Dec 2018

Christmas Boot Camp – Dec 2018

Sunday Dec 2nd - Thursday Dec 6th

After the huge success of our 2017 Christmas Boot Camp, we’ve decided to do it all again!

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 December 2nd, 3rd and 4th in Christ Church, Claremont. A rehearsal schedule can be found below.

Led by the Director of PCI, Hugh Lydon, the singers will revise many of the carols sung in 2017, but also 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! This year we intend on adding an Australian flavour too.

At the culmination of these rehearsals, two short performances of the carols learned will feature as part of Claremont Christmas Activation. These will all take place on the evening of Thursday 6th 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. We look forward to seeing some familiar faces, as well as many new ones.

Join PCI as we spread the joy of Christmas!


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Date Venue Event
Sun Dec 2nd
12:30 – 2:30 PM
Christ Church,
Welcome from Hugh Lydon followed by rehearsal
Mon Dec 3rd
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Christ Church,
Rehearsal with Hugh Lydon
Tues Dec 4th
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Christ Church,
Rehearsal with Hugh Lydon
Thurs Dec 6th
from 6:00pm
Bay View Tce,
Christmas Market – two performances – 30 minutes of carols


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 was an active member of the Music Department until the end of 2018. 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 has sat 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 was Musical Director for two and a half years.

Hugh took over the roles of General Manager and Artistic Director for The Giovanni Consort in January 2017. His intention is to develop them into Australia’s first fully professional sixteen-piece choir.

In February 2019, Hugh began employment at Aquinas College, directing the inaugural College Schola. The fourteen choristers of the choir each receive eight and a half hours of music education every week, and sing the weekly Saturday Vigil Mass at St Patrick’s Basilica throughout the academic year.