NATIONAL BOYS CHOIR

NATIONAL BOYS CHOIR

Information current as at JUNE 2020

 

CONTACT DETAILS

Andrew Bainbridge, Co-Artistic and Administrative Director, (03) 9872 4480 (BH)

Choir's Email Address: office@nationalboyschoir.com.au

Choir's Website: www.nationalboyschoir.com.au

 

DETAILS ABOUT THE CHOIR

Vision statement / Artistic goals: Committed to choral excellence, love of singing, life skills and leadership development

Voice type: All Male Singers - vocal production is based on the traditional European bel canto style

Choir performs: Both unaccompanied & accompanied

Year Choir formed: 1964

No. of Singing Members - Currently: 180 Desired:

Musical Repertoire: Wide variety from a capella to major works with Melbourne Symphony, also commissioned works and fully staged children's operas, musical comedy, art songs, folk songs

Musical Directors: Andrew Bainbridge and Philip Carmody

No. of years in current post: since 2019 and 1997 respectively

Previous musical experience:

Andrew Bainbridge - Andrew began his musical training as a boy chorister at St Paul's Cathedral (Melbourne) at the age of 7, and became a student at Trinity Grammar School (Kew) the following year; he began piano lessons, and later studied the organ under Dr June Nixon and John O’Donnell; his piano teachers included Margaret Schofield and Mack Jost; at Melbourne University he studied piano, organ, composition and voice; Andrew worked as a freelance soloist, teacher and keyboard player for several years, including 3 years as principal guest organist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; he held the positions of Organist and Choirmaster at St John’s Church (Toorak) and Camberwell Presbyterian Church, and in 1994 was appointed Choral Director and Head of Keyboard at Scotch College in Hawthorn, and Acting Musical Director of The Tudor Choristers; in 2005 Andrew moved to Hobart where he worked as a teacher at several schools, and for several years was Organist and Director of Music at each of the Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedrals, Assistant Chorusmaster of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Chorus for nearly 10 years, repetiteur for 5 years, and an occasional keyboard and continuo player. He was accompanist and, briefly, Musical Director of the former Australian Rosny Children's Choir, and Accompanist and Assistant Director of the UTAS Conservatorium Vocal Ensemble; for 10 years he was Musical Director of the Tasmanian Youth Choirs, and founding Musical Director of Tasmania's leading chamber choir, Allegri Ensemble from 2013; he also performed on several occasions as a continuo player with Van Diemen's Band, Tasmania's world-renowned Baroque chamber orchestra; Andrew is a Director of both the Organ Historical Trust of Australia (OHTA) and the Australian and New Zealand College of Organists (ANZCO); he returned to Melbourne in April 2019 to become Co-Artistic and Administrative Director of the National Boys’ Choir of Australia

Philip Carmody - is Director of Music at Melbourne Grammar School where he directs the Chapel Choir whose repertoire is drawn principally from the cathedral tradition; Philip has also directed the NBC on the soundtracks of Showtime's television adaptation of Tim Winton's Cloudstreet and Chris Lilley's Angry Boys and Ja'mie Private School Girl; Philip has twice been awarded the Music Theatre Guild's Musical Director of the Year - firstly for Whitehorse Music Theatre's Man of La Mancha in 1998, and CLOC's A Little Night Music in 2000; in 1999 he was Musical Director for Whitehorse's The Secret Garden, in 2004 Lés Miserables and in 2007 their season of Disney's Beauty and the Beast; Philip composed the score to the pantomime Aladdin, commissioned by The Catchment Players, which has been performed professionally; in 2010 Philip was guest conductor of the Melbourne Chamber Choir in a program of sacred a cappella works and the Duruflé Requiem; for a number of years he has been a guest presenter/conducting tutor at the ACCET (Australian Choral Conductors Education and Training) Summer School and is in frequent demand for workshops and adjudication; Philip is on the staff of organists at St Francis' Lonsdale Street

Choir's past collaborations with other musical groups: Major works with Melbourne Symphony and Melbourne Chorale

 

JOINING REQUIREMENTS

Audition: Yes - generally at the age of 7 or 8, and possessing a good musical ear

Minimum Attendance policy - Rehearsals: Yes Concerts: Yes

Membership Fees: Training Choirs $1,091 p.a.; Performing Choir $1,613 p.a.

Ability to read music: Desirable

Sight-reading ability: Desirable

 

REHEARSAL ARRANGEMENTS

Av. No. of rehearsals/week: 2

Usual rehearsal night(s): Wednesday - Training Choirs; Friday and Monday Performing Choir

Suburb: Ringwood

Rehearsal venue: own venue

Off-street parking: Yes

 

PERFORMANCES

Performance Apparel: Formal uniform, formal robe, Black and White formal, Rehearsal uniform

Av. No. of Concert Programs/year: 2

Av. No. of Performances/year: 20

Sample of the Choir's past Concert Venues: Melbourne Concert Hall, Robert Blackwood Hall

Examples of musical pieces performed: Gloria (Vivaldi) (with SATB men), works by Bach, Perosi, Mendelssohn, Mulholland, Stephen Leek

Touring: Yes - Regional Victoria/Interstate/Overseas

 

CHOIR'S ADMINISTRATION

Administration / Governance arrangements for the Choir: Incorporated Association administered by a Board, Office Manager

Types of Committees: Fundraising, Library, Wardrobe, Transport, Staffing Assistance

 

MUSIC LIBRARY

Own collection of music scores: Yes

Available for hire to other groups: Yes

Hiring fees apply: Yes

 

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