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Rosemary Russell


Born: 1953


Rosemary Russell grew up in a musical vicarage family, primarily singing hymns. At eight years old, she was exposed to the choral music of the Auckland Cathedral under Sir Peter Godfrey. At Canterbury University she studied with John Cousins and David Sell. She also studied piano with Wallace Woodley and Rae de Lisle.

Rosemary was a foundation member of the Festival Singers of Wellington in 1976 and worked for over 20 years as a secondary school music teacher. She taught at Tawa Primary School for ten years and at Queen Margaret College for nine. She currently assists and sings in both the Orpheus Choir and Nota Bene and is HOD Music at Sacred Heart College in Lower Hutt. She is engaged in many musical pursuits, including singing, playing the piano, conducting and composing.

For me, the voice is a way to access the soul and to experience the divine. Compositions are often the fruit of significant human experience, brought into the light with much toil. Respecting this, results in a rich performance.

Composed (19)

A Wellington Christmas or Christmas Eve Reflections

for three part treble choir with SATB choir and finger cymbals, 6m

Coastal Sunset

for SATB vocal ensemble or chamber choir, 2m 43s

God's Grandeur

for SATB choir, 2m


for SATB ensemble and piano, 4m 30s

It's How You Live that Matters

for SATB choir with piano, 3m 20s

Let us Go in Peace

for SATB choir with piano or guitar


for SATB, 3m 40s


for SATB choir, 2m 20s


for SSAA choir, 2m 30s

Noah's Prayer

for SATB choir, 3m

Pied Beauty

for SSAATB choir and piano, 3m 20s

Prayer of the Cat

for SATB choir, 2m 48s

Prayers from the Ark

Eight Songs for Acappella Choir, 16m

Psalm 19

for unison voices and piano or guitar, 3m

Psalm 46

for SSAA choir with piano, 3m 30s

The Prayer of the Dove

for SATB choir, 2m 30s

The Shining Light: A Christmas Musical

a christmas musical, 20m

Tide Tables

for soprano and piano, 2m 30s

Where E'er You Go

arrangement by Glenys Chiaroni for SATB choir with flute and piano, 3m 30s

Arranged (1)

Where is the Room?

for SATB choir and piano, 2m

Recordings (1)

Godsongz for Kids

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