Soloists 2017

Zara Stanton – soprano

Zara has recently completed a Bachelor of Music (Music Education) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying voice with Robyn Wells.  She has her A.Mus.A in both voice and piano (distinction), and was a chorister with the Australian Girls Choir for 10 years. Zara is heavily involved with the musical theatre scene in Sydney, as both a performer – City of Angels (MUSE), Wicked (WTC), The Light in the Piazza (MUSE), – and as a musical director – A Launch of Voices(Theatre & Company), Curtains (MUSE), Legally Blonde (MUSE).

Zara regularly performs as a soloist with The Taverner Consort of Voices. She currently teaches voice and piano at De La Salle College and is the musical director for The Jazz Factory Theatre Company.

Kirralee Elliot – soprano

Kirralee is a young performer currently studying a Bachelor of Music Performance (Voice) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. This has led to her involvement in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci (understudy Nedda), Handel’s Orfeo, conducted by Richard Bonynge, Bernstein’s Mass and The Yellow Cake Revue (a political piece by Peter Maxwell Davies). She is also passionate about musical theatre having starred in Legally Blonde as Elle, Cats as Griddlebone and The Hatpin as Clara. Other productions include The Light in the Piazza, Fiddler on the Roof, Godspell and numerous cabarets.

Gavin Brown – tenor

Scottish-born tenor Gavin Brown is a graduate from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he received a Bachelor of Music Performance under the tutelage of Anke Höppner. Trained in classical, musical theatre, jazz and contemporary vocal styles, Gavin has been performing since the age of 4. It’s rare that Gavin isn’t rehearsing for, or performing in a production. Some personal highlights include performing as a part of ‘Hans Zimmer: Revealed’ in the Qudos Bank Arena and starring as The Antagonist in the recently staged production of ‘The Bernstein Mass’ in the Sydney Opera House’s concert hall. Recent stage credits include: Fiyero Tigelaar in ‘Wicked, Warner Huntington III in ‘Legally Blonde: The Musical’, Fabrizio Naccarelli in ‘The Light in the Piazza’, Tenor soloist for St Stephens’ ‘Hymnfest’, Mitch Mahoney in ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ and J. Pierrepont Finch in ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’.

Rodney Smith – baritone

Rodney began his singing studies as a teenager, and gained much experience in singing through the choral tradition of parish church and Cathedral choirs. Rodney graduated from Newcastle University Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music Education in 1991 majoring in flute. Deciding on a different career path he gained a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Newcastle in 1998. During his studies and career as a registered nurse he continued his music interests singing in parish and Cathedral choirs, having done 2 tours of Europe with choirs, singing in St. Peter’s Basilica Rome and various cathedrals across Europe. He currently sings in the Choir of St. Francis of Assisi, Paddington and has been a member of the Australian Brandenburg Choir for the past 8 years.