Founder of the Jubilate Singers and internationally-known concert organist and, Martin Setchell is curator of the Christchurch Town Hall Rieger organ, a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and Associate Professor of Music and Organist at the University of Canterbury.
This year he has given organ concerts in Summer Organ Festivals in Germany and the UK, including at the St Giles Cathedral Edinburgh and the Marktkirche in Wiesbaden. Other recent tours include performances in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Japan. Last year he released his fifth CD, A Taste of Shropshire, recorded at Ludlow Parish church following his successful Bonbons for Organ series and Pink and White, an anthology of New Zealand organ music, on the Atoll label. Martin is frequently heard on BBC radio’s The Organist Entertains, the USA’s Pipe Dreams, and Radio New Zealand Concert.
Martin also studied conducting with Laslo Heltay, and has worked with a number of Christchurch groups including the Jubilate Singers (which he founded 31 years ago in 1977), the Royal Christchurch Musical Society and the University Chamber Choir. He has a particular passion for opera, and was chorus master and Assistant Music Director for various Canterbury Opera productions. In May he conducted Gian Carlo Menotti's operas The Telephone and The Medium for the University's College of Arts Platform Festival.
In 2008 he received a Civic Award from the Christchurch City Council for his services to music, in particular the Christchurch Town Hall organ. He is a regular participant in the Jubilate Singer’s concerts, either as guest conductor or organist. Website: www.organist.co.nz
Born in NE Yorkshire, a mere four miles from the birthplace of Captain Cook, John Pattinson made an early start to his musical career. Beginning as a choirboy, at the age of eight, he took on his first appointment as organist and choirmaster at the age of fifteen, before going on to study at the University of Manchester and the Royal Manchester College of Music. In Manchester, he was President of the University Chorus and a member of the famous Hallé Choir, performing under great conductors such as Sir John Barbirolli.
For a number of years he conducted one of Britain’s oldest orchestras, the Shrewsbury Orchestral Society, and was director of the Janus Contemporary Music Ensemble. He accompanied and later conducted the Charles Ives Choir at the University of Keele. His last appointment in Britain was as Head of Music and Performing Arts at the North Staffordshire Polytechnic, before joining the staff of the University of Canterbury in 1979.
Shortly after emigrating to New Zealand, he became director of the Amici Chamber Orchestra and, over the past 30 years has worked with most of the Christchurch groups, including Canterbury Opera (of which he was a founder-member), Christchurch Symphony, The Harmonic Chorale, and Christchurch City Choir. For 18 years (1988-2006) he was Director of the Jubilate Singers. Indulging a fondness for 8-part texture and for orchestrally accompanied choral works, he augmented the size of the choir to 32 voices. Among numerous recordings made for Concert FM, the complete motets of JS Bach and Brahms, and Parry’s Songs of Farewell stand out as major achievements. During this period the choir also enjoyed its association with other notable performers including Paco Peña (Misa Flamenco), Michael Parmenter (Les Noces) and Southern Ballet Theatre (Carmina Burana; The Unicorn, The Gorgon and The Manticore). In 2004 the choir released its CD recording of choral works by John Ritchie, Winter and Rough Weather.
Continuing a long experience begun in Britain, John has adjudicated at numerous music competitions throughout New Zealand, including The Big Sing. Listeners to the former Concert FM will remember his work as an accompanist and as a frequent contributor to "Composer of the Week", "Opera Hour", and other radio talks. Opera continues to be a special interest. He has conducted Christchurch performances of Britten’s Albert Herring, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Dorothy Buchanan’s Green Leaf, Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona and Britten’s Noye’s Fludde. John inaugurated the lecture series “Insight into Opera” at the University of Canterbury in 1981 under the auspices of Continuing Education, - a series which, more than a quarter of a century later, remains alive and well and enjoys full enrolment. A founder member of the Canterbury branch of the international Wagner Society, John Pattinson continues to make frequent contributions as a lecturer.
Grant began his choral conducting career in 1984 as
the Organist and Master of the Choristers at the historic St Mary’s Cathedral
in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. In 1989, he was appointed conductor of the
80-voice Port Elizabeth Oratorio Choir and in 1994, he founded “The Bay
Singers”, a 16-voice ensemble that recorded for the South African Broadcasting
Association. He moved to New Zealand in 1996.In 2003, Grant recorded a solo organ CD, OrganRhapsody, at
ChristChurch Cathedral, also gaining the Fellowship of Trinity College, London
that year. A science and marketing graduate, he is the Chief Executive of the
New Zealand Choral Federation. In 2015 Grant stepped down from the choir to pursue studies in choral conducting under Karen Grylls at