MUSIC & ARTS HANMER SPRINGS doesn’t receive funding from government. We are reliant upon the support of visitors, our loyal Friends, donors and sponsors to continue our work. Your support is our future.
We celebrate art in all its forms, painting, sculpture, textiles, weaving, pottery, jewellery making, and many other. We encourage the community to get involved, and want everyone to enjoy art, and all that it brings to our lives.
Music & Dance
We love music, and we love to hear it live. We also love to dance, so we bring the two together whenever we can.
Film & Photography
We love to take “Selfies” and photos of our “fun times”, and love to see ourselves on the big screen, singing and dancing to our our “fav” songs , on family holidays, and creating memories, and we reckon you do as well. So are you keen to learn from experts how to do it really well?
What better way to express ourselves, than by taking on a different character and acting as that character. WE love the dressing up, and acting like a clown, and no-one being able to recognise us.
We bring a range of Festivals to Hanmer Springs, a mixture of art, music, theatre, workshops, competitions, food and great fun! All are perfect family entertainment, with opportunities for all to learn new skills, or.
We are a registered Not for Profit Charitable Trust. A copy of our Deed can be made available on request.
Aims and Objectives
Music & Arts Hanmer Springs is administered by The Music and Arts Hanmer Springs Trust. Hanmer Springs locals, from a variety of different backgrounds including local government, education, business and Music and Arts groups, are founding members of the Trust’s Board.
The vision of the Trust is to make Hanmer Springs a centre of excellence for musical, visual and related art forms, and to promote learning and performance in all these art forms.
The Trust is the brain-child of Grum Frith who came up with the idea as he cycled 1000s of kilometres on his recent circumnavigation of the world. The concept is to bring school, business and community groups to Hanmer Springs to enjoy and learn about all sorts of Music and Arts. The Trust hopes that the array of musical and artistic activities including workshops and festivals will create a nice “balance” in the village.
Grum Frith (Community Liasion & Events Facilitator)
Debbie Constable: Music & Drama Tutor
Debbie has been involved in the arts her whole life through disciplines of music, dance and theatre. Over the past 25 years she has been teaching music or classroom based arts to a range of children, teens and adults. She has spent the last 15 years teaching in schools in North Canterbury, being involved in bands for shows such as Cats, Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls and much more. She loves the look students get on their face when they realise that there is no wrong answer in the Arts. Everyone has a place, and everything can be used to create something new. She looks forward to working with people of all ages.
Mattie Watts: Dance Tutor
Hello! My name is Mattie Watts and I love teaching dance lessons to kids. Dancing to me is a way to express myself, make friends, get active, and is my happy place. I am highly energetic and love to spread my enthusiasm for dancing.
Bob Ibbetson: Rock Guitar Tuition
Bob has many years of playing experience in Rock & Blues guitar that he would like to share with you & help make you that guitarist you always wanted to be.
Learn to play Guitar in your local area with him. He is available to teach evenings & weekends. His courses are individually designed to help you achieve your goal, whether you want to be a lead guitarist or just be able to play Rhythm guitar.
Guitar tuition for all abilities, beginners to intermediate players wanting to improve their technique.
Lisa Tui Jonathan
Bright on Vibes. Singer-songwriter, choir director and singing teacher, Lisa Tui has taught and facilitated singing for 17 years. Her passion is assisting in the creative endeavours of others as well as pursuing her own writing and performing by studying music pedagogy at Otago University, completing training in Adult Education and throwing herself into learning situations to keep her honest. Along with completing her performing arts training at NASDA, Lisa’s vocal studies have included Voicecraft International Complete and her work has been filmed in the NZ Documentary ‘Singing with Conviction’. Music theatre productions, Jazz and Folk Festivals, bands and recordings have all been part of her background as a vocalist and songwriter with 5 independent releases in 2017. www.lisatui.com.
Steve MacDonald: Upholstery
Steve has been an Upholsterer for over 30 years, and has been teaching for over 18 years. 2020 is his third year working with Music & Arts Hanmer Springs.
Marguerite Clubb: Band Leader and Community Music
Our new Musical Director for ‘The Notables Community Band’ based in Hanmer. Having recently retired from a career in Teaching and moving to Hanmer Springs, Marguerite inspires emerging musicians, unlocks their potential and encourages participation in music. Co-founding ‘The Canterbury Community Music Group’ 22 years ago, with her husband Barrie, where members have experienced a nurturing environment to participate in music. Marguerite has been actively involved in the Ellesmere Big Band as both performer and assistant conductor. She has run workshops and developed musical and children's programmes for Folk Music Festivals throughout the South Island for many years. Marguerite plays flute, saxophones, piano, sings and is currently working on learning the ukulele. Promoting participation in ‘Performing Arts’ and connecting our wider community together in life-long learning is a passionate desire that fits in totally with the goals of Hanmer ‘Music and Arts Trust.’
Jillie Toogood – Jabulani.
Jillie has been leading groups for over twelve years and has been involved in weekly improvisation playshops, performance choirs and choirs just for fun. She has also taken a support role in a singing program offered at the Christchurch Women’s Prison.
As a member of the English based, Natural Voice Network, she believes that it is everybody’s birthright to sing. Her love of improvisation has been her long-time passion and she loves to share this ‘playtime’ with others. In 2021 she is tutoring in two Ukulele Workshops.
Rosalind Kelly: Singing & Drama
Hanmer Sings Rosalind loves living in Hanmer Springs! She is passionate about all things music and in particular she loves building people’s confidence through music and drama. Rosalind teaches piano, singing and speech lessons and takes drama and musical theatre classes. She founded and runs both the local adults choir, Hanmer Sings and the children’s choir, Spark! Rosalind has directed, musical directed and choreographed three of the past four shows with Amuri Players, the local theatre group. She thrives on seeing her students enjoy themselves and shine as they push out of their comfort zones!
Sally Boot: Dance
I trained as a professional Ballet and Modern Dancer, dancing internationally, originally based in France ( when I graduated from the Royal Ballet School in London) , as a soloist dancer at L'Opera de Rouen, Theatre Des Arts, I have danced and taught many forms of dance and expressive movement in the USA, Switzerland, England and New Zealand. Sometimes I have taught in professional vocational schools, but also in community schools. I have a passion for sharing my knowledge of many dance forms, and love to pass on my skills so others can gain better posture and self confidence through the art of movement. Lets Dance for Joy together.
Davey Thorpe: Music
Davey is a harmonica player, guitarist, singer, song writer and genuine One Man Band best known as ‘Li’l Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine’
He has played harmonica over the last 25 years and teaches harmonica one to one as well as group workshops.
Davey is an official top 10 NZ recording artist and very experienced all ’round musician.
Chloe Dear: Soap Making
Lana Law: Saxophone
Lana Law picked up the baritone sax at 13 at Burnside High School and knew it was the right instrument for her straight away. After completing her Bachelor of Music (BMus) Degree in Jazz Performance at Massey University she spent time touring the world as a professional musician. Her passion is teaching students and groups, both privately and as an itinerant music teacher and Band Director in schools. Lana is the co-founder and Music Director of NZ's first female big band The All Girl Big Band, and Music Director of the Garden City Big Band. She is in high demand as a session musician for many different types of bands, CD recordings and shows. ....’