St George's College is proud to support young and emerging artists in Western Australia.

Established in 2016, the Young and Emerging Artists Initiative was founded to provide gifted musicians access to opportunities for the development of higher level chamber music skills, prior to and beyond university.

All ensembles rehearse at least once per week within the College and receive mentoring from Emeritus Professor Paul Wright and visiting artists. The ensembles also perform in the College’s concert series and throughout Perth.

The program has three 3 groups: two post-tertiary ensembles, including a chamber orchestra and an early music ensemble, and a string quartet for highly gifted secondary school students.

 

The Chapel Choir

The St George's College Chapel Choir was formed in 2018 to play a central role in the cultural and musical life of the College. In the model of the great Oxbridge choirs, the choir perform regular services in the College Chapel, as well as concerts and special events throughout the year. The choir is conducted by the College's Director of Music, Christophe Karas, recently returned from studies and an appointment in Cambridge, UK, and receive mentor-ship from Assistant Choir Director and vocal coach Brianna Louwen.

 

Interested in joining the choir? We warmly welcome expressions of interest year-round from matriculating and tertiary students of all walks. If you think you have what it takes to perform at a high level, and want to experience the splendour of liturgical music making in a wonderful team, please contact us at music@stgc.uwa.edu.au

 

The Consort

The St George's College Chapel Consort was founded in February 2018 by Director of Music Christophe Karas. Made up of exceptional music scholarship students, the Consort maintain a rigorous performance schedule of regular services, College events, and public outings year-round. Central to the College's culture is a weekly service of Compline performed by the Consort exclusively for College residents - a beautiful late-night candlelit service where our begowned students enjoy respite from their daily studies.  The Consort receive mentorship from specialist Brianna Louwen, who recently returned to Perth from York, UK, where she was awarded her Masters Degree, specialising in ensemble singing and having trained and performed with the famous I Fagiolini ensemble and their Director Robert Hollingworth.

 

The Girls Choir

The Girls Choir of St George's College were formed in 2018 by Director of Music Christophe Karas, and receive mentor-ship from Assistant Director and vocal coach Brianna Louwen. The choir was formed to afford young girls the same opportunity given to many boys in the cathedral choir system - rehearsing and performing liturgical music to a high standard in the beautiful College Chapel. The Girls Choir is open to girls aged eight to seventeen, and expressions of interest are welcomed by our Director at any time, to music@stgc.uwa.edu.au.

 

The Chamber Orchestra

The Chamber Orchestra of St George's College focuses on developing and extending ensemble skills beyond university studies for recent graduates and young professionals. This is done under the guidance of eminent violinist Emeritus Professor Paul Wright, the ensemble tutor, one of Australia's leading chamber musicians.

Equal to developing a high quality chamber orchestra, emphasis is placed on the development of the individual. Positions within the chamber orchestra will change between concerts and opportunities for solos and concerti will be available where participants have demonstrated a significant commitment to development. The ensemble also provides opportunities for players to prepare and perform smaller chamber music works.

As well as performing in the College's regular Concert Series, The Chamber Orchestra has performed numerous times at Government House Ballroom, as well as tours to Chittering and Dunsborough.

 

 

The Early Music Ensemble

The Early Music Ensemble at St George’s is formed by gifted tertiary and post-tertiary artists with a keen interest in early music. Launched in July 2016, the Ensemble receives regular tuition from Early Music specialists Paul Wright, Kate Walpole, and Shaun Lee-Chen. Their repertoire covers a range of seventeenth and eighteenth century works, including those by Vivaldi, Couperin, Bach, Uccellini and Matteis.

Members of the ensemble have travelled to Europe in the past two years to participate in workshops and masterclasses. In 2017, the ensemble was invited to the Government House Ballroom to perform at a special birthday celebration in honour of the 91st Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The ensemble focuses on traditional performance practice and perform on Baroque instruments with gut strings.

 

The String Quartet

The String Quartet of St George’s College is comprised of four prodigious young musicians, three of whom are studying for their Bachelor of Music Degrees and one who is completing his year 12 studies . They receive regular tuition from Emeritus Professor Paul Wright and also have opportunities to be tutored by local and visiting artists.

The String Quartet has performed in a masterclasses with the Ensō String Quartet and the Australian String Quartet. It has also performed as the interval artists at the Ensō String Quartet concert at the Perth Concert Hall and is regularly invited back to perform at the 'Rising Stars' concert in the Government House Ballroom. In 2016, it won the Royal Schools of Music Ensemble Competition present by the Royal Over-Seas League and recently took out first place at the 2017 Fremantle Eisteddfod in the Open String Ensemble Section.

The members of the string quartet are not only talented chamber musicians - they are also accomplished solo and orchestral performers.