Dec 2017

Christmas Boot Camp – Dec 2017

Monday Dec 4th - Saturday Dec 9th

Everyone loves to sing Christmas Carols, but they are even more fun when you add harmony! Join the Perth Choral Institute and learn how to be a member of a traditional Christmas Choir. No previous choral experience is required; you just need your voice and a sense of fun!

The choir will rehearse on the evenings of Monday 4th, Wednesday 6th and Friday 8th of December in Christ Church, Claremont. Led by the Director of PCI, Hugh Lydon, they will learn an array of carols sung at Christmastime. Some of these may be in different languages, and additional harmonies known as descants can be added to the last verse for the brave!

At the culmination of these rehearsals, three short performances of the carols learned will feature as part of both the Christ Church Claremont Christmas Markets and the Claremont Town Centre Christmas Activation. These will all take place on the morning of Saturday 9th December.

This is an opportunity for singers to try something different, while having fun and making new friends at the same time. It is not a necessity that singers can read music – everybody is welcome to participate. Join PCI as we spread the joy of Christmas!

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Timetable

Date Venue Event
Mon Dec 4th
7:00 – 9:30 PM
Christ Church,
Claremont
Welcome from Hugh Lydon followed by rehearsal
Wed Dec 6th
7:00 – 9:30 PM
Christ Church,
Claremont
Rehearsal with Hugh Lydon
Fri Dec 8th
7:00 – 9:30 PM
Christ Church,
Claremont
Rehearsal with Hugh Lydon
Sat Dec 9th
9:30- 10:00 AM
Christ Church,
Claremont
Christmas Market – 30 minutes of carols
Sat Dec 9th
Late Morning
Town Centre,
Claremont
Town of Claremont’s Christmas Activation – 2 performances of carols

Apply

To apply simply fill in the form below. The cost to participate is $100.

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Hugh Lydon, Conductor

Hugh Lydon began his musical development in 1992 as a chorister at Westminster Cathedral. Under the tutelage of James O’Donnell, Hugh began familiarising himself with the various pillars of sacred choral music, developing a particular love of Gregorian Chant and the music of the Renaissance period.

Throughout the five years he spent at the Cathedral, Hugh was fortunate to sing, record and tour with a variety of prominent choirs, composers and orchestras throughout the world. He appeared on television numerous times, and performed at venues as diverse as the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Wigmore Hall, and the Royal Festival Hall.

In Hugh’s final year at Westminster Cathedral, the choir received the Gramophone Awards for both ‘Best Choral Recording of the Year’ and ‘Record of the Year’ for the performance of Martin’s Mass for Double Choir and Pizzetti’s Requiem, the only time a cathedral choir has won either of these categories.

Hugh was a music scholar at Ampleforth College in Yorkshire from 1997-2002 & was a member of the Schola Cantorum; a choir established by Cardinal Basil Hume and David Bowman to perform and promote Sacred Choral Music. Such experts as Simon Wright, Ian Little and Richard Hill also helped to develop his music education.

After finishing his schooling, Hugh studied Music Education at Trinity College Dublin for four years. Whilst there he started to conduct, although mainly orchestral opportunities presented themselves at this time. Hugh did continue to sing in many highly accomplished choirs, including the Rodolfus Choir and the New Dublin Voices, and continued to record and tour around the U.K.

After spending a number of years working in London, Hugh arrived in Perth in September 2010 to work at John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School, where he continues to be an active member of the Music Department. Hugh has immersed himself in the Music Education world of WA; he has been a vocal and trombone examiner for WACE practical exams, taught a Jazz Broadening Unit at UWA, written education packages for WAYJO and currently sits on the committee for the WA Schools Jazz Festival.

Hugh has also been able to continue his involvement in choral music, both as a singer and as conductor. He has performed in or alongside I Fagiolini, St George’s Cathedral Choir and Consort, The Rolling Stones, The Giovanni Consort, Schola Aedis Christi and The Winthrop Singers, and invitations have arisen to conduct several of Perth’s major choirs, including The Giovanni Consort, St George’s Cathedral Choir and Consort, St Mary’s South Perth and Schola Aedis Christi of Christ Church Claremont, where he is now Musical Director.