8 June 2013 - 8:30am - 9 June 2013 - 9:00pm
$140 adult

Hastings Choristers invite choral singers to beautiful Port Macquarie for this very special weekend.

“From scratch” singing weekends are becoming increasingly popular and offer the chance to sing stunning music, without an audition but in the company of like-minded, enthusiastic singers.  For the first time a ‘From Scratch’ weekend will be taking place at the beautiful Glasshouse in Port Macquarie on 8 - 9 June 2013, giving singers the opportunity to share in such an experience.

The work to be learnt and performed isThe Armed Man-- "A Mass for Peace" by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins- the most performed living composer in the world today – and the weekend with  be led by renowned conductor Paul Holley.

Register by completing and posting, emailing or faxing the attached form to the Glasshouse Box Office. Your registration fee includes your musical score, workshops, concert performance and morning and afternoon teas. Your score will be posted to you following the receipt of your payment.

Registrations close Monday 27 May 2013 or when maximum number of participants is reached. Numbers are strictly limited so register early!


Cost: $140 adult, $90 Senior School Student


Essentially an anti-war piece and dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo crisis, Karl Jenkins’ much loved work “The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace” charts the growing menace of a descent into war, interspersed with moments of reflection. It illustrates the horrors that war brings, yet ends with the hope for peace in a new millennium when "sorrow, pain and death can be overcome”.

This performance by a massed choir of over 100 voices under the baton of renowned conductor Paul Holley, will represent the highlight of two days of singing and musical camaraderie.  The ‘From Scratch’ weekend brings together enthusiastic and dedicated singers from right across NSW to learn and perform this mesmirising work with orchestral accompaniment– all in just two days.  Don’t miss your chance to be part of this extraordinary experience.


Book The Armed Man tickets for family & friends here.

Saturday 8 June

8.30am ‐9.00am: Registration
9.00am ‐ 10.30am: Combined introductory rehearsal for all singers
10.30am ‐ 11.00am: Morning tea (provided)
11.00am ‐ 12.30pm: Sectional workshops
12.30pm ‐ 2.00pm: Break for lunch
2.00pm ‐ 3.30pm: Sectional workshops
3.30pm ‐ 4.00pm: Afternoon tea (provided)
4.00pm ‐ 5.30pm: Combined choral rehearsal

Sunday 9 June
8.45am ‐ 10.30am: Combined choral rehearsal with orchestra
10.30am ‐ 11.00am: Morning tea (provided)
11.00am ‐ 12.30pm: Combined rehearsal
12.30pm ‐ 1.30pm: Break for lunch
1.30pm ‐ 3.00pm: Combined rehearsal
3.30pm ‐ 5.00pm: Technical concert run‐through
7.00pm ‐ 9.00pm: The Armed Man public concert

About Paul Holley
Paul Holley is a choral conductor, educator and motivator. His personal warmth and passion for choral music have inspired many singers to discover and develop their skills and achieve personal fulfilment as choral musicians. Presently Paul is the Associate Director of Voices of Birralee and conducts the Birralee Blokes and Resonance of Birralee. Both of these ensembles have toured nationally and internationally, representing Australia at festivals and competitions. Paul is also a choral director and teacher at Brisbane Girls Grammar School and Principal Guest Conductor of Gondwana Chorale.
Paul is dedicated to excellence in choral education and regularly features as guest conductor and clinician at festivals, conferences and music competitions throughout Australia. In 2010, Paul was a guest conductor at ANCA’s Choralfest.

The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace
This choral work, commissioned by the Royal Armouries in 1999 for the millennium and premiered at the Royal Albert Hall in London, has had over 700 performances in 20 countries. It is a powerful and compelling account of the descent into war and its terrible consequences. Dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo conflict, the work is a contemporary example of a mass based on the 15th century French song L'homme armé. Set within the framework of the Latin mass, The Armed Man uses both sacred and secular texts. Composer Karl Jenkins holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Wales, and is both a fellow and an associate of the Royal Academy of Music. Classic FM (UK) presented him with an award for outstanding service to classical music in 2008 and listed The Armed Man as No. 1 in their “Top 10 by living composers”.