Sunday 7 August 2022

“Jazz, Swing and Beyond”


Celebrating the Stage and Screen with upbeat jazz numbers, soothing ballads and more.

Artists include the brilliant young “Max Crook Standards Quartet” and Music Theatre singers with some upbeat and soulful popular repertoire.

These include Briar Simpson, and Neeve Coumbe.

1.30 pm – 2.45 pm, followed by delicious refreshments.

Admission by donation/koha.

The Max Crook Standards Quartet

Young Auckland based jazz drummer Maximilian Crook brings his stellar quartet to perform an array of jazz classics written and performed by many of the past greats.

Toby Barrett – Tenor Sax

Joe Kaptein– Piano

Tyler Diprose– Bass

Maximilian Crook – Drum Set

This is a virtuosic experience not to be missed!

Toby Barrett

Briar Simpson

Briar commenced her vocal studies at the University of Waikato, then decided

her true passion was music theatre and is now in her final year of Bachelor of Performing Arts in Musical Theatre at Wintec in Hamilton.

She has been involved in many musicals and operas during her time at university including, Little Shop of Horrors, Tales of Hoffman, Hood Street the Musical, Destination Sondheim, Animal Farm and was also cast in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with the Hamilton Operatic Society and Back to the 80’s with Riverlea theatre. She was recently involved in a play with Morrinsville Theatre, called The Husband Murderers Support Group, and is currently playing a swing role in Bold Theatres, That Bloody Woman. Briar has a special connection to Clevedon – she is the niece of the amazing Melanie at that great little shop, “Prickly Pots”!


Briar Simpson

Neeve Coumbe

Neeve has always had a passion for the performing arts. At the age of three she began ballet, jazz and later cha cha lessons. Then at the age of eleven she began speech and drama and vocal tuition which she continued throughout her schooling and completed her ASB diploma in speech NZ. She realised that singing was her main passion and decided that she wanted to pursue it as a career. She has been asked to perform at many Rotorua concerts and events, to name a few, 2019 Opera in the Pa, Rotorua One Chance Youth Awards, and the Rotorua Youth Festival. In school she was involved in her school productions such as, Into the Woods and West Side story. Alongside this she was also involved in Rotorua Musical Theatre Productions such as, Mary Poppins and Grease. She is now in her second year studying a Bachelor of Music (performance- voice) at Waikato University.





Sunday 13 November 2022

“How Can I Keep From Singing ?”


Choral Ensembles and Ceramics.

1.30 pm – 2.45 pm, followed by delicious refreshments.

Admission by donation/koha.