helen medlyn & penny dodd

penny dodd - bio


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penny dodd

formal studies

Victoria University of Wellington, B Mus (Piano Performance) 1980

Music Teachers: Judith Clark - piano; Laurence Leonard, Morley College, London - conducting; Dr Albert Harris, ex UCLA, - orchestration.

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professional experience

Freelance musician since 1979, working in the fields of theatre, opera, radio, television and concerts as pianist, musical director, arranger, conductor, composer, or producer. Emigrated to the UK in 1987, and returned to New Zealand in late 1990. Director of Browns' Music Ltd.

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penny dodd - theatre work

2005 hellcats, with Helen Medlyn, Auckland Festival club, Wintergarden. raising hell, with Helen Medlyn, pianist and producer, Herald Theatre. High Society, MD and arranger, Auckland Theatre Company, Sky City Theatre.

2004 Evita, Stetson Productions, with Josie Walker, MD/conductor, New Zealand Tour _Whalerider, Civic Theatre, vocal coach and vocal arranger.

2003 hell for leather, with Helen Medlyn, pianist and producer, Herald Theatre

2002 Big River - MD, Unitec hellbent, pianist and producer, Helen Medlyn cabaret show, Ilott Theatre, Wellington, Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin Festival.

2001 Chicago, MD/pianist, Stetson Productions, NZ Tour hellbent, pianist and producer, Helen Medlyn cabaret show, Herald Theatre, Auckland Let Yourself Go, MD/pianist, Unitec School of Screen and Performing Arts, Auckland. Love/Hate Relationship, MD/pianist, with Jackie Clarke and Tim Beveridge, Tauranga Arts Festival. Sirens, with Jackie Clarke and Tina Cross, Taranaki Arts Festival hell on heels, - Tour - Taranaki Arts Festival, Framingham Vineyard, Blenheim, Baycourt Theatre Tauranga.

2000 to hell with love, pianist and producer, Helen Medlyn cabaret show, Maidment Studio

1999 hell on heels, pianist and producer, Helen Medlyn solo show, Maidment Studio Sirens, with Tina Cross and Jackie Clarke, The Famous Spiegeltent.

1998 hell on heels, Wellington International Festival of the Arts Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Keys 2, Hong Kong

1997 And the World Goes Round, MD/pianist Sky City, with Tina Cross and Jackie Clarke Porgy and Bess, Keys 1, St James Theatre, Auckland, Living Arts World Tour Tell Me the Truth About Love, Helen Medlyn solo show, Downstage Theatre, Wellington

1996 The Secret Garden, Keys 2, St James Theatre, Auckland Assassins, Musical Advisor/Vocal Coach, Watershed Theatre, Auckland

1995 The New Rocky Horror Show, Rehearsal piano, Aotea Centre, Auckland Me and My Girl, Piano, Aotea Centre, Auckland Hot Shoe Shuffle with Debbie Byrne, Piano, St James Theatre, Auckland

1994 Into the Woods, Vocal coach, Watershed Theatre, Auckland

1993 MD, Footlights and Fancyfree with Grant Bridger, Mercury Gods, Auckland Ken Hill's Phantom of the Opera, Casting and Rehearsals , NZ Tour

1992 Fallen Angels, MD/pianist, Galaxy Theatre, Auckland Chess, Aotea Centre, Associate MD, Auckland and NZ Tour

1991 Porgy and Bess, Chorus Mistress and Piano, Mercury Theatre, Auckland

1990 Chess, Keys 1, 6 months tour of UK Jim Bailey as Judy Garland, MD/pianist Norwich Festival, England

1989 The Pied Piper, MD/keyboards, National Theatre tour of UK, with Matthew Kelly Evita, MD/Conductor, State Theatre, Sydney, Australia, Stetson Productions The Phantom of the Opera, Deputy Keys 2, His Majesty's, London La Cage Aux Folles, Rehearsals, Gala Performance, The Palladium, London Anything Goes with Elaine Page, Rehearsals, London Busmans Honeymoon, Piano duo with Don Shearman, Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith

1988 Mother Goose, pantomime, MD, Billingham Municipal Theatre Night of 1000 Stars, MD, several acts, The Adelphi Theatre, London The Phantom of the Opera, Deputy Keys 2, His Majesty's, London Mack & Mabel Gala performance, Rehearsals, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London Chess, Rehearsals, London

1987 Aladdin pantomime, MD, Princess Theatre, Torquay The Phantom of the Opera, Deputy Keys 2, His Majesty's, London Fathers and Sons, Piano, MD, National Theatre, Southbank, London

1986 Aloha, MD/arranger, His Majesty's, Auckland, Dir: Joe Layton The Pirates of Penzance, Associate MD, NZ Tour, Stetson Productions

1981-1985 Mercury Theatre, Auckland, MD for Oliver!, Aladdin, Jesus Christ Superstar, Dracula, King of Hearts, The King and I (co - MD with Juan Matteucci), Footrot Flats, Chicago, Sweet Charity, The Rink, The Pirates of Penzance.

