Nov 2018

Cork and Choir – Nov 2018

Friday Nov 9th - Friday Nov 9th

Have you ever wanted to try singing in a choir, but never known where to start or what songs to sing?

Cork and Choir is the event for you!

Hosted by The Cork and Bottle in Bassendean, forty singers have the opportunity to learn with Perth Choral Institute director Hugh Lydon how to sing as a group. Using songs by Billy Joel and Ed Sheeran as the gateway to a new experience, everybody will have fun, make new friends and learn something different all in the space of one hour!

Starting at 6pm, participants will learn how to sing The Shape of You by Ed Sheeran, and It’s Still Rock n Roll to Me by Billy Joel. The group will be accompanied by keyboard and drums, played by WAAPA graduates. After a 45 minute session learning how to sing the songs, we will record them and post them onto Youtube!

NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED, but enthusiasm is welcome! For those who want to push themselves a little, harmonies can be added.

There are limited spaces on this Boot Camp due to the size of the pub. Don’t miss out; click here to enrol today!

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.