Lana Law


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 Perfor-mance 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 fe-male big band The All Girl Big Band, and Music Director of the Gar-den City Big Band. She is in high demand as a session musician for many different types of bands, CD recordings and shows

Matt Davis

Matt Davis is a versatile multi-instrumentalist who has been a respected name in the New Zealand music scene for the last twenty years. Matt has recorded and played around New Zea-land on saxophone, clarinet, flute, guitar, bass and drums, in almost every style imaginable, but these days focuses mainly on post-bop and contemporary jazz. Matt graduated from Christchurch Jazz School in 2001, and has a BMus (Canterbury), majoring in saxophone and composition. As a saxophonist, Matt frequently features as a session musician, and currently leads his own jazz trio (The Kitsch In Sync) and quartet (Defunkt). As a sideman, Matt currently plays in ‘The Justice Brass Band’, ‘Soul Mates’, ‘The Prohibition 6’ and ‘Contagious’. Matt is also the musical director of the Ellesmere Big Band (New Zealand’s longest-running Big Band) and writer/ arranger for APEX Funk – one of Christchurch’s hottest showbands.

As a teacher, Matt has run the music department at ‘Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery’ School (an innovative ‘alternative’ state school in Christchurch NZ) for the last 11 years. Over this time, he has trained many of Christchurch’s most successful young musicians, and has garnered a string of national awards.

Matt is an endorsed performing artist for Antigua Winds Saxophones, and exclusively plays Anti-gua Pro-One saxophones.

Helen Renaud

Christchurch performer, conductor and teacher, Dr. Helen Renaud has been the HOD of Music at Burnside High School, where she now works part time. She studied bassoon at the Wellington Conservatorium of Mu-sic, and Music History at the University of Victoria, before receiving her teaching qualification. In 2009 she graduated with a Masters in Music from the University of Melbourne, where she focused on conducting. It was here that she was taught by the late Professor John Hopkins OBE, and the late Richard Gill OAM. Helen has a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Canterbury, looking at rehearsal techniques for high school and youth ensembles.

Helen was appointed to the roll of Conductor of the University of Canter-bury, Christchurch Youth Orchestra in 2016. She also conducts the Burn-side High School Orchestra and Junior Concert band, and is a free-lance conductor around Christchurch. Helen plays baritone saxophone with the All Girl Big Band, where she is one of the founding members.



Monday January 7th

7pm                              Arrival, registration and emrolment

7:30 – 8:30                  Initial briefing, discussion and supper (provided)

Tuesday Jannuary 8th

10am – 12pm                Workshop One

12pm                              Lunch

1pm – 3pm                    Workshop Two

3pm                               Afternoon Tea (provided)

3:30pm – 5:30pm       Workshop Three

5:30pm – 7:30pm        Dinner

7:30pm – 9.00pm       Tutors Demonstration Concert On The Green

Wednesday January 9th

10am – 12pm                Massed Rehearsal

12pm                             Lunch

1pm – 3pm                   Concert Preparation

3pm                              Soiree (Public Performance) on the Green



In its inaugural year, the Village Sax Festival is open to all classical or jazz saxophonists who have been playing for at least one year through to ex-perienced players.
With the beautiful landscape of Hanmer Springs as the backdrop, partici-pants will get to attend a minimum of three workshops, and two concerts over two and a half days in January.
Workshops are arranged to cater for all playing levels, with course fees set at $100 for the three days. Accommodation and food are not included.


Improvisation skills

Including how to approach practicing the fundamentals (chords and scales) for improvisation.

Ensemble skills

In this workshop you will discover the secrets of phrasing, length of notes, articulation, blending and balance.

Saxophone practice techniques

How to make the most of your practice time to improve your playing


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