Madeleine Ballard

I’m undertaking a Masters Degree in English Literature at the University of Oxford, specialising in literature from 1900 to the present. I’ve spent the year studying in astonishingly beautiful libraries, consulting first editions at the Bodleian Library, writing my strongest academic essays to date under the guidance of field-leading academics, and meeting fascinating people from all over the world. I could not have had a more special experience, either academically or in extra-curricular activities.

I’m currently finishing up my dissertation, after which I will begin an editing and copywriting internship in London, with the hope of settling down there for a few years before returning home with my new skills. I would like to thank the Anne Reid Memorial Trust scholarship for helping make this life-changing year possible.

(May 2019)

Lorelle McNaughton


After being awarded the Anne Reid Memorial Trust scholarship in 2016, Lorelle moved to Spain to undertake specialist studies in the interpretation of Spanish piano music at both the Academia Marshall and Liceu Conservatori in Barcelona. She has studied with some of the most renowned living interpreters of Spanish music, including Albert Attenelle, Carlota Garriga and Marta Zabaleta.

Since her first visit to Barcelona in 2012, Lorelle has made a name for herself as an expert in the field of Spanish music, being invited to present lecture-recitals at leading universities such as Melbourne, Avondale, Wollongong and Sydney Conservatoriums. She co-founded, with her teacher Natalia Ricci, the first Spanish Music and Dance Symposium in Sydney in 2013, ‘Encuentros Españoles’, which involved a week of recitals, masterclasses, workshops and lectures from over 20 international artists.

Since moving to Spain in 2016, Lorelle has made numerous contacts who are very enthusiastic about her passion for the music, and have encouraged her to stay and continue to delve deeper into the repertoire. Lorelle continues to reside in Barcelona with the help of private sponsorship, where she is continuing her studies at the Academia Marshall. In July 2018 she has arranged to bring her teacher, Marta Zabaleta, to New Zealand with her for a series of masterclasses and recitals of Spanish music. She will be returning again in October 2018 to perform a tour of recitals of solo piano music and music for voice and piano from the great Spanish composers. Lorelle plans on returning regularly to NZ to help share and expose this beautiful and evocative music with our audiences around the country.

Receiving the Anne Reid Memorial Trust Scholarship in 2016 played an enormous part in helping Lorelle make her move to Barcelona and continue along this path of Spanish music. It has opened several doors for her, and she is well on her way to getting this wonderful repertoire played more often in our country.

Carolyn Johnson

Carolyn Johnson (née Wu)

The Anne Reid Memorial Scholarship has enabled me to access so many opportunities which have challenged me and enabled me to reach my full potential.

I received the scholarship during the year in which I was studying for my Masters in solo piano performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. The scholarship enabled me to continue further studies after completing my Masters degree. I used the scholarship to support a Postgraduate Diploma in Music Performance at the Guildhall, where I studied piano accompaniment and chamber music. This was a most memorable time in my life where many friendships were formed with my fellow colleagues – comprising of singers and instrumentalists from all over the world. Highlights arising from that year include being invited to perform in the BBC Modern Composers Festival for two years running as well as invitations to participate in the Britten Pears Festival in England, Oxford Lieder Festival and Vienna-Prague-Budapest Chamber Music Festival and Masterclasses. I was also thrilled to perform at the Royal Festival Hall with the UK National Musicians Symphony Orchestra. Following my studies, I was fortunate to be offered piano teaching positions at two prestigious schools in the UK – Wellington College, Berkshire and Whitgift School, Croydon. More recently, I was accepted to become a music examiner for Trinity College London and examined in numerous places in the UK.

Following my move back to New Zealand in 2014 to raise my young family, I have been contributing to the performing arts in Christchurch by being actively involved in accompanying young people in their musical pursuits in events such as competitions, concerts and exams. I also have a busy teaching schedule and in 2018, founded the Canterbury Chamber Ensemble.

I cannot say enough thanks for the support of this scholarship. It has truly grown me in all aspects of life and I would not be the same person without the experiences which I encountered whilst overseas. It has benefited my communication, my goals, my skills and I am passionate about using my experiences to help others achieve their dreams.

Thank you.
Carolyn Johnson

Olivia Rose Francis

Olivia Rose Francis is a first violinist in the Badische Staatskapelle in Karlsruhe, Germany, and a Master of Arts student in the class of Nora Chastain at the Zürich University of the Arts in Switzerland.

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Born and raised in New Zealand, Olivia began piano lessons aged four and violin at seven. Olivia studied with Dimitri Atanassov at the University of Auckland on a full scholarship and the Royal College of Music in London as a scholarship student of Berent Korfker. In addition she has received musical influences from such artists as Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Pinchas Zukerman, Ida Kavafian, Cho-Liang Lin, Krzysztof Wegrzyn, Gilles Apap, Pavel Vernikov, and the Chilingirian and the Kronos Quartet.

A passionate chamber musician, Olivia was a member of the Clara Quartet (Royal College of Music) and Rothko Quartet (University of Auckland). With the Clara Quartet she performed at venues including Cadogan Hall, Southwark Cathedral and the Southbank Centre, and recorded at Abbey Road Studios. As winners of the 2012 Pettman/ROSL ARTS International Scholarship the Rothko Quartet toured England, Scotland, Malta, Germany, France and Luxembourg. 

As a soloist Olivia has appeared with orchestras around New Zealand and is a past prizewinner of the PACANZ National Young Performer of the Year and the Gisborne International Music Competition. 

