David performs as a soloist, chamber music player and accompanist, and has appeared as concerto soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and toured New Zealand giving concerts for Chamber Music New Zealand. A strong commitment to the performance of music by New Zealanders has been a feature of his career, and several composers have written pieces especially for him.
David has adjudicated at all the major New Zealand competitions, including the Kerikeri Piano Competition, the Rotorua Concerto Competition, PACANZ Young Performer of the Year Award, and various events for regional Registered Music Teacher groups. He now lives in Auckland and is a Professional Teaching Fellow at the School of Music of the University of Auckland teaching piano and chamber music, as well as maintaining a private teaching practice.
Geoffrey CokerSenior Vocal
Geoffrey Coker has enjoyed an active solo singing career as a Counter-tenor in New Zealand and Australia singing with leading Choral Societies and Orchestras including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra, and the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed in concerts, broadcasts and Television Programmes in Europe and North America, and recorded on the Kiwi Pacific and Ely labels.
After getting a taste for opera in the boys’ chorus of the New Zealand Opera Company he later sang principal in premiere seasons of operas by David Farquhar and Dr Douglas Mews, and in modern revivals of operas by Caldara and John Eccles.
Geoffrey’s introduction to singing was as a boy chorister in the choir of St Mary’s Church Karori. After graduating from Victoria University he was awarded a Choral Scholarship to King’s College Cambridge where he sang in the Choir under both Sir David Willcocks and Sir Philip Ledger, later again performing with both of these conductors in concerts in New Zealand. While at Cambridge he studied singing with the English Counter-tenor, Paul Esswood, and Composition with Alan Ridout. While a member of the King’s College Choir he took part in eight recordings for the EMI and Argo labels, two programmes for BBCTV, two concerts as part of the Aldeburgh Festival and toured Belgium, Canada, Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria.
Geoffrey Coker’s appointments as organist include fifteen years as Organist of St Peter’s Church, and eight years as Organist at Old St Paul’s in Wellington. His carol arrangements have been published by Fagus-Music, and recordings of them have been released on Raven CDs.
He retired from his lectureship at the New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University, in 2015 but continues to work as an international music examiner with Trinity College London and as a private singing teacher. He is a past president of the New Zealand Association of Teachers of Singing.
Evelyn FalconerJunior Vocal
In 2008 she completed a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in classical singing, at Waikato University.
A soprano, Evelyn has had a long history with Musical Theatre. From early beginnings in Annie Get Your Gun- Little Jake, Joseph-company, there followed lead roles in other shows such as “My Fair Lady-Mrs Higgins, Oklahoma-Laurey, The Sound of Music-Maria, Evita-Eva Peron, West Side Story-Maria, Oliver-Nancy, Les Miserables- Fantine, Aspects Of Love-Rose and Cats-Grizabella.
Evelyn has directed and performed Andrew Lloyd Webber’s one woman show Tell Me on a Sunday and created and performed a jazz show, Let’s Face the Music.
For the past 23 years she has been the vocal tutor at Western Heights High School, conducting two choirs and giving individual singing tuition. Evelyn also conducts the Rotorua District Choir.
She is married to Dennis and has two stabilisers, Laura and Thomas.
Molly ChapmanTap & Troupes
Del CostelloSpeech & Drama
Del is a fully qualified and registered teacher of Speech, Drama and Communication, accredited Speech NZ examiner and is passionate about the performance arts in New Zealand. As an education entrepreneur, she has been a Speech and Drama teacher for the last 20 years. Del is the founder and principal consultant for The Speaking Company, an innovative and dynamic corporate training organisation and she is the author and founder of “TalKit Oral Language Programme for Schools” “TalKit Clear Speech”.