In 2010 Petrina Bishop first wore her Producers hat when she created ‘AKANNA’ a singing female trio.
Highly praised for her technical vocal expertise, as Vocal Coach and Artistic Director the trio received an invitation to sing on ABC 720AM within months of forming due to the exceptional harmony blend that was created under Petrina Bishop’s guidance. Creating many opportunities to perform, & still in high demand, Petrina Bishop looks forward to this ensemble performing on!
In 2013 Petrina Bishop produced & wrote ‘Life Is A Cabaret & Don’t you Forget It” for the Perth Fringe Festival: 2013, the performance brought an overwhelming response with an extended sell out season.
Petrina Bishop followed up with the SOLD OUT shows with ‘GOLD’ ~ songs of Shirley Bassey”, at the 2014’s FRINGE FESTIVAL Perth, which she produced, co-wrote and which was directed by Anne-Marie Knox.
Petrina Bishop then continued with great success working with local & interstate professional performers & musicians. Petrina produced shows such as “Desperately Young At Heart’ starring Tenor Robert Hoffmann, Soprano Penny Shaw (DivaLicious) & classical pianist Tomasso Polio. Then came ‘Tragic Life, Tragic Death’, A Tribute to Oliva Newton, Me & Miss Earth Kitt, ‘AKANNA is Soul & Funk’, ‘Bring On Xmas’ finishing with ‘When Shadows Lengthen’ with WA Opera Singers Baritone Mark Alderson, Soprano Mim Meakin and David Wickham, Australia’s pre-eminent accompanists.
2015 – 2017
Returning to the stage in 2015 Petrina Bishop produced a number of shows, taking the role of leading lady accompanied by leading Jazz pianist Russel Holmes & Classical pianist David Wickham. The shows encapsulated much of the repertoire that she had worked on in Sydney N.S.W. At this time Petrina also asked many professional performers, & created many opportunities for ‘Rising Stars’ to join her on stage as guest artist’s.
Petrina Bishop has produced, written & directed many of the shows in which she has performed.
2017 – 2018
In 2017 Petrina Bishop @ AKANNA Entertainment launched Morning Music, every second Tuesday of the month at the Cottesloe Civic Centre contracting professional performers who perform on a national and international level to present a variety of repertoire and genres.
With My Eye Upon A Star with Operatic Baritone Ronald Macqueen & accompanist David Wickham, Anything Goes! Cole Porter Musical Revue with Gabriela Golestani & Lincoln Tapping, Classical Delight Trio with Violinist Alix Hamilton, Violinist Madelaine Antoine & Cellist Grace Ah-quee, Salon Rouge with Operatic Soprano Jill Sullivan & accompanist Gaby Gunders, Spellbound! & Xmas Cheer with AKANNA ~ singing female trio, Valentine’s Embrace & Duetto Complete with Soprano Emily Honey & Tenor Robin Fletcher & finally Vera Lynn: The Forces Sweetheart, Barbra Streisand: The Way We Were, GOLD ~ songs of Shirley Bassey and Judy! Takes You Over The Rainbow
Producing a number of corporate events Petrina Bishop has also found time to offer her expertise to WAAPA students to assist them in raising funds to support their ongoing studies and career, & creating the Rising Stars Music Scholarship: Vocal for all ages.
Petrina was also Radio Producer for Capital 101.7 & Vice President of Voice Moves (WA Inc).