20 Mar 2014

A musical miracle - Joseph Gardner

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:23 pm on 20 March 2014

Two years ago, Joseph Gardner from New Plymouth was building a name for himself on the opera stages of Europe. He had been accepted as one of the youngest students at what is now the New Zealand School of Music. He had bachelors in music, a masters degree and a contract offer to sing in Germany. But something wasn't right. His voice, the pitch, the tone, were letting him down. He was diagnoised with a brain tumor. Complications from sugery put him in a wheelchair. His body has mostly recovered, but not his ability to sing opera at a high level. He now has some new goals, which will take him to Australia in the next few months and soon he will be talking about his experience at the New Plymouth Operatic society.