See Miss Wells in action!

I sing with the choir, Viva Voce. This year, our Christmas performance will be set out as a high tea and is themed on Dickensian Victorian times. I haven’t been part of one of these before but I hear that it’s a hoot and the music will be very good!

“Please, sir,” said a bold but discerning customer to the Master of Ceremonies at the conclusion of our last dinner entertainment, “I want some more!”

Only a Bumble or Scrooge could deny such a request, and we are neither. Hence, in the spirit of the season, we call upon one and all to join us for a Victorian Christmas High Tea in the handsome setting of St Mark’s. Come alone or with others – perhaps a whole group of friends or work acquaintances – for a delightful, delicious and most atmospheric Yuletide treat.

You are cordially invited to enjoy


at St Mark’s Church Hall, Remuera Rd at St Mark’s Church Hall, Remuera Rd

on Saturday 5 December 2015 at 2.00pm and 5.30pm on Saturday 5 December 2015 at 2.00pm and 5.30pm

where tea, coffee and an assortment of sweet and savoury seasonal delicacies will be served on fine china by footmen and serving ladies to the accompaniment of carols from this our Victorian age sung by the musicians of Viva Voce.

Tickets – Tickets –$45 $45 Table for eight Table for eight Table for eight –$315

Dress code: 19th Century attire or more casual clothing from a future time

Please call the Lady Rowena on 0800 848286 to make a reservation or for further information.

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OPERA Programme for Year 5 and 6


I am very excited to tell you about a unique opportunity for Gladstone students, in Years 5 and 6.

This year I have joined the New Zealand Opera Chorus (which has been great fun!) and through this have been asked if Gladstone would be interested in participating in a series of workshops, a trip to the Opera Technical Centre, and a performance centered around ‘The Magic Flute’, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, which introduces the students to opera its: music; preparation; and presentation. The students will work with a real live opera singer and explore the opera world, all the while preparing their own performance of selections from the Magic Flute, translated into English.

There are only 40 PLACES!!! First in first served. 



Workshop #1:         Friday 23rd October

Workshop #2:         Friday 30th October

Workshop #3:         Friday 6th November

Workshop #4:         Friday 13th November (with Director of NZ Opera, Stuart Maunder)

Trip to OTC: Friday 20th November  12:30 – 2:30

Performance at school:   Friday 27th November (friends and family invited)

There is no cost to this experience which will all happen during school hours, although we would love to be able to avoid the cost (to NZ Opera) of a bus on our trip to Onehunga on the 20th November. So, if you are able and interested in providing parental accompaniment and transport we would very much appreciate it.

Please let me know ASAP that you are interested in participating in this experience. Please return the form below by THURSDAY! I know it’s quick, but we need to get the ball rolling.

Opera Programme Application Form



Kiwi Kapers Trip


On Wednesday 14th October, nearly 200 Gladstone students hopped on a bus and went to watch the APO perform a concert. They play music based on a WATER theme.

The title of the concert was MANGOPARE. This is Te Reo Maori for the hammerhead shark. The final piece of music was by New Zealand composer Gareth Farr, and the orchestra was joined by 16 dancers from Green Bay High School who performed a dance choreographed by Moss Patterson (Artistic Director, Atamira Dance Company) to Gareth Farr’s From the Depths Sound the Great Sea Gongs.

Here is the music we listened to, with links:

Smetana Vltava (Die Moldau) (one of my favourites!)


Every thought, “Someday I’d like to go to an opera. Just to see what it’s all about… I can come across all cultured and all….?…..”

Then this is the opera to go to!

It’s short-dramatic-has great tunes-a very strong cast-superb set and lighting-a world class orchestra-

Miss Wells is in it 🙂

This is the first opera that Miss Wells will be performing in! (In the chorus—no diva moments myself).

If you are interested you can book through me and get a discount.

Wednesday and Friday performances at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm

Price Range: $170.50       $133.50       $112.00       $88.50      $67.00       $49.50

Not suitable for children. (I’d recommend 15 yrs +)





Gladstone’s Got Talent Finalists to be announced….

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Congratulations to everyone who auditioned for Gladstone’s Got Talent 2015. We had an outstanding set of auditions. Everyone act turned up prepared and ready to give their best. The adjudicators had a very tough time of deciding who to take through to the finals, even considering whether we might just have a 10 hour long final with everyone……but then they faced the music and got down to hard tacks selecting the 14 finalists.

To those who auditioned and do not find their name on the list; Keep going, keep practising, keep loving what you do, and sharing it with others!

And now, drum roll please, for the finalists in the 2015 Gladstone’s Got Talent competition…….

(to be announced on Thursday 3rd September on Gladstone Television……. results to be displayed HERE after…)