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ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR – Michael Dawson


Michael began his tertiary training at the University of Canterbury in piano performance studying under Diedre Irons, Maurice Till and Peter Nagy and was accompanist for the Christchurch Boys’ Choir and the New Zealand Army Band. He studied with Martin Setchell in early music performance on organ and conducting studies which rapidly became a passion. In Christchurch he directed his first choir of over 60 members, the South Brighton Choral Society, and the University of Canterbury Choir Society as well as singing in Christchurch Cathedral and City Choirs under Brian Law. 

A move to Dunedin ensued where he took up a mentored assistant’s role with David Burchell as the Assistant Conductor for the City of Dunedin Choir for three years (débuting with the Southern Sinfonia accompanying the choir in concert). He was the first Conducting Scholar at St Paul’s Cathedral and Organ Scholar the following year. Michael also directed the Southern Youth Choir and worked with the Collegiate Orchestra Dunedin. 

Recent study was undertaken at the University of Waikato in piano performance with Katherine Austin and early music practise on Harpsichord with Dr Rachael Griffiths-Hughes under whose direction he also involved himself as a singer with and conducting on occasion St Peter’s Cathedral, Hamilton Civic and the University of Waikato Chamber Choirs. 




PIANIST – Myles Hartley


Myles Hartley is a freelance organist and pianist based in Hamilton, who moved from the UK in 2012. He accompanies extensively: for soloists, choirs, ensembles, and services at St. Peter’s Cathedral, and St. Andrew's Church, Hamilton, and St. Cuthbert’s College, Auckland. As a continuo player, Myles has performed with the Handel Consort & Quire, Ensemble Polymnia, and Bach Musica NZ; as a soloist, he recently gave a recital in Auckland Town Hall for the Great Organ Classics Series. He is also undertaking research into the continuo motet, seventeenth-century manuscript sources and performance contexts.

Before moving to New Zealand, Myles was for seven years Director of Music and Supernumerary Fellow at Oxford University’s Harris Manchester College. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and has recorded two solo CDs at Harris Manchester, including the Organ works of John Ireland and Grayston Ives for Priory Records. Myles studied with Robert Gower and David Sanger, and was Organ Scholar at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, and Worcester College, Oxford.

Away from the organ bench and choir stalls, additional interests include close-up conjuring and cooking: very occasionally at the same time.



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