2018 Summer School

Australasian Summer School 2018

January 9 to 16

‘Singing in the City of Sails’

Auckland, New Zealand

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Director: Andrew Lumsden

Organist & Master of the Choristers, Winchester Cathedral, UK.


A message from Neil Shroff, Chair of RSCMNZ Auckland

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I do hope the programme outline sounds interesting to you. There is some emphasis on the great composer Ralph Vaughan Williams as we enter the 60th anniversary of his death and much of the music we will sing will be his and some of his contemporaries. We will also have a NZ composer at hand to present us with some of his music.

Andrew Lumsden, of Winchester Cathedral, is our director. He is a fine musician who runs a most amazing choral programme at Winchester. His very relaxed manner with his superb musicianship will be appreciated by all. He will also be giving an organ recital on the brand new, superb Nicholson organ in Holy Trinity Cathedral as part of our programme.

Above all we want the event to be a happy, worthwhile but relaxed meeting of those who love their church choral music. Please send a link to all this information to as many people you know who may be interested in attending.

I look forward to welcoming you to our Summer School and do not hesitate to contact me should you want more information.

Neil Shroff

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Special features of the programme will include…

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  • the magnificent new cathedral organ
  • the restored St Mary’s organ (by an Australian builder)
  • an all day trip to beautiful Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf
  • Remembering Vaughan Williams (60th anniversary of his death)
  • Vaughan Williams contemporaries
  • Lectures on Vaughan Williams – his life – and the carol
  • Music by New Zealand composer in residence
  • How to get the best out of your choir
  • How to care for your voice
  • How to work with children’s voices
  • How to make the best of your resources
  • What makes a good hymn?
  • Organ/Harpsichord tuition
  • VFL coaching and examination
  • Two major services
  • Major public concert
  • Visits to two historic Auckland Churches
  • Visit to the Maritime Museum including harbour trip
  • Informal concerts and forums
  • Bar and recreation facilities



The Summer School will be based at Dilworth School, Epsom and at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell. [spacer height=”10″]
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[hr toptext=”” size=”tiny”]For any enquiries about the Summer School, or for further information beyond that provided below, please do not hesitate to contact…

Neil Shroff nesushroff@xtra.co.nz or phone 0064 9 575 8874

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Participants should make their own arrangements for their accommodation.  There are motels directly across the road from Dilworth School.  See list below. Please mention you are taking part in the conference at Dilworth School. It is your responsibility to arrange your accommodation. Do not delay in making your booking.

The following accommodation is directly opposite Dilworth School.

BEST WESTERN – Freephone 0508 899 699 www.aucklandmotels.net.nz email: info@abf.net.nz

ASCOT EPSOM – Freephone 0800 92 2002 www.ascotepsom.co.nz email: info@ascotepsom.co.nz

OAK TREE – Freephone 0800 625 8733 www.oaktree.co.nz email: contact@oaktree.co.nz

TUDOR COURT – Freephone 0800 826 878 www.tudor.co.nz

For participants with their own transport, just a few kilometers away is…

ALPERS LODGE – Freephone 0800 160 880 www.alperslodge.co.nz email: reservations@alperslodge.co.nz


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Australian participants only, will be met at the airport on arrival.

All participants during the week will have transport provided (if you are without a car) to the various venues. If you have a car, your assistance with this would be greatly appreciated.

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All meals and refreshments are included apart from breakfasts. A cash bar will operate each evening. EFTPOS facility will be available.

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Casual throughout the day. Bring something smart for the Concert and Gala Dinner on the last evening. You are encouraged to bring robes, gowns, academic wear for the two church services on the Sunday. A limited number of choir robes will be available to borrow.


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These trips must be booked in advance, on your registration form. These two trips are on <strong>different days</strong> to enable participation in both if desired. The Waiheke trip is an all day one leaving at 10.00am and returning by 5.15pm. The Museum visit includes a sail on the harbour in an old scow.


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Advanced and experienced singers are invited to audition for this choir (‘Double Eight’) which will sing more challenging music. This group will still participate and sing with the main group.

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Those registering for organ/harpsichord/VFL will meet with their tutors at the start of the programme and arrange tuition times.

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Registrations received by 31 October 2017 – $NZ 660.00 per person
Registrations received after 1 November 2017 – $NZ 760.00 per person
* Waiheke Day Excursion – $NZ 55.00 per person
* Maritime Museum Visit (with harbor cruise) – $NZ 50.00 per person

* These are on different days

REGISTRATION CLOSES 1 December Payment of all fees MUST be made at the time of registration to…

Royal School of Church Music (Auckland Branch)   Direct credit to ASB  12-3053-0554377-00 Please ensure your surname is included in this transaction.

Attendees outside of New Zealand click here for payment information.

If paying by cheque, make payable to RSCM (Auckland Branch) and post to 25 Vista Crescent, Glendowie, Auckland 1071

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Cancellation prior to 25th November = Refund minus $100
Cancellation up to 20th December = Refund minus 50%
Cancellation after 20th December = No refund (can be transferred to another person)

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Online Application for the 2018 Summer School

To apply online, just complete the form below and click the submit application button. You then will need to pay the fee by direct banking.
Attendees outside of New Zealand click here for payment information.

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