Piano, Vocal & Choral: Miguel Wu
Master of Music, Graduate Diploma in Music, ATCL, MTAQ (Professional)
Miguel is a Brisbane based conductor, pianist, and singer. He has won numerous competitions and compositions around Australia and has been awarded the "Most Outstanding Music Performance" award. He has performed around Australia, the United States, Europe, Paraguay, and various radio stations.
Miguel teaches in his private music studio, conducts workshops, and adjudicates eisteddfods and competitions in Australia and overseas.
Adult Choral : Kerry Bennett
Kerry Bennett is currently Head of Choral Music and teacher of primary music at The Friends' School. Kerry has held similar positions in several schools across Queensland, been a Regional Music Coordinator for Education Queensland and a Senior Conductor and Director of Music for the Brisbane chapter of the Australian Youth Choir.
Kerry has worked as a conductor and clinician with school and community choirs across all age groups. She has coordinated and conducted massed choral workshops and festivals, adjudicated competitions and eisteddfau, and mentored inexperienced conductors. As a chorister, she has sung with numerous ensembles in both Tasmania and Queensland from small chamber groups to full symphonic choirs.
Kerry is the Tasmanian representative for the Australian National Choral Association.
Bands & Instrumental: David Turner
David Turner was received a Batchelor of Arts in Music(ED) from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music. In his 36 years of teaching, he has taught music from kinder to grade 12. David studied tuba and Education but is a "jack of all trades" teaching everything you blow, hit or strum.
David is an original member of the Burnie Concert Band where he initiated the junior program, the adult learners program has been Musical Director since 1993.
Strings: Edwina Cordingley
Edwina received her Bachelor of Music with first-class honours from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, Adelaide University. She was then a full scholarship holder for three consecutive years in the Advanced Performance Program of the Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne.
With a brief interlude to trek around South America for six months with her husband, Edwina then moved to the United Kingdom to further her studies and perform. She spent 6 months studying Baroque cello privately in Edinburgh with David Watkin before moving down to London upon receiving an apprenticeship with Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Edwina went on to tour Europe with Sir John Eliot Gardiner in his ensembles, the English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique. She then went on to perform and tour Europe as Principal Cello for The Gabrieli Consort and Players under the baton of Paul McCreesh. Edwina has recorded Bach's B minor Mass with the English Baroque Soloists, Handel's Il Trionfo del Tiempo e del Disinganno with the Gabrieli Consort and Players and Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Gabrieli Consort and Players.
In Australia Edwina has been works as a professional cellist, playing with many orchestras and chamber groups including Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, the Wallfisch Band, Ludovico's Band, Pinchgut Opera co., The Australian Haydn Ensemble, Elysium Ensemble and Accademia Arcadia. Her last visit to Tasmania was to perform Bach's Cello Suite in G major at MONA for Hobart Baroque in 2013.
She is a passionate educator and has been teaching cellists both young and old for more than a decade.
Speech & Drama: Darren Sangwell
Darren is a trained director, teacher, actor and singer with formal training from UTAS and NIDA. He holds a DipMus, BMusic, BTeach and Masters of Creative Arts (MCA) in Theatrical Direction. He currently teaches at Rosny College, is an Errol Award nominee, Hardie Fellow and Director of The Hobart Theatre Summer School, a role he has managed for over a decade.
Darren is a versatile performer and has undertaken a wide range of theatre productions, concerts, cabarets and major events. Highlights include Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and Grease and his one-man cabaret Darren and Friend. He tours Australia as Elwood in The Blues Brothers Revival Band. He is an AMEB examiner, eisteddfod adjudicator, Drama Tas committee member and is a life member of The Old Nick Company.
His directing credits are varied, including the Tasmanian premieres of Cats, Rent, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Wedding Singer, 9 to 5 and other pieces of music theatre, plays, operas and devised works.