If singing with a mixed GLBTIQ group appeals, come along and try us out at. You don't have to read music - some of our members do and some don't. We want to have fun singing in a choir. We sing a wide range of music from Brahms to the Beatles, adding our own gender twist to the lyrics wherever necessary. You are most welcome to come along to any rehearsal and have a listen and join in.
We rehearse weekly on Thursday evenings from 6.30 — 8.30 pm at St Andrews on the Terrace. We have at two major concerts a year. Once a year we also have a choir camp where we get away, socialise, sing, learn new music, and generally have a blast of weekend together.
We are currently in our second semester working on material for our end of year concert, your are most welcome to come along to see if being a Glam is for you.
If you would like to "try us out", and/or know more about the choir, please email on the form below
Our new musical director Rachel Hyde is no stranger to conducting having picked up her first baton at age 15 and by 18 was already running the extra-curricular music programme for her high school. This led to an invitation to conduct a performance with the Sandwell Sinfonia in England and the rest is as we say history.
From conducting the Sandwell Sinfonia from 1995 to the Music Director of the Wolverhampton Symphony Orchestra in 2000 , to the Wyre Forest Symphony Orchestra in 2001 and the Wrexham Symphony just prior to moving to New Zealand ,Rachel has constantly been expanding her resume and experience (as well as becoming a finalist in the NFMS Young Conductor competition in Cardiff in 2001 along the way).
Rachel moved to New Zealand to work for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as their Artistic Planning manager for 6 years only leaving in 2009 to pursue a degree in Law at Victoria University (in which she received first class honours) and now has a day job as a Policy Analyst for the Ministry of the Environment.
Venturing into the world of choral conducting in 2005, Rachel was appointed Music Director of Cantoris, which she led until 2010. She is a regular guest conductor for Wellington Chamber Orchestra, and in 2008 became the founding Music Director of Schola Sinfonica, a children’s string orchestra aimed at teaching young musicians the joy of orchestral membership. In 2010 Rachel launched the string orchestra Bow, which is dedicated to bringing joy to Wellington string players.
We welcome Rachel as the new conductor for the Glamaphones and are very glad to have her on board with her wealth of experience and abilities.
Lee has recently taken on the role of assistant musical director and brings a wealth of musical experience from a number of vocal ensembles, mainly the Royal Dunedin Male Choir, the Knox Church Choir, and as a tenor in the Glamaphones. He is a skilled pianist and has performed as instrumental soloist, accompanist, and in a range of community and professional instrumental ensembles, including orchestras, chamber ensembles, a "pop" duo, and larger "pop" ensembles.
The general committee organise; concerts, workshops, events and membership and are responsible for appointing musical directors and accompanist. The committee also ensure that the choir is well run and financially well managed. Meetings are minuted and available to members on dropbox.
The Music Committee
Chooses the songs we sing, organising buying all the music and arranging sound files for the choir.
Current members are Musical Director Rachel Hyde, Assistant Musical Director Lee Gibson, Anne-Marie Stapp, Stephanie Greig and Evan Hazenberg.
Sorprano - Rachel Jackson
Alto - Kate Zwartz
Tenor - Gradon Diprose
Bass - Mark Beehre