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penny dodd - opera

1999 Accompanist, The Magic Flute, Class Act Opera

1998 Principal Repetiteur and harpsichord recitatives, Cinderella, Opera NZ Accompanist, Hansel & Gretel and Make a Date with Oprah/Opera - Class Act Opera, Auckland season

1997 Accompanist, Starfire by Anthony Ritchie, Class Act Opera - Auckland and Taranaki tours

1996 Assistant to the Conductor, Tosca, Opera NZ, Cond: Stephen Matthews Principal Repetiteur, Lucia di Lammermoor, Opera NZ, Cond: Patrick Flynn Principal Repetiteur, Don Giovanni with Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Opera NZ, Cond: Stephen Barlow

1995 Principal Repetiteur, La Traviata, Opera New Zealand, Cond: Brett Morris

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penny dodd - concerts

2006 Rotorua 10th Anniversary Lakeside concert - MD/Arranger Sky City Starlight Symphony, Musical Director/Arranger Sweet Charity segment , Best Events Ltd

2005 Sky City Starlight Symphony, Conductor/Musical Director/Arranger Symphonic Rock segment , Alan Smythe Special Events Ltd, Coca Cola Christmas in the Park, Conductor/Musical Director/Arranger, Hagley Park, Christchurch and Auckland Domain , broadcast TV3 (23 piece band, vocal groups and choir.) Alan Smythe Special Events Ltd

2004 Sky City Starlight Symphony, Conductor/Musical Director/Arranger Car Concerto Auckland Philharmonia, Conductor /Arranger Symphonic Rock 04_Coca Cola Christmas in the Park, Conductor/Musical Director/Arranger Sky City Starlight Symphony, Conductor/Musical Director/Arranger Car Concerto Auckland Philharmonia, Conductor /Arranger Symphonic Rock 04_Coca Cola Christmas in the Park, Conductor/Musical Director/Arranger,

2003 Sky City Starlight Symphony, Conductor/Musical Director/Arranger Kiwiana segment Auckland Philharmonia, Conductor /Arranger Symphonic Rock 03_wrote arrangements for Nelson Festival, Christchurch Sym[hony Proms, Central Otago orchestra concert Coca Cola Christmas in the Park, Conductor/Musical Director/Arranger

2002 Sky City Starlight Symphony, Conductor/Musical Director/Arranger Musical Theatre segment NBR Stadium Spectacular, Arranger and vocal MD, NZSO, Wellington Stadium America's Cup Opening Ceremony, Musical Director Wrote arrangements for Auckland Phiharmonia Discovery, Pops 5 and 6 concerts Coca Cola Christmas in the Park, Conductor/Musical Director/Arranger

2001 Sirens for Orchestra, Arranged and conducted Christchurch Symphony orchestra, Chch Town Hall. Coca Cola Christmas in the Park, Conductor/Musical Director/Arranger, Hagley Park, Christchurch and Auckland Domain,Sky City Starlight Symphony, Vocal MD/Arranger, pianist, Auckland Domain, Showstoppers 1, Pianist/Arranger, Auckland Philharmonia, Bruce Mason Centre. Wrote arrangements for: Showstoppers 2, Auckland Philharmonia, Bruce Mason Centre. Renee Geyer Concert Arranger, Auckland Philharmonia, Aotea Centre Christmas concert Christchurch Symphony orchestra, Chch Town Hall Dead Elvis Tour, New Zealand Chamber Orchestra, Helen Medlyn in concert, Canberra Symphony Orchestra

2000 Heartland Tour, Pianist/Arranger with Helen Medlyn, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Coca Cola Christmas in the Park, Conductor/Musical Director/Arranger, Hagley Park, Christchurch and Auckland Domain , broadcast TV2 Starlight Symphony, Vocal MD/Arranger, Auckland Domain,

1999 Coca Cola Christmas in the Park, Conductor/Musical Director/Arranger, Starlight Symphony, Vocal MD/Arranger, Auckland Domain, Kiri and Young Friends concert, Blenheim, Piano, NZSO Michael Barrymore Laid Back On Tour, Keyboards and Musicians' Contractor.

