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Peter Averi: Patron and Organist

Peter Averi

Patron, Peter Averi - organ and piano

Peter has been closely associated with the Chorale since 1992, when he played the organ in performances of Handel's Messiah at El Rancho, Waikanae and Otaki.  Since then he was accompanist and soloist in most of the Chorale's concerts.  The choir presented an impressive range of major choral works, many of them scored for orchestral accompaniment which Peter adapted for the organ.

He also enjoyed accompanying the considerable number of large-scale cathedral anthems of Handel, Parry, Stanford etc. which were performed.

For many years Peter was Music Director of TVNZ's Praise Be programme, in which the Chorale participated, most recently in November 2011, in Levin, accompanied by Peter. 

Peter was awarded the ONZM in 1997 for services to music and accepted the position of Patron in December 2017.


See Peter celebrating 60 years with Messiah.