2015, Joseph Haddow

The recipient for 2015-16 is Joseph Haddow, a bass-baritone, who joins a distinguished group of previous singers as award winners. 

At the time of singing with the Chorale's third session of 2016, Joseph had recently completed his third year of a BMus in Classical Performance under the tutelage of Margaret Medlyn, head of Classical Performance Voice at the New Zealand School of Music (NZSM).

Born in mid-Sussex, England, Joseph and his family came to NZ in 2006.  Musically, he started by learning saxophone during his time at Aotea College.  In years 12 and 13 he joined the barbershop chorus.  In year 13, he was further pressed to join a quartet, which led to his teachers prompting him to take up singing.  From there he auditioned for the NZSM and plans to continue his studies next year with an honours year, before doing further education in science.

Joseph has participated in several concerts with fellow NZSM voice students and sang in the chorus of Dido and Aeneas, an NZSM production.