Chinese Film Festival in New Zealand

"Dear April,

Many thanks for attending the 2019 (11th) Chinese Film Festival in New Zealand and Golden Fern Awards Ceremony held in Roxy Cinema in Wellington on 30th October. Your beautiful and professional singing is well received and much appreciated by audiences. What a wonderful evening to celebrate the award - winning films made by Chinese and New Zealand film makers. "

Rachel Qi

Dransfield House, Wellington function venue


The function absolutely loved April and we will be having her in again next time there is an opportunity to.  Thanks again.  Nathan.

Antipodes NZ, Christmas Party 2017

“april was professional and delivered a stunning performance, 100% on brand for the james bond inspired party!”


“april has a beautiful voice, captivating our guests – and she dressed on theme also in a cool purple glittery gown!”

"Love Wellington" Meetup Group


Many thanks again for your fabulous performance at the Love Wellington ball on Saturday night. Nothing but superb feedback from people on your amazing voice and performance..  Jason

Tauranga Jazz Festival, 2008


"Vocalist April Phillips was equally outstanding; understated, with a strong modulated-voice and, like Teka, a powerful ability to bestow meaning on Cole’s especially poignant lyrics of love; her cover of ‘Nature Boy’ was the best live version I have ever heard.  Phillip’s version of ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ was also breath-taking when accompanied by Andrew London’s acoustic guitar, Olsen’s echoic sax, and Norman Meeham’s beautiful, expressive keyboards. "

Nelson Jazz Festival, 2008


"April Phillips, has a voice of honey. Her excellent phrasing in The Very Thought of You brought meaning to the lyrics."

Dominion Post - album review


The Make-A-Wish Jazz Album Reviewed by: Simon Sweetman, Dominion Post Friday 1 April 2005


"All proceeds from April are being donated to the Make A Wish foundation (“granting the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy”, as it is explained in the liner notes). And certainly that is to be admired. And it is reason enough, I believe, to support this artistic endeavour. But, April is also a lovely album, because April Phillips can really sing. And her voice is put to perfect use across a mix of jazz and pop standards, from Old Devil Moon and It Had To Be You to Someone to Watch Over Me and The Man I Love. Backed by the best local jazz musicians (Norman Meehan, piano/keyboards; Johnny L/.,ippiett, saxophone; Lance Philip, drums) April’s voice dominates the rich layered tunes. And Norman Meehan’s sympathetic, gentle arrangements perfectly account for this. Fans of vocal jazz will be impressed with this local talent – and what a novel way to support a wonderful cause. If you can’t find it in shops it’s available through her website: "

Civil Union Ceremony and Reception, 2015

"April, thank you so much for your gorgeous voice and gorgeous presence on Saturday. You added so much to our day"  Fran and Hazel

InternetNZ Event, 2015

"She was fabulous thank you very much"

Office of the Auditor General, Christmas 2020

We booked April for our end of year work function with a bit of a speak easy type theme and were exceptionally pleased with the result. April was really easy to work with leading up to the event and made herself available for set up prior to the gig. She was on time and did an excellent job of reading the room. She is wonderfully diverse and had something in her set for everyone. I would highly recommend her for your function.

Kim, Office of the Auditor General 2020

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