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Ashley Hopkins

After completing a Performance Diploma on Clarinet at Auckland University, Ashley joined the RNZN Band as solo clarinetist where he spent 13 years rising to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in charge of the day-to-day musical activities of the band. During this time he developed an interest in conducting and on leaving the band took up the directorship of the Auckland Secondary Schools Orchestra for four years and conductorship of the North Shore Concert Band (six years). Other duties included playing in the highly regarded Navy Big Band on alto and bari sax. Ashley performed for years as an associate player for the Auckland Philharmonia and has also played with the NZSO. He has played with many touring shows including "Les Mis" (twice), "West Side Story", and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" as well as visiting performers such as Shirley Bassey and Michael Crawford. Ashley has spent some time in the jazz field playing baritone saxophone for the Roger Fox Big Band. Ashley was principal clarinetist in the Auckland Chamber Orchestra for a number of years. He is principal clarinet in the Opus Chamber Orchestra and has been since 2005. In September 2001 and May 2009, Ashley performed as a concerto soloist with the New Plymouth Orchestra. He currently lives in Central Otago with his wife Jacqui and plays occasionally with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra as well as conducting the Central Otago Regional Orchestra.

Ashley Hopkins
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