The adjudicators for The Big Sing Finale to be held in Auckland this year are Jonathan Grieves-Smith (Melbourne), Rachael Griffiths-Hughes (Hamilton) and Anthony Ritchie (Dunedin).
JONATHAN GRIEVES-SMITH is Artistic Director of Hallelujah Junction, Australia’s professional choir, and has held the titles Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus Master, Director of Music at Trinity College, University of Melbourne, Music Director of Brighton Festival Chorus, the Hallé Choir, and the Huddersfield Choral Society. Acclaimed as an outstanding conductor of music from the baroque and classical periods, he is also a passionate advocate for new music, commissioning and premiering such composers as Brett Dean, Arvo Pärt, Eriks Ešenvalds, John Tavener, Gabriel Jackson, Alfred Schnittke, and James MacMillan. He has conducted the BBC Singers, Rome’s Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Europa Cantat, and the Flemish Federation of Young Choirs.
RACHAEL GRIFFITHS-HUGHES is Director of Music at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Hamilton and a Senior Lecturer of the University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music, where she teaches Music History and Musicianship. She is director of the University Chamber Choir and for 15 years was conductor and Music Director of the Hamilton Civic Choir. Besides working with the adult choir at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Rachael works with Jayne Tankersley directing and training the 26-voice junior choir.
In 2014, Rachael formed the ensemble Vox Baroque, a 12-voice choir who perform 18th century cantatas once a month, with a small band of instrumentalists. Rachael also performs as harpsichordist and organist with the early music ensemble Affetto.
ANTHONY RITCHIE studied composition at Canterbury University, and the Liszt Academy in Hungary and is currently Associate Professor of Music at Otago University. He was a foundation member of The National Youth Choir and has helped establish two new choirs in Dunedin. Anthony’s works include concertos for violin, viola, flute, guitar and euphonium, 4 symphonies, chamber music, and 6 operas. His CD A Bugle Will Do: Symphony No.3 and Other Symphonic Works, recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, was awarded classical album of the year by The Listener, and was finalist at the NZ Music Awards, in 2012. His work is increasingly known overseas: in 2014 A Bugle Will Do was recorded by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and performed by the Ulster Orchestra, and Salaam was premiered by the Belgian choir Aquarius. Most recently, his oratorio Gallipoli to the Somme was premiered to critical acclaim in New Zealand.