New boss: Turn Up The Music's new general manager Tiffany Bindon


Queenstown’s music school has passed on the baton to a new boss.

Tiffany Bindon has taken over from Sarah Lyttle as Turn Up The Music’s general manager, though the latter’s now become a trustee.

Originally from England, Bindon’s known in town as a stilt walker, fire dancer, Luma light festival fairy, stage show performer and former volunteer firefighter.

However she grew up with music, she says — ‘‘I just always loved it’’.

Starting off with a recorder, she ended up playing flute and guitar, which she arrived with in
Queenstown in 2008.

She quips she might have to take up playing these again, ‘‘hearing all these kids with their amazing talent with their instruments’’.

Bindon intends working on the structure of Turn Up The Music to cope with its phenomenal  growth — it now has more than 160 students and 14 teachers, though it’s very short of the

‘‘I want to work a lot more with the primary schools as well.’’

She’s also talking to the Te Atamira Whakatipu Community Trust, which is establishing an arts and cultural facility at Remarkables Park.

‘‘We’ve got venues all over the place, but we’d like to have more of a central hub.

‘‘I think it’s inspiring as well for the teachers to be around other musicians and other creative people.’’