Dr Rachael Griffiths-Hughes

Lecturer in Music History, Choral and Baroque Music
Academic Planning Group Representative

School of Arts


About Rachael

Early music specialist Rachael Griffiths-Hughes combines her teaching work at the Conservatorium of Music with a busy schedule of performing and choral conducting.

After completing a Master of Music degree in harpsichord and organ performance with the late Anthony Jennings, Rachael won a scholarship to study in America, where she completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York.

Rachael is a member of two ensembles, Waikato Baroque and Kowhai Baroque, which perform regular concerts on period instruments (baroque flute, recorders, baroque cello and harpsichord) throughout the North Island. Recent festival appearances have included the Taupo Summer Festival, the Wellington International Fringe Festival, and the Rotorua Chamber Music Festival.

As well as passion for baroque music, Rachael has research interests in Choral Music, and is the Conductor of the Hamilton Civic Choir. Recent works performed with this group include: Bach's b minor Mass; Benjamin Britten's cantata St. Nicolas; Missa Criolla by Ramirez; Tempus et Moutere by Michael Williams; Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Auckland Philharmonia, and a gala performance of Handel's Messiah, performed on period instruments.

Rachael can also be heard every weekend at St. Peter's Cathedral, Hamilton, where she is Organist and Director of Music.


Baroque music; choral music.

Recent Publications

  • Griffiths-Hughes, R., Sussex, P., Tankersley, J., Reid, P., & Griffin, P. (2017). Affetto - Perla Antigua: Cantigas and Canzone from 16th and 17th century Europe [Rachael Griffiths-Hughes (harpsichord), Polly Sussex (violin), Peter Reid (cornetto), Jayne Tankersley (Soprano), Philip Griffin (vihuela)]. Ponsonby Baptist Church, Auckland; St Peter's Cathedral, Hamilton; Tauranga Park Auditorium, Tauranga, New Zealand.

  • Tankersley, J., Griffin, P., Griffiths-Hughes, R., Reid, P., & Sussex, P. (2017). CD: Affetto [Jayne Tankersley (vocals), Philip Griffin (guitar, theorbo), Rachael Griffiths-Hughes (harpsichord and organ), Peter Reid (cornetto), Polly Sussex (gamba)]. Recorded at Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato: Atoll Records.

  • Reid, P., Sussex, P., Griffiths-Hughes, R., & Griffin, P. (2016). A Play on Words (Christopher Classics) [Peter Reid (Baroque Trumpet and Cornetto Muto), Polly Sussex (Treble Viol, Bass Viol and Baroque Cello) Rachael Griffiths-Hughes (Harpsichord), and Philip Griffin (Theorbo, Baroque Guitar and Guitar)]. The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, Christchurch, New Zealand.

  • Griffiths, M., Sussex, P., & Griffiths-Hughes, R. (2016). Music by 18th century masters of the cello and gamba, with harpsichord [Polly Sussex (Baroque cello); Martin Griffiths (Baroque cello); Rachael Griffiths-Hughes (Harpsichord)]. The Prayer House, Oratia, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Contact Details

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Griffiths-Hughes, Dr Rachael 4469 rgh IJ.2.03 Music Programme