Assembled from across Australia and New Zealand, the celebration will draw many from outside the Southern Hemisphere. Led by Dr David Hill, the ensemble-in-residence includes Professor Noel Tredinnick, John Rutter, Anne Marsden Thomas and Thomas Ospital along with the National Youth Choir of Australia (NYCA).
They join the choirs of St Andrew’s Cathedral, St Mary’s Cathedral, Living Word Gospel Singers, the newly-formed Gospel Orchestra of Sydney, and the Festival Children’s Choir and several hundred singers – it certainly promises to be a week to remember!
Dr David Hill MBE is a choral conductor and organist. Since July 2013, he has held an appointment to the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and is the Director of Yale University’s Schola Cantorum.
His highest-profile roles are as Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers since September 2007 and Musical Director of London’s the Bach Choir since April 1998.
Dr Noël Tredinnick is a British composer, organist, orchestrator and conductor. He is notable for his many contributions to several hymnals, his regular appearances on the BBC’s Songs of Praise, and as the founder and conductor of the All Souls Orchestra which performs annually at the Royal Albert Hall and throughout the UK under the banner of Prom Praise and Prom Praise for Schools.
Dr Tredinnick’s organ works have been played by several respected performers. He is currently Director of Music at All Souls, Langham Place, and a Professor of conducting, orchestration and academic studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
John Rutter is an internationally-renowned carol composer, conductor and editor.
Rutter is known in the music community as ‘Mr Carols’, having written an enormous amount of Christmas carols over more than forty years. He has also edited multiple editions of the authoritative source for Christmas music across British churches, Carols for Choirs, with Sir David Willcocks, the famed Director of Music of King’s College Cambridge.
Mr Rutter is among the most successful and well-known musicians in the world, last month being voted the 68th best-ever composer in the world, by over 127,000 ABC Classic FM listeners.
Classic FM wrote that, “John Rutter is one of the most successful of all living composers. His rare melodic gift and captivating harmonic flair have combined in a series of unforgettable choral gems that have touched the hearts of millions around the globe.”
He is also the genius behind the world’s most famous and definitive musical source for Christmas: Carols for Choirs, with his close friend Sir David Wilcocks, the famed Director of Music of King’s College Cambridge.
Thomas Ospital is a young artist who has quickly earned a place amongst the world’s finest concert organists.
He is currently the Titulaire of the grand organ at Saint-Eustache Church in Paris, Organist in Residence at Maison de la Radio (Radio France Concert Hall) and recently appointed Harmony Tutor at the Paris Conservatoire.
Anne Marsden Thomas MBE is an organ teacher, organist and author living in the UK.
She is Head and Senior Teacher at the Royal College of Organists Academy Organ School. She teaches organ at the Royal Academy of Music. She is Director of Music at St Giles-without-Cripplegate in the City of London.
Dr Barry Rose is a choir trainer and organist. He is best known for founding the choir and the pattern of daily sung worship at the new Guildford Cathedral.
He directed the music at the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales formerly Lady Diana Frances Spencer, at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
In addition to our overseas guests, amongst others, we are privileged to have Australia’s finest talent to assist with our Organ Academy, including: