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.

 

Committee

The committee comprises of:

President: Graeme Dykes

Secretary/Treasurer: Robyn Haydon

Publicity: Linda Marais

Uniforms: Gillian Wilkinson

Stage Manager:  Francois Marais

Committee member: Claire Hatherell

Librarian: Sue Abercrombie

Previous Music Director

Norman Firth

Norman has been involved with choral music for more than 50 years. He is a former executive chairman and president of the NZ Choral Federation.

He was a member of the Auckland Dorian Singers choir for 35 years, Musical Director at the Takapuna Methodist Church for 30 years and has been the Musical Director of the Hibiscus Coast Singers for the last 15 years.

 

Since taking over as MD of the HBC Singers, he has sought to present programmes of great variety which provide a musical challenge to the choir members, thereby improving standards of performance and greater familiarity with the repertoire. He has introduced the choir to a number of famous choral works and the choir has grown significantly.

Guest Music Director

The late Barry Golding

The Australian (Melbourne) born pianist and conductor studied in Melbourne, but moved to Sydney to join the Australian Opera Company first as a repetiteur, and later as a conductor.

As well as working with the Opera Co. he conducted the NSW Police Choir, winning many awards for male choirs. He coached singers at the NSW Conservatorium of music, and was the Chorus Master for many television operas produced by the ABC. In that period he also came to NZ as Guest Conductor for the Opera. Then followed a period when he was Musical Director of the South Australian Opera Co.

In 1980, he moved to Europe, starting in Mannheim, West Germany, and then worked extensively throughout Europe as pianist and conductor in several opera houses, conducting both opera and operetta. He conducted and toured with a Youth Orchestra to many European countries, including Germany, Luxembourg, Poland and Hungary. He also made many trips to America as an accompanist for singers and instrumentalists. 

He has often been involved with the HBCS and we wish to honour his memory.  Barry passed away during 2017 after a long battle with cancer.

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 up-and-coming extremely gifted organist.

Members

Alan Lyth T1
Alex Balfour B1
Alistair Cammell B
Andrea Creagh S
Ann Durham A1
Anna Jones A1
Anne Lyttelton A2
Bev Smith S1
Bob Overend T1
Carol Clark S1
Caroline English A2
Claire Hatherell A2
David Webb B1
Deanne  Bridle S2
Don Battley B1
Dru Rose A1/2
Eileen Hancock A1
Florence Murphy S1
Francois Marais T2
Frank Rigg B2
Gill  Cranch T2
Gillian Wilkinson A1
Glenys Robertson S2
Gloria  Marsh S2
Graeme Osborne T1
Graeme  Dykes B2
Graham Lamont B
Jan Brown A1
Jo Anderson S1
Jo Surgison A1
Julie  Atkinson S2
Kay Milton A1
Lesley Landrey A1
Lesley Overend S1
Linda Marais S1
Lora Nankivell S1
Maggie O'Connell A2
Margaret  Heath A2
Mike Rose T1
Noelene Smedley S1
Pamela Marlow A2
Pat Hoyle S1
Pauline  Wetton A1
Prue Bell Acc. /S2
Rhona Sayer T2
Robert Letcher B2
Robyn Haydon A2
Robyn Allen-Goudge MD
Roger Creagh B2
Rosie Hamilton S2
Sandra Olliff S2
Stella Owens A1
Stephanie Diamond A1
Stephen Lyttelton B1
Steve Jury T2
Susi Kingsbury A1
Trish Van der Kuilen S2