She is particularly enthusiastic about orchestral playing, and in addition to touring as a guest player with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra she was concertmaster of the NZSO National Youth, Auckland Youth, University of Auckland, RCM Philharmonic and Zürich University of the Arts Orchestras. She also performed at the Royal Festival Hall and Buckingham Palace. Most recently Olivia was selected for the 2016 Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra Academy, and since 2017 is a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra where she had the honour to perform under the direction of Maestros. Charles Dutoit, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mikhail Pletnev, Daniel Harding, and Antonio Pappano.

During the current season Olivia has performed in Wagner’s Ring cycle in the Badisches Staatstheater, among many other operas and ballets. She currently also performs in the Opernhaus Zürich’s production of Verdi’s La Forza del Destino under the direction of Fabio Luisi, with the guidance of her mentor, concertmaster Ada Pesch.

Next season Olivia will take up a position as Academist of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. She plays a violin made in 2017 by Paul Belin. 

Olivia is very grateful to have received the generous support of several awards and foundations towards her studies in both New Zealand and Europe. These include the Anne Reid Memorial Trust, AMP, New Zealand Society UK, FAME Trust, the Dame Malvina Major Foundation, and the Patricia Pratt Scholarship. In particular, Olivia is grateful to the Anne Reid Memorial Trust, without which her studies in London may not have been possible. Olivia writes:

“Receiving the Anne Reid Memorial Trust Scholarship in 2014 was a huge surprise and excitement for me. I received the news only a few months before I was due to start studying at the Royal College of Music, and it meant that I would definitely be able to go. The RCM is a wonderful school, but it is expensive, and towards the end of my first year I realised it would be difficult to raise the funds to continue. It was therefore an overwhelming relief when the Anne Reid Memorial Trust decided to support me for a second year, enabling me to complete my studies and graduate with First Class Honours. I had an inspiring, unforgettable time in London, full of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and eye-opening learning experiences. The ARMT made all of this possible, for which I will always be grateful.”

Andrew Dean

The Trust was very generous in its support for my final year of research in Oxford for my doctorate (in English literature). The grant gave me the space to read and write, taking away the often disabling financial pressure that many students feel late in their doctorates. I am particularly grateful for this – I received the gift of time, allowing me to sharpen my thinking and look to the future. I value too the connection the AMRT grant made between my work and the humanities in New Zealand. The humanities in NZ are my intellectual home – my early encounters with Janet Frame, Landfall, and the faculty at the University of Canterbury continue to ground my literary and political thinking. It was an enormous privilege to have received an ARMT grant, and I encourage anybody thinking of applying to put in an application.


I’m currently in the process of applying for academic jobs in English Literature – I’m looking all over the world at the moment. I’m focusing on getting academic work published, with the aim of turning my thesis into a book. I am also beginning to think about writing projects in New Zealand for popular audiences, following Ruth, Roger, and Me – but nothing is decided at this stage.

Andrew Dean CV

Jun Bouterey-Ishido

Jun (middle) plays with the Calvino Trio

2014 was a significant year for me. Firstly, it marked the end of my formal piano studies in Germany with my graduation from the Konzertexamen (Soloist diploma) programme in Stuttgart in February 2014. It also marked a new beginning with the first public concert of the Calvino Trio, only recently founded by myself and two fellow musicians. The trio has proven to be a source of inspiration as I seek not only to further my solo career but also to broaden my musical experience.

In September, the Trio commenced postgraduate chamber music studies at the Academy of Music, Basel, under the tutelage of musicians Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet) and Anton Kernjak. Their instruction and our intensive work together has shown fantastic results with the Trio winning two chamber music competitions in quick succession; the Jeunesses Musicales Suisse in December, and the Orpheus competition in January. In March 2015, the Trio was sent to Portugal to represent the Academy at the chamber music festival “Harmos”.
In terms of solo work, a highlight of 2014 was a trip to Chile in April on the invitation of Edith Fischer ­ one of the most important disciples of Claudio Arrau. During a month of intensive work with Edith in Santiago, I also gave a public recital as part of the university’s concert series. Then, in September I was invited for the third time to participate in the “Open Chamber Music” sessions at Prussia Cove, England – where I was fortunate to have the opportunity to play in a trio with Adrian Brendel, as well as performing Ligeti’s Horn trio in one of the final concerts.
I was home in NZ briefly in February this year to play in Kerikeri and my home town Christchurch and hope to come back with the Calvino Trio in 2016. Meanwhile, following its competition wins, the Trio has several upcoming performances at music festivals in Switzerland this European summer in what promises to be another eventful year.
I would like to express my gratitude to the Anne Reid Memorial Trust for their invaluable and generous support, which has enabled me to pursue my overseas studies.

Christopher Cottrell

I received the Anne Reid Memorial Trust in 2009, and was extremely fortunate that the board offered two full awards that year, allowing both me and another recipient each received the full support of the scholarship.

The award supported me while I completed my Masters at the Edinburgh College of Art, graduating with distinction from the Art, Space, Nature programme.

Being based in the UK allowed me to see a large number of high profile exhibitions in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. I also had opportunities to make several visits to Berlin, Barcelona and Paris. I also made some great friendships with people working and studying across in Scotland.

Since receiving the scholarship I have received a Wild Creations residency in Fox Glacier, supported by Creative New Zealand and the Department of Conservation. I worked intensively for a period of six weeks and completed a series of drawing video works, which culminated in a small publication.

In April this year I was offered a permanent full-time academic position at RMIT University in Melbourne. I teach first and final year students in the Interior Design programme, as well as help co-ordinate INDEX, the graduate exhibition and event.

This academic role continues alongside my own creative practice, which continues to develop through public exhibition and further study. I am working towards a PhD by creative practice  with the working title “Atmospheric–making” at RMIT University.

From next year I will be studio holder at Schoolhouse Studios in Melbourne.


Christopher Cottrell – Personal Website

Wild Creations residency

RMIT Interior Design graduate exhibition site

Melbourne studios