Mrs Heather Gladstone, of Christchurch, received the Queen's Service Medal, 19 May 2015, for services to music from the Governor General of New Zealand, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae.
This is another accolade for Heather who was awarded The Accordion Examination Board of New Zealand Certificate of Merit for outstanding services to the accordion in 2005, a CCC Community Services Award in 2007 and the University of Canterbury Vernon Griffiths Prize for Musical Leadership as a past student of the School of Music who has demonstrated oustanding qualities of musical leadership, in 2012.
Heather Gladstone and Mikki
Heather has been an accomplished solo performer and highly respected teacher on the New Zealand music scene for many years. Her career has encompassed almost every field of musical endeavour, leading her to perform in a wide variety of venues around the world. Picture left, performing at the South Pacific Accordion Championships.
As well as playing the accordion and piano, she has been singing professionally for a number of years, becoming a highly sought after musician for solo and group performances in many concerts, festivals, shows, clubs and restaurants.
Heather has expanded her vocal and instrumental repertoire to include folk music, classics, jazz, shows and popular ballads. Her appearances are always well received in NZ, Australia, USA, Britain and Europe, where she performs on a regular basis.
Heather has a Bachelor of Music degree in education and composition which has proved valuable while working extensively in numerous musical programs. She has an Honours Degree in Music Education which provides the basis for directing and teaching through her own music school, specialising in vocal technique for all ages, abilities and musical styles. Her students are also beginning to make their mark in professional circles around the world.
Heather Mitchell-Gladstone is a director of her own School of Music. Tuition is available for the following: