We were thrilled to see so many of our choral community recognised in the Queen’s Birthday honours this year.
We extend our hearty congratulations to National Cadenza Coordinator and NZCF Otago Treasurer John Buchanan (MNZM); to choral singer, conductor, and music educator Maria Winder (MNZM); NZCF Canterbury committee member and educationalist Lois Chick (MNZM); inaugural NZCF Vice-President, former NZCF Canterbury Chair and NZCF Life Member Nan Anderson (QSM); founder of NZCF Bay of Plenty branch and NZCF Life Member Coreen Gray (QSM); and Big Sing choral director, educator and composer, Ella Buchanan Hanify (QSM).
You can read their award citations by clicking on the names below.
Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM)
John McGregor Buchanan, of Dunedin. For services to music.
Lois Anne Chick, of Christchurch. For services to education.
Maria Ruth McGredy Winder, of Auckland. For services to music education.
The Queen’s Service Medal (QSM)
Agnes (Nan) Miller Anderson, of Christchurch. For services to choral music.
Ella Buchanan Hanify, of Lower Hutt. For services to music.
Audrey Coreen Gray, of Mt Maunganui. For services to choral music.
In the wider music community, we were pleased to see NZ Youth Choir alumnus Tom Rainey receive an ONZM for his services to music and music education, and stalwart music supporter Christopher Marshall (director of the Christopher’s Classics concert series in Christchurch) receive a QSM award for services to music.