|Venue||St John's Anglican Church, Toorak|
Britten: Friday Afternoons
About the course
We are excited to be launching our new Melbourne course this summer in the beautiful surroundings of St John’s Church, Toorak.
This first course will be led by Dr Edward Wickham, Director of Music at St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge; with Katharine Parton (Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and University of Melbourne) and Zac Hamilton-Russell (Trinity College, Melbourne and Moving into Music); and feature work on some great choral repertoire, singing technique, music history/appreciation and composition. All in a relaxed, nurturing atmosphere which respects our children’s varying experience.
Courses are structured so that each day will conclude with an informal concert, and the end of the course with a special concert featuring the music rehearsed during the week.
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.
A typical day will consist of a morning warm-up session followed by full choir practice; a mid-morning break (fruit juice and biscuits provided) 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 (with fruit juice and biscuits provided) and a final sing-through before the concert.
Each day will begin at 9.30 (registration from 9 am) and conclude at 3.30 (with a short concert at 3.15pm or 3pm on the last day).
About the venue
St. John’s Anglican church has been a prominent presence in the Toorak area since the church was completed and opened for worship in 1862.
The church was built by the newly appointed government architect, William Wardell, in the early English Gothic style. Wardell also designed and built St Patrick’s Roman Catholic cathedral in East Melbourne. In April 1860 the Governor of the colony of Victoria, Sir Henry Barkly, laid the foundation stone and building commenced.
St John’s is a vibrant parish with a distinguished musical tradition. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work within its historic and welcoming surroundings.
|St John's Anglican Church, 86 Clendon Rd, Toorak VIC 3142|
|Hawskburn (Pakenham, Cranbourne and Frankston)|