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We are a friendly mixed community based choir welcoming anyone who wishes to sing.

Our emphasis is on participation, inclusiveness and building our LGBTQI community. The choir is in good health with nearly 60 members.

The Glamaphones evolved out of the Homophones, a gay men's choir that began in 2007. Following Sing Out!, part of the 2011 AsiaPacific Outgames, women were invited to join the choir and the Glamaphones was born.

We sing for enjoyment and work hard to create wonderful music. We sing anything we enjoy including pop, classical, spirituals, world, choral, musical and jazz classics.

The Glamaphones Team

Rachel Hyde (she/her)

Musical Director

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. 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.

Tasman (Tas) Richards (he/him)

Accompianist

After moving to New Zealand from England in 2001, Tas Richards has spent most of his childhood in Marlborough. He began learning piano at age 8 and alongside his ABRSM study, he also started learning jazz and improvisations techniques with jazz pianist Tony Thiel. In both 2014 and 2015 Tas was awarded ‘Most Outstanding Keyboard Player’ at the Southern Jam jazz competition and passed his grade 8 ABRSM exam with distinction in 2015. He currently studies classical piano performance at the New Zealand School of Music under the tutelage of Jian Liu. Tas has enjoyed giving public performances of both jazz and classical music throughout Marlborough and more recently in Wellington.

The Glamaphones Committee

The committee organises concerts, workshops, events and membership and are responsible for appointing musical directors and accompanists.
The committee also ensure that the choir is well run and financially well managed. Meetings are minuted and available to members on Dropbox.
  • Chairperson - Steven Sue (he/him)
  • Treasurer – James Sergent (he/him)
  • Secretary – Steph Loughnane (she/her)
  • Other members: Dora Morolli (they/them), Gradon Diprose (he/him), Sophia Dempsey (she/her), Clare James (she/her)