Easter Course

Venue St George's College, University of Western Australia
Start date 17/04/18
End date 20/04/18
To include:
Handel: He shall feed his flock
Bach: Jesu, joy of man's desiring
Pergolesi: Stabat mater
Britten: Friday afternoons
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About the course

The Oxford and Cambridge Singing School will be led by two experts in choral music and children’s singing: Dr Edward Wickham (St Catharine’s College, Cambridge) and Anna Lapwood (Pembroke College, Cambridge (find out more about our course leaders here.) The course includes training in singing technique, music theory and history, and experience of the finest classical choral music. The aim of the course is to teach a broad range of musical skills as well as instill a deep love of choral music. Our courses are open to children of all experience, and we tailor our coaching to accommodate all levels of attainment.

Course fee: AU$ 560

A typical day will begin at 9.30 (registration from 9 am) and consists of a morning warm-up session followed by full choir practice; a mid-morning break and smaller group sessions. After lunch, there will be further group sessions, focusing on music reading and theory before a final full choir practice, another short break and a final sing-through before the concert. Lunch will be provided by St George’s College, as will break time juice and biscuits; though children are welcome to bring their own packed lunches if they prefer. The day concludes with an informal concert to which parents are invited; and the end of the course with a special concert featuring the music rehearsed during the entire course. The course day ends at 3.30 pm.

The course includes whole-group singing, musical games and exercises to improve sight reading and small group vocal coaching with a singing coach. Every care will be taken to provide age and experience-appropriate tuition.

The music for this course includes classic choral works from the Baroque era by Bach, Handel and Pergolesi, and Benjamin Britten’s much-loved set of children’s song Friday Afternoons.


About the venue

St George’s College has a rich and proud history. After Western Australia gained self-government in 1890, Sir Winthrop Hackett, Archbishop C.O.L. Riley and Sir John Forrest worked to establish a university in Perth, which would become the University of Western Australia. In his will, Hackett left funds to establish an associated college in the Oxbridge style. This marked the genesis of St George’s College, which opened in 1931.

St George’s is the oldest residential college at the University of Western Australia, located directly opposite UWA between the Swan River and King’s Park. Our original buildings and chapel represent one of the most important precincts of historical buildings in Western Australia, framed by heritage-listed gardens.

St George's College, Mounts Bay Road Crawley, Western Australia, 6009
Mounts Bay Rd Bus stop (23, 102, 107, 950)


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