Sunday, May 3, 2009


Capt Bryan Wyness (Chair of the NZ Opera School Trust) and I (Director) travelled to Wanganui on Thursday 30th Apl to talk with Andrew Carpenter, Bursar Wanganui Collegiate School about he 2010 New Zealand Opera School, 3rd to 14th January and to meet some of the WOW (Wanganui Opera Week) committee.

A most useful and worthwhile journey with Collegiate ensuring great care would be given to the re costings for our 2010 School and both parties agreeing that there was prestige for both Schools through the event. Collegiate have just appointed a PR person and the Opera School’s PR person, Caroline Nelson will be put in touch with the appointee to ensure maximum coverage for both parties throughout the country.

The Opera School has been enormously grateful to individuals and trusts that, over the years, have supported the School financially. This year is not going to be easy with the stressful financial constraints currently affecting many people and WOW will do all they can in the local community to assist with fund raising. In this connection Wyn Davies, Director of Music, the NBR New Zealand Opera has willingly agreed to perform voluntarily his famous Just Wyn cabaret in the city towards the end of the year as a fund raiser.

What a wonderful privilege to be invited by Nicholas Grigsby to attend the usual Friday chapel practise at 8.30am. Great singing from the boys and girls of the School and even the Welsh would have been thrilled with the rendition of ‘Guide me O Thou Great Jehovah’ accompanied by the chapel’s fine pipe organ. Thank you Collegiate and Nicholas, it brought back great memories for me and it is nice to know that that tradition is still in place.

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