|CREATIVE TEAM |
for the 2012 production of
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
The Director - Gillan Jerome
Gillian was introduced to music at an early age, studying singing and piano, undertaking her first principal role of Lady Thiang in The King and I at eighteen in Yorkshire. For two years she performed in a circuit of the Yorkshire Working Men’s Clubs, one of the most difficult of audiences. Gillian moved to London to pursue her interest in Theatre and Opera, performing for local societies in the West End and North London and studying part time at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Dorothy Stanton. She gained much experience directing straight plays while in London, in association with a professional peripatetic drama director. On coming to New Zealand, Gillian became a founding member of the Christchurch Gilbert and Sullivan Society. She studied singing for eleven years in Wellington with Emily Mair and has performed more than 30 principal roles in opera and operetta including La Perichole, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Leonora in La Favourita and Anna in the NZ premiere of Puccini's Le Villi, Gillian has been a member of Wellington G&S Light Opera for many years, is a past member of the NBR Opera Chorus, and has served on the Wellington G&S Light Opera executive almost continually since 1988, including eleven years as President. This is her third production for WGSLO.
Music Director and Conductor - Matthew Ross
Matthew Ross, conductor of the very successful WGSLO season of Trial by Jury and HMS Pinafore in 2011, is the Concertmaster of the Wellington Orchestra and increasingly active as a conductor. He has conducted a number of engagements with the Wellington Orchestra including a season of the Disney musical Beauty and the Beast. Matthew has also directed outdoor concerts with the Wellington Orchestra and with the Southern Sinfonia in Dunedin.
Matthew conducted the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Occentric Orchestra and Krasnodar Symphony Orchestra in masterclasses, working with leading pedagogues Jorma Panula and Vladimir Ponkin. In 2011, Matthew is conducting in Australia as part of the Symphony Australia Conductor Development Programme. He studied violin at Canterbury University, the Rotterdam Conservatorium and the Stockholm Royal College of Music, with teachers including Jan Tawroszewicz and Karl-Ove Mannberg. Matthew played with the Jeunesses Musicales World Youth Orchestra from 1993 to 1995, and was a first violinist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for nine years.