Summer School

Summer Choir School 2013

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RSCM NZ & RSCM Australia present an

International Summer School


6th – 13th January 2013

College House, University of Canterbury, Christchurch,
New Zealand

DirectorMatthew Owens, Organist and Master of the Choristers, Wells Cathedral

Assistant DirectorTimothy Noon
AccompanistJeremy Woodside
Voice TutorStephen Rowley

Tutors include: Dr Neil Mc Ewan, (Sydney), Dr Stephen Rowley (Wellington), Donita Reefman (Sydney) Dr Warren Bourne (Adelaide) Zoran Rakovic (Christchurch), Paul Ellis (Christchurch), Anita Banbury (Auckland)) and Timothy Noon (Auckland)[/innerTwoThirdsLast]

Message from Paul Ellis, President RSCM NZ:

[image position=”right” left_padding=”10″ right_padding=”0″ shadow=”10″ url=”” width=”150″ height=”187″/]“The Christchurch Summer School offers a wide range of opportunities for the church musician and aspiring church musician. Church music has the special privilege of being the faithful custodian to the music of the past as well as being the champion of quality music of the present. This Summer School is about renewal: not only the re-establishment of a devastated city but also the chance to give attendees the time to look objectively at repertoire and technical facility through whole course and workshop activities. There has been some concern expressed about attending the Summer School in a city that has endured recent significant seismological upheaval. While it is difficult to predict fire and hail, snow and vapours, storms, tempests and floods, we can assure visitors to Christchurch that no building is allowed to be occupied in the city unless it meets stringent earthquake codes. In January 2013 we look forward to a vibrant and positive week of musical growth, renewal and fellowship”


[image position=”left” left_padding=”0″ right_padding=”10″ shadow=”10″ url=”” width=”240″ height=”160″/]Matthew Owens is Organist & Master of the Choristers of Wells Cathedral, he is also tutor in organ studies at Wells Cathedral School (one of the five specialist music schools in the United Kingdom), & conductor of the Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society & The Exon Singers. Born in 1971, he studied at Chetham’s School of Music, The Queen’s College, Oxford, the Royal Northern College of Music & the Sweelinck Conservatorium, Amsterdam. From 1994 to 1999, he taught at the Royal Northern College of Music and Chetham’s & worked for BBC Religious Broadcasting. He was assistant conductor of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain from 1993 to 1999. He is increasingly in demand for choral workshops, masterclasses & adjudications in the United Kingdom & abroad, and has made over twenty CDs as a conductor or solo organist. He has championed new music, premiering many works by leading composers ranging from Jools Holland to James MacMillan, & Sir Peter Maxwell Davies to Arvo Pärt.

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[innerOneHalf]Summer School will include:

Workshops and Tutorials

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 Click here for a timetable of the confirmed Summer School workshops

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 Click here for the Summer School brochure

Click here to download a Registration Form

[innerOneHalfLast]The Summer School will also feature

  • a commissioned work

  • Gala concert

  • Auditioned Chamber Choir

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