David Andross Farquhar CNZM (1928–2007) graduated from St Peter’s, Cambridge in 1941. David was a distinguished composer, and Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to music. David was the founder-president of the Composers Association of New Zealand, and was later awarded their Citation for Services to New Zealand Music. David composed over 100 works during his lifetime, and is best known for his theatre music, in particular Ring Round the Moon (1953) and A Unicorn for Christmas (1962), which was performed for Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to New Zealand in 1963. He was made Professor of Music at Victoria University in 1976, and held the position until retirement 17 years later. David was guest of honour at the St Peter’s 70th anniversary celebration in 2007, where he cut the ribbon to our school gates and generously spent time with our music composition students.
Paul Leach (1938 - 2010) graduated from St Peter’s, Cambridge in 1950. Paul developed a reputation as New Zealand’s best camera operator over the course of his long career, also working as a journalist and director. He worked for the highly respected National Film Board in Canada where he collaborated on Norman McLaren’s, Pas de Deux. He was nominated for a BAFTA, won a Canadian Donald C. Mulholland Award, and a Canadian Film Award. He had a prominent role in the emergence of New Zealand feature films during the 1970s, and has been described in the book “Shot in New Zealand” as the, "unifying cameraperson, the director of pictures for New Zealand”. He worked on The Quiet Earth, which won a GOFTA and was camera operator for Kiwi classics including Utu, Sleeping Dogs, Mauri, Came a Hot Friday, Constance, Smash Palace, and Beyond Reasonable Doubt.
Anna Hawkins (1988-present) graduated from St Peter’s in 2005. Anna has been singing and performing since the age of seven, and whilst at St Peter’s, she took a number of leading roles in the school’s musical theatre productions including Fantine in Les Miserables, Florence in Chess and Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde. She enjoyed classical training and won the Under 16 Rotorua Lockwood Aria Competition in successive years.
Since leaving St Peter’s with a vocal ability to cross musical genres of pop, classical, opera and Celtic, Anna has performed in numerous concerts and arts festivals both nationally and internationally. In 2010 Anna performed with international tenor Will Martin and in 2014 joined international tenor Paul Potts on his tour of New Zealand.
In addition to performing live, Anna has released three full-length albums recorded in London and Poland, working with Pawel Zarecki Journey On (2013), Divine (2015) and Bold Brave and Beautiful (2017). Anna’s albums reached the top ten in the New Zealand music charts with Divine spending five weeks in the charts.
Her voice has been described by NZ Music Magazine as: "Irresistible - a beautiful voice that can move you to tears... Completely unpretentious yet totally rich."
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