1998 Schweppes Showtime, Conductor and Musical Director, Auckland Domain, full orchestra, big band and choir. Broadcast TV2, Alan Smythe Special Events Ltd NZSO BP Pops Tour with Rima te Wiata, Piano/arranger, Cond: Brett Morris Starlight Symphony, Piano/arranger, Auckland Domain, Alan Smythe Special Events Ltd All Aboard with Ron Goodwin Piano, NZSO Coca Cola Christmas in the Park, Conductor/Musical Director/Arranger, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, Broadcast TV3

1997 Coca Cola Christmas in the Park, Conductor /Musical Director/Arranger, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, Broadcast TV3 Classical Spectacular, MD/Keyboards for Rock section, North Harbour Stadium Grand Opening, Auckland Philharmonia and Rock band, Alan Smythe Special Events Ltd Auckland Philharmonia Lights Series, with Helen Medlyn, Piano/ arranger, Conductor: Phillip Green

1996 Coca Cola Christmas in the Park, Piano/ arranger, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, Cond: Wayne Senior TV3

1995 Coca Cola Christmas in the Park, Piano/ arranger, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, Cond: Brett Morris TV1 NZSO BP Pops Tour with Rima te Wiata, Piano/arranger, cond: Brett Morris

prior to 1994 Recitals, with singers including Malcolm McNeill, Helen Medlyn, Anne Dumont, Grant Bridger. Providing orchestrations for concerts for Auckland Philharmonia, small bands, theatre groups.

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penny dodd - tv, radio and recording

2006 Trio Album with Helen Medlyn, voice and Neil Hannan, bass

2000 The Big Time, 7 part Reality TV series broadcast TV2. MD and on-screen judge for audition/rehearsal process for performers to be included in Christmas in the Park. hell on heels New Year's Day concert with Helen Medlyn, Concert FM

1998 Greenstone, NZ television mini series, MD/Arranger/conductor, music composed and produced by Murray Grindlay and Murray McNabb

1997 Tomfoolery on the Wireless with Rima te Wiata, Jackie Clarke, Mark Hadlow, Geoff Dolan, Grant Bridger, RNZ National Radio, Winner in the 1998 NZ Radio Awards. Tina Cross Sings Kander and Ebb, RNZ National Radio.

1996 Theatre Songs of the Nineties, RNZ National Radio, MD/Arranger, Finalist in the 1997 NZ Radio Awards.

1995 The Musical World of Jerry Herman, with Ann Pacey MD/Arranger The Musical World of George Henare, with George Henare, MD/Arranger Christmas Beaver style, with Beaver, Real Strings Orchestra. Conductor

1994 Songs from the Streets of Europe, with Anne Dumont, Finalist in the 1995 NZ Radio Awards. A Cock Eyed Optimist, with Helen Medlyn

1993 Two by Two piano duets with Stephen dePledge The Two of Us 1 and 2, with Raewyn Blade and Beaver. Sondheim, with Grant Bridger

1992 Rima te Wiata, Producer/MD/Arranger/Pianist for Sony Music. CD of 12 tracks, Rima te Wiata and big band with string quartet The Best of Times, with Anne Dumont, Grant Bridger, Jennifer Ward-Lealand

1991 I Remember Danny Kaye, with Grant Bridger

1987 Unlikely Songs, with Helen Medlyn

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penny dodd - arranging for symphony orchestra, show bands, chamber ensembles

Since 1991 provided instrumental works and song accompaniments for: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Chamber Orchestra, Auckland Chamber Orchestra, Rotorua Lakeside Concert, NBR Opera New Zealand, Wellington International Festival of the Arts, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Central Otago Orchestra, Vector Wellington Sinfonia, Alan Smythe Special Events Ltd, Best Events Ltd, Australian Business Theatre, Ovation Business Theatre. Songs for many artists including Dame Malvina Major, John Rowles, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Jackie Clarke, Darryl Lovegrove, Deborah Wai-Kapohe, Sir Howard Morrison, The 12 Irish Tenors, Angela Taverner, Lucy Lawless, Tim Beveridge, Ricky Morris, Frankie Stevens, Rima te Wiata, Tina Cross, Ray Woolf, George Henare, Helen Medlyn, Wayne Mason, winners of NZ Idol, and Che Fu.

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