About the Music Team

Music Director – Philip Oliver

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Philip is a born and bred Wellingtonian, he studied at Tawa College and is now finishing a degree in Software Engineering. Philip has been well involved with choirs since his time at high school. While he was at Tawa College, he was in the school’s all-comers choir Dawn Chorus, as well as the auditioned choir Blue Notes. It was here that he fell in love with choral music.

Since then, Philip has been involved with the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir, the Orpheus Choir of Wellington, and has sung as a tenor in Wellington Youth Choir since 2017. He is excited to be furthering his musical journey as music director in 2020, and is looking forward to a fun year of choral music!

Accompanist – Heather Easting
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Heather is a freelance musician who pursues a variety of interests as an accompanist, organist, teacher, conductor, and choral singer.  She returned to her native Wellington in 2020 from the UK, where she was Organ Scholar at Croydon Minster in London, and then at Exeter Cathedral.

Heather has been hooked on choral music since the age of eight, when she became a chorister at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul.  She later became Sub Organist there, as well as Director of Music at St James Church, Lower Hutt.  She has worked as an accompanist with most choral institutions in the greater Wellington area, as well as with NZ Opera and NZ Choral Federation.  She holds a BMus(Hons) in Music Studies and a BA in Latin.  In her free time she enjoys walking in the bush, embroidery, and travel.

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