Our Talented Accompanists


Greg Neil

Hamilton. Accompanist
Contact: 027 659 3441 or gregneil@gmail.com

Read More About Mr. Greg Neil

Greg Neil earned a doctorate from Boston University in 2006, after previously completing a masters degree there also and undergraduate studies at Victoria University in Wellington. Graduate studies were supported by two professional development grants from Creative New Zealand, scholarships from The Tindall Foundation and Te Mata Estate Winery.

Since 2007 he has been a staff member at the New Zealand Opera School held in Wanganui every January.

Greg has served on the board of the Waikato branch of the Dame Malvina Major Foundation since 2011.

Greg currently works as a freelance pianist, vocal coach and piano teacher, in addition to being the Waikato representative for the ABRSM.


Rosemary Barnes

Auckland. Vocal Coach
Contact: 021 1839 734 or rosiejbarnes@gmail.com

Rea More About Mrs. Rosemary Barnes

Rosemary studied in London with Franz Reizenstein (Royal Academy of Music) and Lamar Crowson. Her interest in languages led to 25 years in London, working mainly with singers. She was on the music staff of the English National Opera from 1980-88, and taught singers and pianists at the Royal College of Music. She also undertook extensive free-lance opera work with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, BBCTV, Musica nel Chiostro in Italy and Opera Northern Ireland, and performed in concert at Wigmore Hall, Usher Hall, South Bank and BBC Radio 3.

She was assistant conductor on more than a dozen recordings for Opera Rara (bel canto specialists). In New Zealand, Rosemary lead the Postgraduate Opera Diploma at The University of Auckland from 1993-99. She currently coaches emerging artists for Opera NZ, and has been official accompanist for the Gisborne International Music Competition since 1994. Performances include concerts with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Donald McIntyre, Emil Chudnovsky (violin), Robert Aitken and Leone Buyse (flute), among many others.. Recordings include three CDs for the Continuum label.

Rosemary was awarded the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit MNZM for services to music in the Queens Birthday Honours in 2000.


Catherine Norton

Wellington. Accompanist
Contact: catherine.norton@gmail.com

Read More About Catherine Norton

Catherine Norton studied in Wellington with Thomas Hecht and was an Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera, before postgraduate studies in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she was awarded the accompaniment prizes and was appointed a Junior Fellow. She is an alumna of programmes including the Franz-Schubert-Institut for Lieder, Britten-Pears Young Artists, and the Young Songmakers’ Almanac.

A versatile pianist, during 2016-17 she has worked for the NZ School of Music, NZ Opera, NZSO, Orchestra Wellington, Lexus Song Quest, and the Kiri Programme, among many others, in between helping kids sit grade exams and putting on devised song recitals – details at songbooknz.org.