Chilton Music School - Creative Board


The school is very fortunate to have a Creative Board that is made up of some of New Zealand’s top musicians, who will advise on the programme and guide students on their future pathways.


Tecwyn Evans - international conductor, composer and CMS Patron - Chilton Music School
Tecwyn Evans

International Conductor, Composer and CMS Patron

As the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, Tecwyn pursued postgraduate studies in conducting at the University of Kansas. He made his debut with Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 2000 and has developed a career as an opera specialist. In 2018, the Danish National Opera appointed him as their Director of Music. Tecwyn continues to enjoy working with younger musicians, directing the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, the NZSO National Youth Orchestra, and the Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Benjamin Baker - concert violinist - Chilton Music School
Benjamin Baker

Concert Violinist

Born in New Zealand, Benjamin studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music in the UK. He has been awarded numerous prizes and has performed as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in prestigious venues in Europe and the USA. In New Zealand, Benjamin has toured with the Royal New Zealand Ballet as violin soloist, appeared on radio and television, and has performed as a guest with the NZTrio.

Anna Leese - Soprano - Chilton Music School
Anna Leese


Anna made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 2004. An alumna of the NZ Secondary Students Choir, NZ Youth Choir, and
University of Otago, Anna studied in London at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School. In New Zealand, she has performed with the Auckland Opera Studio, the NZSO, Orchestra Wellington, and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

Jian Liu - Head of Piano Studies, New Zealand School of Music - Chilton Music School
Jian Liu

Head of Piano Studies, New Zealand School of Music

Jian is Programme Director of Classical Performance and Head of Piano Studies at the New Zealand School of Music. A graduate of Beijing’s Central Conservatory, Arizona State University, and Yale School of Music, Jian is highly regarded as a teacher, chamber musician and soloist. He has been a prize-winner and adjudicator at international competitions and has performed at major music festivals worldwide. Jian is the founding pianist of Te Kōkī Trio, the resident trio at the New Zealand School of Music.

Sally-Jane Norman - Director, New Zealand School of Music - Chilton Music School
Sally-Jane Norman

Director, New Zealand School of Music

Sally-Jane was appointed Director of the New Zealand School of Music in 2017. Her international reputation was forged in her roles at prestigious institutions in the UK, Germany, Netherlands and France. Sally-Jane’s research interests have a strong focus on the interactions between art and technology. Sally-Jane also holds Professorial Fellowships at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, Beijing, and at Peking University’s National Centre for Research into Intercultural Communication of Arts.

Tessa Peterson - Senior Lecture in Violin, University of Otago - Chilton Music School
Tessa Peterson

Senior Lecture in Violin, University of Otago

Tessa combines her role at the University of Otago with the position of Concertmaster of the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra. Tessa has performed as an orchestral musician, soloist and recitalist in concerts and festivals in the UK, Europe, the USA, and since 2006 back in New Zealand. She has featured in numerous recordings, and actively promotes and collaborates with New Zealand composers. Tessa is an examiner for the New Zealand Music Examinations Board, and a regular adjudicator for the Community Trust National Chamber Music Contest.

Anthony Ritchie - Professor of Composition, Otago University - Chilton Music School
Anthony Ritchie

Professor of Composition, Otago University

Anthony Ritchie studied at the University of Canterbury and the Liszt Academy (Budapest). A composer and scholar, he has written widely on New Zealand music, and his compositions have been performed worldwide by many internationally renowned musicians. In 2016, an international collaboration he was involved in won Classical Album of the Year at the New Zealand Music Awards. Most recently, Anthony’s oratorio Gallipoli to the Somme was performed in Dunedin, London and Oxford.

Peter Thomas - Conductor - Chilton Music School
Peter Thomas


Peter Thomas, a graduate of the University of Auckland, is currently Music Director and conductor of the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, and Head of Music at Epsom Girls Grammar School. As a conductor, Peter has worked with the NZSO, Auckland Philharmonia, and many other orchestras. Inspiring students to strive for excellence while enjoying music is an important part of Peter’s philosophy as a music educator.

Andrew Withington - Conductor - Chilton Music School
Andrew Withington


A specialist in choral training and direction, Andrew Withington holds music degrees from the University of Canterbury and the University of Auckland, and recently completed a PhD specialising in choral pedagogy at the University of Canterbury. In 2018, Andrew stepped down his position of Director of the NZ Secondary Students Choir after a decade, during which he led the NZSSC on tours to Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and China.