Junior Vocal Adjudicator 2024 

Lindy Tennent-Brown

Lindy Tennent-Brown read music and linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington, studying piano under Judith Clark. Postgraduate study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester followed, where she studied with the eminent British pianists, Margaret Fingerhut and Martin Roscoe. Lindy won numerous prizes, including the 2000 NZ National Piano Competition at Kerikeri and held Junior Fellowships at both the RNCM and the Royal College of Music in London.

Lindy made her début as an inaugural Wigmore Young Artist – the only pianist to be invited onto the scheme – partnering Anne Murray, DBE in 2004. She subsequently performed with singers throughout Europe and the Americas, recorded extensively for the ABRSM, and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. She is regarded internationally as one of the leading collaborative pianists of her generation.

During two decades of London-based freelancing, Lindy worked as music staff with all the major British opera companies, including ENO, WNO, Scottish Opera, Glyndebourne Productions and Aldeburgh Productions. At the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, she worked for ROH2 on the development of new work (opera, ballet and cross-genre projects) for many years. She was the music director for several world première opera seasons, including How the Whale Became by Julian Philips at the Linbury Studio Theatre, and The Owl and the Pussycat by ex-Monty Python Terry Jones and Oscar-winning composer, Anne Dudley for the 2012 Olympics. In addition, Lindy played more than twenty musical theatre keyboard chairs in London’s West End and covered R&D workshops, auditions, and cast-change rehearsals for all the major musical theatre producers.

After two decades working from London, Lindy returned to Aotearoa in 2020. She now coaches postgraduate singers at the University of Auckland and is Music Director of annual opera scenes performances, plays orchestral keyboards with the NZSO and is in demand as a vocal coach, music director, adjudicator and teacher of advanced pianists.

She lives in east Auckland with her two young daughters and a garage full of antique furniture at various stages of renovation.