An Australasian International Festival of Church Music
KidsinSpires is a course for boys and girls aged 8-14, and is a stream within RSCM’s SydneyinSpires conference, which features the National Youth Choir of Australia. It is a course for all children; you don’t have to be a part of a church choir, just have an interest in music!
The course will be based at Golden Grove Newtown, a real treasure in the heart of Sydney. Rooms are shared between 2-4 children, and all meals will be provided. A team of seven male and female leaders will be supervising the children throughout the week. All leaders have experience working with children, and most of them are teachers. All transport throughout the course is provided for. The children will also learn about the origins of church music and its practice, past and present.
This course is a once in a lifetime opportunity to sing with the world’s greatest choral musicians. The children will be mainly working with Barry Rose (former Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral London, who conducted the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer), as well as Thomas Wilson (Director of Music at St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney).
In addition, they will be singing a service of Lessons & Carols with Stephen Cleobury (Director of Music at King’s College Cambridge), Bach’s immortal St Matthew Passion in Sydney Town Hall with David Hill (Music Director of the London Bach Choir, and former Director of Music at St John’s College Cambridge and the BBC Singers), as well as Prom Praise with Dr Noël Tredinnick.
In addition, all children on the course will receive individual voice lessons from internationally renowned vocal coach Dr. Ron Morris, as well as general music training. It is such a unique opportunity for children to be surrounded by the world’s greatest musicians as well as like-minded friends who have a similar passion for singing!
There will also be a range of fun activities throughout the week – ranging from movie and popcorn night, bubble soccer to rockclimbing.
There are substantial scholarships available to children wishing to partake in the course.