New Zealand born conductor, organist, cellist, musical director, singer.

Timothy Carpenter hails from the Waikato, and has quickly become one of New Zealand’s most active and sought-after conductors and musical directors. Based in the Hamilton-metro area as Head of Department of Music at St Paul’s Collegiate, he travels throughout the country frequently conducting and directing groups ranging from professional chamber orchestras, premiere choirs, and opera & musical theatre productions.




St John Passion

On September 15, the Hamilton Civic Choir joined the St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra at St Peter’s Cathedral to perform the JS Bach St John Passion.

The baton moved and so did the orchestra, and an exquisitely balanced, sensitively tuned dynamically perfect sound emerged, lasted a few bars with a wee crescendo, the choir came in, and the world lit up.

Reviewer Sam Edwards wrote:

[. . .] nearly two unbroken hours of some of the best
choral singing with the most enriching orchestral interpretation to have been heard in this most appropriate venue.

To read the full review, please click here.


Of the same concert, reviewer Robert O’Hara named the concert “BACH AT IT’S BEST”

[. . .] conductor Timothy Carpenter … gave very polished direction from the podium.

To read the full review, please click here.

St John Passion with St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra

Faure Requiem

On October 14, the Hamilton Civic Choir combined with the choirs from St Paul’s Collegiate, Waikato Diocesan School, St Peter’s School and musicians from Civic Players to perform Gabriel Faure’s Requiem Mass.

This was a musical soiree with a difference. It had purpose, passion, a great deal of popular support, and real promise for the future of serious music in this country.

Reviewer Sam Edwards commented:

[. . .] the Sanctus particularly, produced stunning vocal dynamics which were supported by a most memorable and elegantly delivered duet of harp and violin. The choral range was huge. In addiiton to the Faure, arrangements of Maori waiata contrasted with Finzi and Kodaly, a collection of spirituals, and the oddball and utterly onomatopoeic experience which is Toto’s Africa.


Faure Requiem Schools Collaboration