2019 Guest Artists

Albert Bennett

Bass / Baritone

Albert Bennett is a bass/baritone singer with also experience having performed as an actor, dancer, model and singer on stage, theatre and television.
His musical experience spans across from being the drummer in a rock band, to being an ensemble and principal singer in concerts, shows, Operas, and Oratorios.
He has had roles as diverse as Count Carl Magnus in Steven Sondheims stage show A little night music, Oreveso in Bellinis grand opera Norma, Alexander Molokov in Tim Rice, Björn Ulvaeus in the show Chess, and has also taken part in a special project with the legendary Roy Phillips of Peddlers fame.
Albert feels privileged to be part of this concert under the baton of Maestro Cooper and with the wonderfully talented Seasoning Ensemble group of musicians.
Albert has recently returned to singing after a ten-year break where he took time out to focus on family and business.
Albert has recently become a member and regular soloist with the Christchurch Liedertafel male voice choir and Knox Choir.

Amy Clough


Amy is currently studying at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School. This year she was Principal Oboe of the NZSSSO and a member of NYO. She is also lucky enough to have been accepted as both a CSO intern and a member of the NZSO national mentoring programme for 2019. Amy enjoys the thrill of the spontaneous flamboyancy that Seasoning Ensemble offers.

Gabriel Baird


Gabriel Baird is a second year student at UC studying composition and performance on bassoon and piano. He is the principal bassoonist of the Christchurch Youth Orchestra and has played as a casual player with the CSO. Gabriel’s musical abilities range from not very good, to mediocre, but he enjoys every last drop of artistic juice that he squeezes from the pulp of his busy schedule.