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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 choir during some parts of the service, however, the difficulty of a space such as St. Paul’s Cathedral was handled well by such a fantastic ensemble. The entire group enjoyed the experience very much!

 

Written by Lucy Stoddart

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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 our new staff member, Cuban-born and trained jazz trumpet teacher Lazaro Numa. This year we also included recent students in our staff, Ben Finnis and Jordan Noble, both of whom attended JazzSA’s first jazz camp in 2013.

Each day the students participated in two small ensemble sessions, instrument specific masterclasses and improvisation classes. They also attended lunchtime staff concerts and were engaged in a vocal workshop and a guided listening class. The camp culminated in a wonderful concert in a packed Madley Rehearsal Space where all seven student ensembles and the combined choir performed two tunes to an audience of family and friends.

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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. During the last few weeks, the students have already connected and created a network offering help, suggestions and advice to each other as they all make the transition into this demanding degree. You will have the opportunity to catch these students in performances throughout the year. Keep a look out for their work. If nothing else, the Music Theatre students will not be a quiet bunch. We plan to make some noise!

 

Written by George Torbay

 

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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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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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On the evening of Tuesday the 12th of February the combined tour group attended the London Coliseum for the English National Opera’s performance of Puccini’s La Boheme. La Bohème tells the story of Rodolfo and his love for Mimi, a young seamstress whom he meets that Christmas Eve night. Over the course of a couple of hours, Puccini treats us […]

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This evening the singers attended the final choir rehearsal of the Dream of Gerontious conducted by David Temple. This rehearsal was to properly finalise any last minute fixes needed to be done before the big show on Sunday night. All of the singers very much enjoyed hearing the crouch end festival chorus work on and showcase a sneak peek of […]

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Today we had the pleasure of attending the Royal College of Music’s, Club Prize Winner’s Recital. 2018 winner, Frances Gregory, is a mezzo-soprano and current student of the Royal Academy. Together with accompanist William Cole, Gregory took us on a journey taken of love and relationship, with works from Reynaldo Hahn, Carl Loewe and Gioachino Rossini, the latter being the […]

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This evening the singers attended the final choir rehearsal of the Dream of Gerontious conducted by David Temple. This rehearsal was to properly finalise any last minute fixes needed to be done before the big show on Sunday night. All of the singers very much enjoyed hearing the crouch end festival chorus work on and showcase a sneak peek of […]

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Saturday 9th of Feb – Wigmore Hall Tonight the Flute and Clarinet players were extremely fortunate to attend a concert at Wigmore Hall, featuring professional Clarinettist Michael Collins, and pianist Michael McHale. The concert consisted of 6 pieces, including Sonatas from Charles Villiers Stanford, Johannes Brahms, & Cesar Frank, and 3 shorter pieces from Carl Reinecke, Claude Debussy, and Abbie […]

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