Peter, a graduate of Melbourne State College with a voice major, sang with the Victoria State Opera Chorus and performed in many of their major productions. He understudied several roles and sang the role of Spoletta in a schools performance of Tosca. For Opera Australia he has performed in Lohengrin, Turandot, Wozzeck, Billy Budd, Pelleas et Melisande, Beatrice and Benedick, and he was one the of Apprentices in The Meistersingers of Nuremberg. In concert he has sung as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Pierné’s The Children’s Crusade for the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society, and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s choir for their performance of Purcell’s Come Ye Sons of Art at the Melbourne International Festival.
Peter has also performed regularly in recital, often recording for 3MBS FM.
Peter is an accomplished choral conductor, having studied with Robert Rosen, and he was appointed Music Director of the Choir in 1987. He has led the Choir on several overseas tours, including three concert tours of the United States, two tours of Japan and two tours of Europe. He has prepared the Choir for many performances with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and directed the children’s chorus in a performance of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony at the Exhibition Building in 2001. In 2010 he conducted the offstage boys chorus for performances of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem.
Philip is Director of Music at Melbourne Grammar School where he directs the Chapel Choir whose repertoire is drawn principally from the cathedral tradition. In recent years the Chapel Choir has performed on ABCTV with Russell Watson and at Hamer Hall with Orchestra Victoria under the baton of Graham Abbott. At the Melbourne Recital Hall the choir has been featured in Bach’s St Matthew Passion, directed by Jeremy Summerly, and in three concerts with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Paul Dyer: Vivaldi’s Gloria; Dixit Dominus; and Handel’s Coronation Anthems.
Philip has also directed the choir on the soundtracks of Showtime’s television adaptation of Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet and Chris Lilley’s Angry Boys and Ja’mie Private School Girl.
Philip has twice been awarded the Music Theatre Guild’s Musical Director of the Year – firstly for Whitehorse Music Theatre’s Man of La Mancha in 1998, and CLOC’s A Little Night Music in 2000. In 1999 he was musical director for Whitehorse’s The Secret Garden, in 2004 Lés Miserables and in 2007 their season of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Philip composed the score to the pantomime Aladdin, commissioned by The Catchment Players, which has been performed professionally.
In 2010 Philip was guest conductor of the Melbourne Chamber Choir in a programme of sacred a cappella works and the Duruflé Requiem.
For a number of years he has been a guest presenter/conducting tutor at the ACCET (Australian Choral Conductors Education and Training) Summer School and is in frequent demand for workshops and adjudication.
Philip is on the staff of organists at St Francis’ Lonsdale Street.
Philip is the recipient of an Australia Day Youth Award for service to the community.
Robyn studied piano and accompanying at the University of Melbourne where she was twice awarded the Maude Harrington prize for accompanying. Robyn has undertaken concert tours with the Choir to Europe, Great Britain, USA and Japan, Hong Kong, China, New Zealand. She has particularly enjoyed working as rehearsal accompanist under conductors including Graeme Abbott, Brett Dean and Guy Noble and accompanying singers including Joanna Cole, Suzanne Shakespeare and Jacqueline Porter in performance.
In addition to her work with the National Boys Choir of Australia Robyn works as a freelance accompanist and at Melbourne Girls Grammar School as an accompanist and a teacher of piano and theory.
Coordinator and Conductor of Junior & Elementary Choristers
Alexandra studied piano and voice at Melbourne State College. After graduation she was appointed Director of Music at Kilmaire College in Hawthorn, where she established an instrumental programme and an award winning Chamber Choir. Since then she has been involved in music education, developing choral work and musical productions in various primary and secondary schools as well as teaching piano privately.
Alex also accompanies students preparing for exams, and works as Assistant Producer for the Melbourne Gang Show. She writes liturgical music and has recently established a choir for refugee students at Ringwood Secondary College.
Tutor and Co-Conductor of Junior & Elementary Choristers
Ruth studied piano under the late Margaret Schofield until attending Melbourne State College where she studied under Trevor Barnard for 4 years. She completed a Bachelor of Education degree, majoring in Classroom Music. She initially began her teaching career at Killester College in Springvale and then was appointed Head of Performing Arts at Our Lady of Mercy College in Heidelberg where she stayed for 5 years. After a brief break on maternity leave, Ruth completed a Masters of Education and began work in primary schools where she conducted various choral and instrumental groups.
Ruth has taken leave leave from Boroondara Park Primary School this year allowing her the opportunity to increase her piano student load and to improve her skills on the piano accordion. She plays the accordion at the Melbourne Swiss Club once a month and she also performs (piano, singing and accordion) regularly at retirement villages and nursing homes.
Elementary and Junior Accompanist
Ben recently completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours at Monash University, studying piano under Darryl Coote. Aside from his position with the Choir, Ben works as a performing musician, piano teacher and freelance accompanist. As a vocalist, Ben performs as a member of Gian Slater’s ‘Invenio’ – an improvising choir whose recent work includes collaborating on Barney McAll’s ARIA award nominated album, ‘Graft’.
Ben also works as a dramatist, teacher and composer with 3dArts Company, a not-for-profit arts company providing school and community performing arts classes, and staging theatre and dance productions. Recent on-stage roles have included those in The Importance of Being Earnest, and The 39 Steps.