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The Heart Trust Waikato Hospital Concert 24 March 2pm to 4pm

The Heart Trust - Waikato Hospital Concert

Hamilton operatic stars are gathering at Waikato Hospital to raise money for state of the art technology and equipment, in support of Cardiac Services at Waikato Hospital.

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For a gold coin entry, everyone is welcome to attend this event organised by The Heart Trust and Dr Madhav Menon, cardiologist at Waikato Hospital. There will be over 20 songs performed by local stars’ Julia Booth, Scot Hall, Dane Moeke, David Sidwell (on Piano) and Dr Madhav Menon, with cardiac surgeon Dr Paul Conaglen, accompanying on the guitar.

Along with theatre ballads and duets, there’ll be a range of prize draws available on the day.

The event is on Saturday 24 March 2pm to 4pm at the Atrium, L2 Acute Services Building (above ED).

This is the second concert Dr Menon has organised, based off its first success in 2016 with Dane Moeke who was a finalist in New Zealand’s Got Talent. Now the duo is back with more artists, to highlight the importance of the Heart Trust.

The Heart Trust is a specialist funding trust that supports Cardiac services at Waikato Hospital by helping to provide state of the art technology and equipment. As a charitable trust, they have been in existence for 41 years and have contributed over $2 million to support Cardiac Services during this time. The trust acts to speed up access to world-class heart diagnostic and treatment services for people living in Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Thames/Coromandel, Taranaki and Gisborne/Tairawhiti – also known as the Midland health region.

Find out more about the artists who will be performing at The Heart Trust Waikato Hospital Concert:

Julia Booth

Julia Booth in Phantom of the opera

Since completing a Masters of Music from the University of Waikato as a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar and Medal Winner, Julia debuted with the NZ Opera Company as a Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist, was winner of the NZ Aria and placed third in the Lexus Song Quest.

She was a soloist with the NZSO, APO, CSO and Orchestra Wellington and has premiered many New Zealand works including Michael William’s The Juniper Passion and Dr Jeremy Mayall’s Flutter, a multi-sensory piece performed in the Tropical Forest at the Otago Museum.

Julia played the role of Christine in Hamilton Operatic Society’s production of The Phantom of the Opera and Fantine in the recent production of Les Miserables.  Julia is particularly passionate about performing arts medicine. As a Certified Master Teacher of the Estill Voice Training System, Julia has taught internationally including Vancouver, Helsinki and London with upcoming engagements in New York City.  She works alongside specialist physiotherapists and ENTs to provide singers and occupational voice users with remedial vocal therapy and to refine and optimise vocal function.  Julia runs a private studio, is the head of voice for the new Musical Theatre Academy at St Peter’s School in Cambridge and is the mother of two beautiful little girls.

Dr Madhav Menon

Madhav Menon in concert

Apart from being a cardiologist, an interest in music was rekindled when he reconnected with guitar lessons with Jeff Wragg where a band formed with a bunch of doctors including Dr Martin stiles, Dr Jason Donovan, and David Sidwell.

After a few gigs, Dr Menon decided to improve his singing skills and found Scot Hall who has been his vocal coach for the last three years. With Scot’s training and encouragement, Dr Menon found his way to the Hamilton Operatic Society; being backing vocal for Mama Mia! and a company role in the recent Les Miserables productions.


Dane Moeke

Dane Moeke

Singing for Dane started at a young age, mainly in the shower, inspired by past television show, McDonald’s Young Entertainers.

His dream came to fruition almost 10 years later in 2007 when he first appeared on Māori Television’s Homai Te Pakipaki. He appeared again in 2009 and 2010 and began to sing as a part time job while studying at university.

He’s appeared on TVNZ’s New Zealand’s Got Talent and been involved with some amazing theatre productions as a member of the Hamilton Operatic Society. He still sings for a living while being a caregiver for his mother. He has an amazing support group around him which allows Dane to keep doing what he loves – singing.



Scot Hall

Scot Hall

Scot is a baritone based in Cambridge. He is delighted that his childhood obsession with musical theatre has blossomed into a career of involvement in all of the disciplines that make up this wonderful art form.

Scot has appeared with the Hamilton Operatic Society in Mary Poppins (Mr Banks), Les Miserables (Javert), The Phantom of the Opera (Mssr. Andre), The Secret Garden (Dr Craven) and numerous concert performances. Other credits include Rigoletto (NZ Opera Chorus) and the national tours of The Rosie Show (Dairy NZ) and The Operatunity Daytime Concert Series.

He is proud to have created roles in the original musicals GOGOL (David Sidwell) and I Wish I Learned (Vicki Miller).

He is currently directing Disney’s The Little Mermaid for Hillcrest High School.

On top of his performing schedule, Scot maintains a thriving voice teaching studio at his home in Cambridge, and also at St Peter’s School, where he is lead teacher for the Musical Theatre Academy Programme.

David Sidwell

David Sidwell

With more than 40 years involvement in music and theatre as director, musical director, composer, orchestrator/arranger and pianist in a broad range of musicals, it is no wonder David has become one of the country’s most highly acclaimed directors of musical theatre productions.

As an accomplished pianist, David has worked with numerous New Zealand singers, performers, recording artists and featured as the pianist for the New Zealand Film Archive touring road shows. His work as arranger and orchestrator has taken him throughout New Zealand, Australia, Russia, and the USA.

As a composer, David’s composition, Recuerde el Pasado, had its world premiere in Kazan, Russia at the “Muz-Tranzit” festival, 2007. His work Conversation Between Theremin & Soprano premiered in August 2011, featuring Lydia Kavina (Theremin) and Pamela Wallace (Soprano) and more recently in Kazan at the International conference “Galeyev Readings”, Kazan Tupolev National Research Technical University.

David has provided the soundtrack for Yaniv Saves the World. He is working on a new soundtrack for Totem & Ore, a documentary film, as well as a musical based on the short stories of Russian author Nikolai Gogol. A concert workshop performance of this work was performed last year and a full stage production is in development.

His earlier career as a musical director and then ambitious move to director has seen David in almost every successful production title with hundred’s ranging from Godspell, Chicago and Cats through to Mamma Mia! and Mary Poppins (to name a few).

Working professionally with theatre groups in Australasia, David has had rewarding seasons as director for Andrew Lloyd Webber & Friends (Gold Coast & New Zealand), Westend to Broadway with Wellington Musical Theatre and Orchestra Wellington, Tell Me On A Sunday (Circa Theatre, HGAF), the critically acclaimed Wellington productions of West Side Story and Phantasmic.

Alongside these full-scale productions David has directed the entertainment for numerous community events. He is currently in planning mode for St Peter’s Miss Saigon, and Sister Act and My Fair Lady for Hamilton Operatic.

He was recently honoured with the prestigious ‘Freedom of the City’ award, an accolade bestowed by Hamilton City recognising David’s services to the arts and culture over the past thirty years. 


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