young scholarship winners, Mele and Mia Lataimaumi on violin and cello, Kay Shacklock (piano) and Gina Sanders (soprano). Delicious Afternoon Tea was provided. Entrance/Exit Donation.

See the video below.

Gina Sanders and Joel Amosa sing “Crudel ! perché finer”

Sunday 14th July: “Vive l’amour”

“Vive l’amour” (Bastille Day) Featuring Young Performers.

Here, the CVMFT presents 19 exceptional young performers from the Clevedon and surrounding districts and is a sequel to the very popular “Two’s Company” concert last year, with very young prodigies to established youth talent. Piano and vocal duets, flute, piano accordion and cello solos and ensembles featuring the beautiful melodies from The Phantom of the Opera, Carmen, Lakmé (aka “The British Airways ad”), songs by Edith Piaf, Rodgers and Hammerstein and the enchanting Ballade for Adeline by Richard Clayderman. It is sure to be popular, so come along and join the eager audiences at St Andrews Presbyterian, Clevedon.All concerts commence at 1.30pm and conclude at 2.30pm with a complimentary afternoon tea. Entrance/exit donation – all welcome!

Sunday 12th May 2019 Concert – “Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em !”

“Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em!” (Mother’s Day).

Family talent with several mother and son/daughter combinations (including families with 3 generations) from the Clevedon and surrounding districts. On the programme were: Sarah McDowall (Walker) with daughter Maddie and mother, Lynda;Helen Jarrett with Mum Robyn, and grandmother Helen Lane; Kay Shacklock with sons Tim and Stuart; Gina Sanders with son Josh Helm; Daveena Smith with son Isaac and daughter Carmen.  It was a great way to celebrate this special day, with beautiful music and poetry across the generations in the heart of the Clevedon Village at Clevedon Presbyterian (St Andrews) at 1.30pm and it concluded at 2.30pm with a complimentary Afternoon Tea. Admission/exit by donation.

17 March 2019 Concert – “Scenes of Green”

“Scenes of Green” (St Patrick’s Day) with Yid-Ee (violin) and Lisa Chou (piano). The Young Performer in this concert was Libby Montgomery, winner of the inaugural NZ Singing School Sacred Solo Award.

The programme included some great Irish music along with well known works by the great composers, Handel and Mozart.

Half of the proceeds were donated to the Christchurch Mosque Survivors Fund.

Lisa Chou

Born in Taiwan, Lisa immigrated with her family to Auckland in 1995.

Under the guidance of Associate Professor Rae de Lisle, Lisa completed Masters in Performance with First Class Honours at the University of Auckland.

Previous notable teachers include Qu Yong, Carol Bognuda and Ashley Brown.

As a solo pianist, cellist and chamber musician, Lisa received numerous prizes and scholarships, notably the Kerikeri International Piano Competition and NZCT Chamber Music Contest
National Finals as a cellist in the winning piano quartet.

Lisa pursued further studies in Vienna from 2009, where she lived, studied and worked as a performing musician for over six years. During this time, she had the privilege of learning privately
from acclaimed pianist and scholar Paul Badura Skoda .

Mentionable masterclass participations include Christopher Hinterhuber, Alexander Melnikov, Maria Kliegel and Julian Lloyd Webber.

Lisa is a dedicated music educator and has a private teaching studio in Greenlane. She is regularly invited as an adjudicator for piano & instrumental competitions nationwide.

Yid-Ee Goh

Singaporean born Yid-Ee Goh is former Concertmaster of Orchestra Wellington (formerly Vector Wellington Orchestra), violinist for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and New Zealand String Quartet.

In 2004, Yid-Ee helped setup and run The Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre for children with special needs  In 2008, he taught violin and viola at St. Cuthbert’s College, Diocesan Girls School and Westlake Girls High School and tutored violin and chamber music at the University of Auckland.

Yid-Ee now runs his teaching studio at his home in Golflands, Howick and teaches violin and viola at Pakuranga College and Botany Downs Secondary School. He regularly appears as Concertmaster with the Manukau Symphony Orchestra.

"Young People Today"

7 October 2018 Concert – “Young People Today”

Featuring some of the region’s exceptional young performers who are set to be leading exponents in their chosen instrument – piano, voice, violoncello, harp and clarinet – with Sophia Liu, Ethan Chiao, Daniel Xian, Tiari Kaka, Oliver Vannoort, Martin Moattar, Esther Philip, Harrison Chau & Crissy Sanders.

A beautiful programme of solo and ensemble music from the early great classical composers to Musicals and modern works.

Who can forget this beautiful duet from “Two’s Company” ?

Sunday 9 September Concert

– Music in the News –

2.30 pm at St Benedict’s Church, Newton, Auckland

This first major concert of the Clevedon Valley Music Foundation Trust has an international focus with over 65 musicians making up the orchestra, choir and soloists from New Zealand and Europe and also showcases some high quality Auckland talent with Gina Sanders (Soprano) Peter Reid (Trumpet) Paul Chan (Organ), Yid-Ee Goh (Concertmaster), Peter Watts (Musical Director) and Lara St John (Violin).

Music in the NEWS

This concert was be the New Zealand, (and Southern Hemisphere) Premiere of Vladimir Romanov’s Stabat Mater (see below).

As per longstanding tradition, the performance was in Latin, with a translation in the programme.

Vladimir Romanov

Russian – German composer and pianist Vladimir Romanov was born in Moscow in 1964. After his studies at the Moscow Conservatory, Vladimir continued to work as a composer and pianist all over Europe. As a soloist he played in numerous European concert halls and taught composition and piano at the Kärnter Music Conservatory in Klagenfurt, Austria for several years until composition became his main focus.

 The premiere of his Stabat Mater (composed in 2013) for Soprano, Solo violin, Choir and Orchestra was performed at the Liederhalle in Stuttgart on the 6 the of April 2014. It’s over an hour long and consists of 14 parts.

 One of the press reviews of the organisation of concert choirs wrote:

” The old Latin verses were only the background for the pain of all mothers who lost their children through the violence of the crusade through Syria and South Asia. The Soprano has the task to portray the mental aspect of the suffering and dying, despair and trust, curse and salvation while the Violin expresses pain, rage, despair and surrender.”

 The winner of numerous prizes and awards, Vladimir Romanov composes in a contemporary style, enjoying a wide number of influences from Bach to Korngold.

"Songs My Mother Taught Me"

19 August 2018 Concert – “Pastorale”

This was the third concert of our inaugural series. Portraying the beauty of Nature through music. Featuring one of New Zealand’s top clarinetists, Donald Nicholls, with exciting new talent, Rachael Xie (Harp) with Gina Sanders (Soprano) and Kay Shacklock (piano).

"Two's Company"

1 July 2018 Concert – “Two’s Company”

This was the second concert of our inaugural series. Held on Sunday 1 July 2018. Featuring some of the region’s top young performers in voice, violoncello, piano accordion, double bass and guitar and Kay Shacklock (piano).

It also featured a delightful duet by Charlotte McDonald and Mary Laing singing the famous Barcarolle (Offenbach) accompanied by Kay Shacklock (Piano) and Josh Helm (Cello).

"Songs My Mother Taught Me"

13 May 2018 Concert – “Songs My Mother Taught Me”

This was the first concert of our inaugural series. Held on Mother’s Day 2018. Featuring one of New Zealand’s top trumpeters, Peter Reid, with Gina Sanders (soprano),  Josh Helm, (violoncello) and Kay Shacklock (piano).

It also featured a delightful performance by Martin Moattar, boy soprano, singing  Panis Angelicus, and Gina singing the glorious “Let the Bright Seraphim”