Neill Pickard Profile

Rosa Shiels
8 Apr 2021

Some people walk through this world unnoticed, while those who choose music and communication arts are always in the spotlight. Such is the case with Neill Pickard – musician, academician, humanitarian, gentleman. Whether teaching, playing music or working behind the scenes, words and music are ongoing motifs in his personal and professional life.

Neill has influenced countless secondary school students during a career-long occupation teaching French, music, and English as a Second Language. He has lectured in music history to tertiary students, composed and directed a full-scale rock-jazz musical based on the life of Shakespeare, and continues to work as a singer and musician in a Dixieland jazz band as well as other genre line-ups.

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Redwing - Larry Marschall, Tony Hale and Neill Pickard
Turkey in the Straw - Neill Pickard, Larry Marschall and Tony Hale live, Christchurch Folk Club.
River City Stompers in the studio, Christchurch 1963. Dave Innes (drums), Les Brown (trumpet), Tony Lewis (trombone), Paul Dyne (clarinet), Neill-Pickard (banjo).
Photo credit: Neill Pickard Collection
Neill Pickard jamming with Acker Bilk.
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Neill Pickard with Emile Grimshaw, banjo, 1964.
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Neill and son Richie Pickard on double bass, April 2008.
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Neill Pickard, Larry Marschall and Tony Hale live, Christchurch Folk Club.
The River City Jazzmen - Putting on the Ritz
The Undergrads with singer Susie DeMaria, Ilam Homestead.
Photo credit: Neill Pickard Collection
Poster for Sweet William, a rock-jazz musical based on the life of Shakespeare, composed and directed by Neill Pickard.
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Neill Pickard with Manhattan Transfer, Christchurch Town Hall 2005.
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Hank B Marvin of The Shadows signs Neill’s Stratocaster.
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River City Jazzmen at Nut Point Gallery, November 2018. Left to right: Jerome Raateleand, Neill Pickard, Dave Pitt, Michael Fairhurst, Tony Lewis, Allan Hawes.
Photo credit: Neill Pickard Collection
Lloyd & the Undergrads, 1963. Miles Reay (left), Lloyd Scott, Neill Pickard, and Dave Innes (obscured).
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Neill Pickard receiving Civic Honour Award with Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker, 2008.
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"Sweet Georgia Brown" River City Jazzmen Live @ Orange
Lloyd & the Undergrads, Caroline Bay, 1963. (From left) drummer Dave Innes, Neill Pickard, Lloyd Scott (in long trousers), John Brock, and Miles Reay.
Photo credit: Neill Pickard Collection
“Nothing’s Too Hard for Neill Pickard” by Gerard Masters (2017)
Neill Pickard and his son Antony.
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Ian Edwards (left), Neill Pickard and Brent Stanton, a former pupil of Stu Buchanan and Ian Edwards, and a regular in Ian’s band. A Sydney Conservatorium graduate, Neill describes Brent as “a monster reed and flute player who went to New York; an Emmy arranger, among other feats”.
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Jazz school tutors, 1993. Back row (left to right): Tom Rainey, Ted Meager, Neill Pickard, Doug Caldwell, Bob Heinz; front row: Ian Edwards and the late US jazz trumpeter Nat Adderley, who did the narration for Porgy & Bess with CPIT Jazz School choir & leads.
Photo credit: Neill Pickard Collection
The Everglades - Abilene (Robbins Recordings, RRSP47, 1964) - Hugh Canard, bass; Neill Pickard, piano.
Neill Pickard in class at CPIT, 1980s.
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Larry Marschall, Tony Hale and Neill Pickard - Caravan
Neill Pickard with banjo, 1963.
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Poster for Sweet William, a full-scale rock-jazz musical based on the life of Shakespeare, composed and directed by Neill Pickard. 
Photo credit: Neill Pickard Collection
Neill Pickard receiving QSM honour from NZ Governor-General Anand Satyanand, 2008.
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Folk trio, late 1970s. Hugh Canard, Steve Dakin, Neill Pickard.
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Neill Pickard, singing cowboy. 
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My Grandfather's Clock - Larry Marschall, Tony Hale and Neill Pickard
Neill Pickard in Red Hot & Dixie.
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Neill Pickard's first guitar, a 1958 Ermelinda Silvestri, built in Catania, Sicily.
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Neill Pickard on contrabass with Barry Brinson at the piano.
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Undergrads publicity photo, taken on the roof of a demolished building in Hereford St Christchurch. Left to right: Neill Pickard, John Brock Miles Reay Dave Innes.
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Neill Pickard's 60th, with his sons Antony and Michael.
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Neil Pickard, John Wilson, and Michael Lawrence, mid-1970s.
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River City Jazzmen live, 2018
"Dippermouth Blues" River City Jazzmen Live @ Orange
Therese and Neill Pickard at Neill's QSM honours ceremony.
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Jazz school staff, 1992. Back row, left to right: Neill Pickard, Murray Warner, Bob Heinz, Tom Rainey, Ted Meager, Gerald Marsden (trumpet); middle: Ian Edwards, Doug Caldwell; front: Genevieve Kelly (voice and choir) and Sharon Moynihan.
Photo credit: Neill Pickard Collection
Neill Pickard in gig mode, 1963.
Photo credit: Neill Pickard Collection