Pops have a new Artistic Director

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April 19, 2018 - 8:25am -- Edward Dempsey

Christchurch Pops Choir is pleased to announce that Matthew Everingham is our new Artistic Director for our 18/19 season.  Matthew is one of Christchurch’s finest musical talents and the choir is very excited to be working with him.

Matthew is a music director, composer and pianist whose music has been heard around New Zealand and the world. He holds a Bachelor of Music (Composition) and Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Canterbury, and an ATCL diploma in piano performance while also lecturing in music theory, composition, keyboard musicianship, musical theatre and choral studies at the University of Canterbury School of Music and Ara Institute of Canterbury.​

His theatre credits as musical director include New Zealand productions of: Sister ActThe Last Five YearsLittle Women, RagtimeThe Events and Working.  Matthew’s work as deputy musical director, assistant conductor and pianist includes: Wicked, Chicago, Mary Poppins, Legally Blonde, Hairspray, Mamma Mia!, Evita, Monty Python's Spamalot, The Phantom of the Opera and Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story, Puss in Boots, Red Riding Hood and The Little Mermaid. 

Matthew has worked previously with the Christchurch Pops Choir in the Court Theatres production of The Events.

As a composer, Matthew’s work has been performed and recorded in London, Prague, Malta, Miami and around New Zealand. Highlights include his composition Fractures, which premiered in Westminster Abbey, as well as having work performed by the NZ Trio and winning the Douglas Lilburn Trust Composition Award.

Matthew also enjoys work as a music director, accompanist and musicianship tutor at the University of Canterbury and the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art, and as a conductor with the Jubilate Singers, Canterbury Lawyers' Choir, St Andrew's Choirs, New Zealand Secondary Schools' Choir (conducting intern).

​Matthew will be leading the choir for their Unplugged concert at the Piano on June 30th.

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