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Joe Townsend at Trinity Laban

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 […]

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Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre

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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London Coliseum Tour

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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Royal Academy of Music Masterclass with Violinist Levon Chilingirian

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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Masterclass at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama

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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Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral

Today the group attended Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral, joining the community of local parishioners and visitors both local and international. The service was rich in stunning choral music and it was a truly spiritual experience for all of us that attended. It was agreed by a few in the tour group that it was quite difficult to hear the […]

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Jazz Camp

In January the Elder Conservatorium’s Jazz Department combined with JazzSA to hold a Jazz ‘Camp’. The camp was attended by 43 enthusiastic students aged from 12 to 53, with the average student in Year 11. The staff, led by camp director and current Head of Jazz Mark Ferguson, were all former jazz students (many are current casual staff) except for […]

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Bachelor of Music Theatre commences soon!

The very first cohort of new Music Theatre students will soon descend on the Elder Conservatorium. Within weeks, the place will be buzzing with the sounds of acting, music and dance classes. The response to the first audition round was outstanding and the fortunate students selected hail from all over Australia, with international students from the USA, Singapore and China. […]

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Cultural tour of the British Library with Steve Cork

Before commencing our the cultural tour with Steve, many of us visited the Sir John Ritblat Gallery – Treasures of the British Library. This was an incredible experience, as we were able to see original manuscript, written by the likes of Mozart, Debussy, Handel, Bach and Beethoven. It was humbling to view the creative processes of artists, in their original […]

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London Philharmonic Choir Rehearsal

On the 11th of February, the vocal students of the elder Conservatorium met at Hinde church. We arrived to the London Philharmonic Choir’s rehearsal at 6:30. We were there to watch their first rehearsal of Haydn’s ‘The Seasons’. The rehearsal was really great. They went through small bits at a time sight singing. This conductor used lots of technical language […]

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