Our Musical Director

Robyn Allen Goudge

 

Robyn Allen Goudge is an Auckland musician with a love for a wide variety of music. The daughter of a singing teacher and a clergyman, she has sung with choirs and musical theatre groups from childhood. In the 1980s she studied singing with the world acclaimed teacher, Dame Sister Mary Leo, while also completing degrees in science and theology, and singing in the ‘Auckland University Singers’ under Prof. Peter Godfrey. She was a founding member of Auckland’s ‘Viva Voce’choir under John Rosser.

 

Over the last 30 years her musical experience has including leading and conducting groups of singers of all ages from pre-schoolers to retirees, and has involved church and community groups in six North Island cities.

 

[In 1998 she recorded a CD of twelve original songs entitled ‘The Love I’m In’. She has often collaborated with her husband, Geoff Allen, in providing incidental music for his drama productions, and in 2008 they co-wrote a pantomime entitled ‘Fairytale - The Musical’. She was conductor for the ‘Leonessa’girls’ choir at Takapuna Grammar School, and wrote music for the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ which was given an award winning performance in ‘The Big Sing’ Auckland championships in 2009. In 2013 she wrote and conducted a song for Girls’ Brigade New Zealand’s 85th anniversary celebration, ‘Give a Girl a Hope’. Two of her songs have been published in the New Zealand Hymn Book Trust’s ‘Hope is our Song’ (2009).]    

 

In 2000, Robyn commissioned Wellington harp maker, Keith Harrison, to make her a celtic harp. Under the stage name ‘Robyn the Harper’, she sings and plays a wide repertoire of music at various church and community events, schools, rest homes, women’s groups and private functions.

 

Sopranos   Altos
Prue Bell   Jan Brown
Gaby Mahon   Ann Durham
Jo Anderson   Jenny Gill
Maggie Cameron   Sandra Gillooly
Andrea Creagh   Anna Jones
Dorothy-Ann Harris   Stella Owens
Pat Hoyle   Pam Waters
Linda Marais   Pauline Wetton
Florence Murphy   Gillian Wilkinson
Lora Nankivell   Carroll du Chateau
Joy Papprill   Anthea Harper
Barbara Paul   Liane Harper
Diana Quennell-Smith   Claire Hatherell
Jane Sadowitz   Rae Hawksworth
Noelene Smedley   Robyn Haydon
Linda Down   Margaret Heath
Sue Abercrombie   Gill Hiil
Steph Diamond   Lane Kennedy
Jill Gray   Lesley Landrey
Rosie Hamilton   Anne Lyttelton
Gloria Marsh   Maggie O'Connell
Glenys Robertson   Jennie Pascoe
Loro Shandler      
      Tenors
Basses   Greg Campbell
Bill Harvey   Alan Lyth
Lyn Jordan   Kevin Murphy
Don Battley   Henri Venturini
Stephen Lyttelton   Peter Gundy
Roger Creagh   Bob Overend
Robert Letcher   Colleen Ashworth
      Gill Cranch
      Steve Jury
      Francois Marais
      Rhona Sayer

Committee

The committee comprises of:

Music Director:  Robyn Allen Goudge

President: Claire Hatherell

Secretary/Treasurer: Robyn Haydon

Publicity: Linda Marais

Uniforms: Gillian Wilkinson

Librarian: Sue Abercrombie

Stephanie Diamond

Rhona Sayer

Stephen Lyttleton

 

 

Pianist

Prue Bell

Prue is very modest and very talented. She has played the piano for a great number of years and taught music at Kristin School, Albany, North Shore, Auckland, for a number of years. She is now an independent piano teacher. Prue loves to accompany us and does a sterling job through all our rehearsals and some of our concerts. She also joins the choir as a soprano when she is not playing.

She is the proud mother of Michael Bell, the extremely gifted organist, pianist and composer.

We have the priviledge of having the talentedMichael Bell (BMus, DipTchg) as guest acoompanist at some of our concerts.  He is presently resident organist, composer and music teacher at King's School in Remuera, Auckland. He resigned as Director of Music at St Matthews in the City in 2016 after fourteen years’ service. He has a passion for the music of J.S. Bach and improvises on organ and piano with his own blend of Classical and Baroque elements. In 2016 St Matthews in the City performed his new setting of Psalm 100. He won best performance of a NZ work at the Kids Sing in June 2017 with The Crocodile, words by Roald Dahl. Bell currently composes for the resident choir at King's School.