The 2013 New Zealand Singing School was held from Friday 4th January to Monday 14th January 2013 at EIT in Hawke's Bay. The School provides an intensive learning and performance experience under the teaching and guidance of around 30 experienced tutors and accompanists. For this School, an Advanced Classical Stream was selected, and this course was generously sponsored by the PSK Gregory Charitable Trust in association with the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation.
80 students attended, mostly from within New Zealand. 30 professional tutors and accompanists attend from New Zealand and overseas. Information about the faculty who taught and accompanied can be found in these bio notes.
School's Artistic Director and Faculty
The School's Director for 2013 was Judy Bellingham . The 2013 Faculty included new and old faces, and all had a lot to offer students of the 2013 School. The Trust also appointed trainee accompanists and tutors for the 2013 School. See here for details.
Black Barn Artist in Residence
This is a draft timetable from the 2013 School. It gives an idea of the programme for the School. Detailed individual timetables are developed for each student based on their course selection.
Student accommodation for the 2013 School was provided at the Napier Villas and cost $330.00 for 11 nights. The price will be reviewed in 2014 for the 2015 School.
The Napier Villas are a popular option for students and provide a very clean and safe environment for Singing School students. Places are limited, so booking should be made as soon as possible to secure a room.
The Napier Villas are located directly across the road from the EIT campus. A deposit of $50.00 is required at time of enrolment (the balance of accommodation costs should be paid directly to the Napier Villas upon check-in at the Villas) or full payment of $330 accepted at time of enrolment. Accommodation for additional nights is available on request to the Administrator email@example.com. Please see this brochure for more information about the Napier Villas.
The caterers at the EIT campus will provide a dinner on campus from Day 1 until Day 10. These are healthy selections that can cater for all dietry requirements, including vegetarian and gluten free. Have a look at the sample menus here and the cafe price list here.
Pre-ordered meal can be redeemed with chits purchased at a discounted rate at time of enrolment - meals ordered at the School will be $2.00 more each. A BBQ meal will be provided by the School free of charge on one night of the School.
There are two cafes on campus which provide a range of drinks, snacks and lunch items.
Enrolments prior to the start of the School are encouraged or you can enroll during the School onsite. Please download this observer enrolment form.
Cost for the 2013 School were $350 full-time, $45 for a half day and $60 for a full day. In-house and external concerts were at observer’s own cost.
School Concerts - The Festival of Song presented in association with the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation.
All students perform to the public during the course of the School. Rehearsed items reflecting the best performances of oratorio, classical song and musical theatre are presented to the public. Download the 2013 Festival of Song flyer.
These concerts include a mixture of informal “on campus” concerts featuring students’ own choice of items, plus formal concerts in venues off campus. The final concert, featuring soloists, ensembles and full chorus items from the opera and musical theatre repertoire, will be held at the Hawke’s Bay Opera House in Hastings.