Hawke’s Bay Orchestra
The Hawke’s Bay Orchestra is a cultural jewel in our community, each year performing a series of concerts featuring leading soloists and challenging, imaginative repertoire. Formed in 1975, the orchestra has evolved and developed into a dynamic ensemble and leading regional orchestra in New Zealand.
Born to Move Dance Studio
Born To Move is a Hawke’s Bay based Dance Studio directed by Corinne Bowey. They cater for ages 5 to Adults, and currently have approximately 200 students. They offer Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Contemporary and Technical Ballet, and also specialise in Performance.
Mary Kippenberger is a children’s writer and storyteller. Born in Lower Hutt, she is best known for her storybooks and tapes and popular performances for children. Since 1991 she has worked as an actor, and since 1994 as a storyteller, often performing with her husband Peter
Orchestrate and OIT
The Hawke's Bay Orchestra’s Young Artist Programme or-ches-trate!! is a natural progression of the vision they share in educating and enriching the lives of Hawke's Bay youth. The emphasis of or-ches-trate!! is in training the young musicians to become experienced ensemble musicians
Paula Sugden – Cello
Paula has been playing the cello since she was 11yrs old and was taught by Alison Hanson. She later gained a Bachelor of Music in Performance Cello from Victoria University. Paula often plays as the guest lead cellist for the Hawke’s Bay Orchestra and other small ensembles as well as juggling 2 children, a busy home life and career.
We are extremely fortunate to have Gregory Squire as Musical Director and Conductor of the Hawke's Bay Orchestra for the Gift of Christmas Concert.
Born in Waipukurau, Gregory Squire began playing the violin at the age of 11, and at 14 became a pupil of Auckland-based teacher Heather Smith. Based in Wellington, he enjoys a busy international career and leads varied life as performer, conductor and teacher
Bios - Tim and Lisa Eagle
This husband and wife duo love being part of Four's Company.
Tim is a born and bred Hastings local Optometrist and Director at Visique Shattky on Russell. He performed lead roles while at Havelock North High School and did performance level speech and drama, and high level Piano as well as dabbling in playing the Saxophone.
Sweeney Todd was his first production since high school, in which he played the Italian Barber - Segnor Pirelli, with gusto, and infused this colourful character with his own special brand of charm and wit.
He has also been part of Amahl and the Night Visitors and is a versatile member of the Four's Company Performance Choir is which he sings both Tenor and Bass.
Lisa has been in shows since she was 9 years old when she got the lead role in Oliver at her local dancing school. She has been involved with her family in Chorus and leading parts in several Musicals and Pantomimes in her hometown of Hanmer Springs during her teens. She also sang in school and community choirs and played Grade 6 Clarinet in local bands.
Lisa was persuaded back into the theatre in Hastings when she joined as a chorus member in Amahl and the Night Visitors and then as the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd. She has been a member of the Performance choir from nearly its inception and loves singing in the Alto section with some cameos with the Sopranos.
Bio - Olive Purdie
Olive Purdie joined Four's Company Choir for the Movie Madness Summer in the Park Concert and continued performing with the group when she won the role of the manipulative and seducing spinster Mrs Lovett, in the Operetta Sweeney Todd.
Since first stepping on stage at age 3, she fed the acting bug with school performances including Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat, and in the One Act Play Festivals for Porirua Little Theatre and Wellington Stagecraft Theatre in her teens.
A move to Wairarapa saw her perform in Dancing at Lughnasa, Steel Magnolias, and Anyone for Murder at Harlequin Theatre.
Now at home in Hawke's Bay, Olive has appeared in a number of productions for both the Napier Repertory Theatre and Theatre Hawke's Bay including About Alice, Noises Off, The 23 Year Old Escort, Music Man and Stiff.
She has also appeared in Four's Company's Amahl and the Night Visitors with her young son Tom, and is a valuable member of the Four's Company Performance Choir and the Four's Company Performance Art's Board.
Lisa Eagle (Four's Company)
Antonio Phoebe Taylor
Antonio Della Barca
Antonio is a highly musical young man who has been a member of Four's Company since it's conception.He has a beautiful Tenor voice and a high knowledge of all things musical. Antonio is a pupil of Amanda Cooper and has just sat and passed his Grade 7 Royal Schools Of Music piano exam on Thursday. He learns everything he plays by heart.....including the three pieces he played for his exam. Antonio is only 16 years of age but is looking at carrying on his love of music at university, when he completes High School at the end of next year.
Phoebe Chenery and Taylor Vercoe
Phoebe and Taylor are also founding members of Four's Company.I was privileged to meet these two young ladies at Heretaunga Intermediate School where they were a part of all things musical that we did....singing....dancing...acting....playing musical instruments.
Phoebe is 16 and has sat her grade 5 theory exam. She plays piano and guitar beautifully and has a gorgeous singing voice. Phoebe is also a talented actor, she played Toby in our production of Sweeney Todd last year.
Taylor is also a highly musical 17 year old.....she has a powerful singing voice that I am sure will take her a long way in the future. She is also a dab hand at the Ukulele, an instrument that she performs with regularity.Taylor dances as well and has been in many roles over the past few years both at school and for amateur theatre.
It has been a true honour to be a part of helping Antonio, Phoebe and Taylor grow and develop their musical talents over the years.
Carol Della Barca (Four's Company Director)
Four's Company Directors and members.