Judges

LUCY BERMINGHAM lives in Canberra, and is a veteran accompanist and musical director. She worked on shows as diverse as “Carousel”, “Les Miserables”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “My Fair Lady” and “Singin’ in the Rain”. Lucy trained as a pianist at the ANU School of Music, then joined the Australian Army and was a member of the Australian Army Band in Sydney and later the Royal Military College Band in Duntroon, where she became second-in-command, leaving in 2008 after 12 years to marry and start a family.

She has conducted choirs, and composed and arranged music for choirs, bands, theatre groups and orchestras and received ‘Best Musical Director’ several times at the Canberra Area Theatre awards.

 

ALPHA GREGORY also lives in Canberra. She has, since 1997, been the artistic director of three choirs which make up the Woden Valley Youth Choir. Recent activities have included performing as the chorus in Opera Australia's The Marriage of Figaro and Saturday's Voices in the Forest concert.

Alpha Gregory was named Artist of the Year at the 26th ACT Arts Awards.

Gregory said she was honoured by the award. Although she had experienced many memorable moments over the years, "the highlight of all highlights" in her time with the choir was its performance for former South African president Nelson Mandela in 2000 when he received an honorary doctorate of law at the Australian National University.

As well as her work with the youth choir, Gregory has taught at the University of Canberra, run a successful early childhood music education program that he began while living in Armidale; and started two other choirs.

 

ANDREA CLIFFORD is a soldier musician with the Royal Military College Duntroon, playing both clarinet and piano. Seven years ago, she took on the position of Musical Director of the Australian Rugby Choir, a non-auditioned group of 60 men.

Since then she has worked to develop them into confident and polished performers. So great is their improvement that in recent years the choir has been invited to take part in massed male choir performances at the Sydney Opera House and New York’s Carnegie Hall. However, the choir is still true to

its roots of supporting rugby union football and performs at every Brumbies home game. Andrea has also worked with many of Canberra’s music theatre companies, including Supa Productions, Canberra Philharmonic and the Phoenix Players. Her technical and musical abilities are apparent, but it is her dedication to developing and encouraging choristers without formal musical experience that has won her so much support.