The Sia Furler Institute is starting the year with a series of events in conjunction with RCC Fringe.


EARTHALUJAH: Unpacked! In Conversation with Reverend Billy
Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir are wild anti-consumerist gospel shouters, Earth loving urban activists, and are an OBIE Award-winning radical performance community. Their strategies include cash register exorcisms, retail interventions and cell phone operas. Witness the church of the Rev Billy for the first time ever in Australia.

This Fringe-first exclusive will see Anthony Roberts get to the bottom of Reverend Billy’s radical work and revolutionary ideas, and his creative process behind his groundbreaking show!

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM in Braggs Lecture Theatre
Thu, February 28, 2019

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Australian Exclusive: In Conversation with Pussy Riot
Join Pussy Riot in a candid conversation with Alison Coppe in a Fringe-first, and Australian exclusive, where we explore and attempt to understand the passion and vision that is behind their world-famous protest performance! And in an Australian exclusive, this event will host a Q&A style interaction with their audience.

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM in Braggs Lecture Theatre
Tue, March 5, 2019

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On the 17th of February, the whole study tour group attended London Symphony Orchestra’s concert with Sir Simon Rattle and Daniil Trifonov in the Barbican Centre. The repertoire consisted of French music: Rameau’s Les Indes galantes – Suite, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major, Betsy Jolas’ A Little Summer Suite, Poulenc’s Les biches – Suite and Ravel’s La Valse.

Before talking about the performance, the acoustic of the hall has to be mentioned. Amongst all the concerts in many different concert halls attended during the trip, Barbican Centre had the best acoustic fitted for classical performance. The sound came straight to the very back of the hall – which was massive – without losing any clarity and amazing reverb quality.

Throughout the programme it was really interesting to experience new kind of instrumentation and orchestration through French composers’ from different eras, from Baroque to Post-Romanticism and 20th music. The Russian pianist, Daniil Trifonov, performed Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major brilliantly, with great accuracy in style and technique, and through his playing his humble personality showed through. Sir Simon Rattle also led the orchestra very well in portraying each piece in very colourful and lively ways. The composer of A Little Summer Suite, Betsy Jolas was in the concert that night, who composed the piece for Sir Simon Rattle and later joined to bow with the conductor. Through this concert it was shown that LSO is particularly good at producing very magical and atmospheric sounds. Overall it was a great concert to finish off the study tour.

Written by Kate Hwang

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Today we visited Trinity Laban to hear from Joe Townsend about their Colab project weeks and also to see some of these projects. During our morning session with Joe, he introduced us to Colab; an opportunity for students to collaborate together and create a project of their choosing. He also discussed creativity in music education and collaboration, and how being creative requires confidence with no self-doubt. We also did a few interactive exercises which helped us to understand the concept of creative collaboration.

Joe then moved on to discuss the aspects of both creative and collaborative learning. Creative learning is an individual style of learning, as your development of creative thinking and skills can only come from your own actions. But collaborative learning brings the process of creative learning into a group scenario; everyone can support and strengthen each other’s learning process. Within collaborative learning there are several different elements. Joe put these into an equation, as when you add craft and creativity, motivation reflection, then divide by ego, you are left with the collaborative success results.

Here’s how it works:

Craft (what you do) – “the desire for quality and skill to deliver it”
Creativity – “creativity is not a talent; it is a way of thinking”
Motivation – “we do it because we love what we do”
Reflection – “do, observe, reflect, plan, repeat”
Ego – instead of ego you need shred vision, willingness to listen and empathy

I found this session really eye opening and it really made me think and projects I could do in the future. I loved the concept of Colab and hope to see something similar start up back in Australia.

Written by Monique Warren

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On the 15th of February, a group of string and keyboard players from the study tour attended an evening chamber concert held in Wigmore Hall. The repertoire consisted of Mozart’s Divertimento for String Trio in E Flat Major, K 563 and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence in D Minor, Op.70 for string sextet. The choice of repertoire was interesting because it […]

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Gyorgy Pauk is recognised as one of the leading violinist of his generation. Born in Budapest and studied at Franz Liszt Music Academy. He won first prize in Paganini Competition, Premier Grand Prix of Jacques Thibaud Competition and first prize of Munich Sonata Competition before settling in London in 1961. He has performed with most of the major orchestras in […]

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The instrumental and classical voice students concluded their day with the viewing of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’ at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Interestingly, Webber’s show has attracted audiences to Her Majesty’s Theatre since 1986, making it one of the longest-running shows to be performed on the West-End stage. From watching the show, it was easy to understand why […]

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On the 13th of February, the next morning after watching the English National Opera’s production of La Boheme, the singers and instrumentalists returned to the London Coliseum for a 90-minute private tour. Built in 1904, the Coliseum majestically displays Roman and Victorian architecture, with a huge theatre space of 2358 seats. (Fun fact: there were initially 2400 seats but 42 […]

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Today we visited the Royal Academy of Music to see a violin performance class. The class consisted of four performing students at a second-year undergraduate level, and violinist Levon Chilingirian giving feedback. It was subsequently quite an intimate setting for a class and allowed for a really engaging session. Levon teaches at the Academy, but not these particular violin students, […]

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On Tuesday the 12th, both the instrumentalist and the singers attended a workshop on practice with Jo Hensel at Guildhall. She opened the class by inviting us to partner up with someone we know the least and talk, uninterrupted, about our relationship with practice. While one person talked, the other had to practice active listening. After a short discussion of […]

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The vocalists were very lucky to take part in a masterclass at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama ran by Assistant Head of Voice Samantha Malk. We were each able to demonstrate some of our repertoire, and partake in workshopping around activating our bodies and the physicality of our music. It was an excellent opportunity to see how vocal […]

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