Lauren Grout (Bachelor of Music with Honours):
Lauren is a very talented
young woman who grew up in Gisborne. Learning ballet and gymnastics
from an early age, she has taken up dancing again and together with her
flute playing and performances, is studying for an honours degree. She
has performed often at the Waikato Museum’s monthly ‘Musical Feasts’.
has been playing the flute since she was nine and attended Gisborne
Girls High School. She has performed in competitions all over New
Zealand. She was runner up in the Waikato Concerto Competition in 2011
and 2012, won the Orchestral Recital class in the Te Awamutu
competitions, won the NZ Woodwind Competition Tertiary Section as well
as Best Performance of a New Zealand work. Lauren also became a member
of the Golden Key Society; an international honour society committed to a
high standard of scholastic achievement and received a Sir Edmund
Recently Lauren won all woodwind sections at competitions and is once more a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar.
Choir are privileged to have Lauren preparing to perform a flute solo
at the ANZAC concert. She will be accompanied by well-known pianist
Chris Young is in
her third year as assistant conductor. She has been a keen singer
her whole life and joined choirs wherever she has lived – from
Botswana to New Zealand. She has performed as soloist for Cantando
in the past and loves to sing with this enthusiastic group of singers
of all ages.
She has performed
Rutter’s Requiem before, the last time under the baton of John
Rutter himself, over 20 years ago and is delighted to have the
opportunity to sing selections of this beautiful work once again.
Cantando, Chris was a member of the hugely successful Baroque choir
Armonico Consort in Warwick, England and performed Mozart Requiem
with them just days before leaving for New Zealand.
Chris never misses a
chance to sing and since arriving in Cambridge in 2009 has sung at
events as diverse as Stations of the Cross and the Rugby World Cup
Final. She has also dabbled in musical theatre, most recently
singing the Rose Seller in Hamilton Operatic’s Oliver! last year.
She once even played the role of Mother Superior in The Sound of
Music while pregnant!
She is passionate
about getting children singing and loves to conduct children’s
choirs. She currently has around seventy 9-11 year olds at
Leamington School, where they sing songs and chants from around the
world, usually involving some movement and always with a big smile,
because the most important thing about singing is to enjoy it.
(photo © Brooke Baker)