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Robin Fazakerley


Born: 1932


Born 14 September 1932 in Mount Albert, Auckland.

Educated: Blockhouse Bay Primary School (1938-1941), Diocesan School for Girls, Auckland (1942-1945), Avondale Collge (1946-1950), Auckland Teachers' College (1951-1952), and Auckland University College. Studied piano, organ and cello.

Qualifications: Teacher's 'C' Certificate (1953), LRSM Piano-Teacher's (1959), LTCL Class Music Teaching (1969), LTCL Violoncello Performance (1971). Main Teaching Positions: Music teacher, Rangitikei College, Marton (1963-1967); Foundation music teacher, James Cook High School, Manurewa (1968-1970); Full-time itinerant teacher of violoncello and double bass for Department of Education, Auckland (1971-1984).

Experience: Accompanist for Girls' Choir, Avondale College, as well as for Hastings Choral Society and for intrumental exams. Parish organist at St Jude's, Avondale, and at St Mathew's, Hastings. Cellist in the Auckland Teachers' College Orchestra, Auckland University College Orchestra, Manawatu Youth Orchestra, Manawatu Sinfonia (foundation member), Southern Orchestra (Papatoetoe), Mozart Orchestra, St Mathew's Orchestra, Hawkes Bay Regional Orchestra, and Hastings Sinfonietta. Fazakerley was also involved with the first east coast region music school, which was held in Wairoa in 1973.

Miss Fazakerley is now retired, but still interested in music-making. Besides composition, her interests include gardening, embroidery, chamber music and reading.

Composed (7)


for cello and piano


for trumpet, chamber orchestra and pipe organ, 11m

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

for SATB choir, chamber orchestra and pipe organ, 6m

Mass in D

for unison voices and chamber ensemble

Piha Waiata Po

for cello and chamber orchestra, 20m

Psalm 23

for SATB choir

Sea Change

for cello and piano, 9m