Lyrics I 12th April Lyrics II 26th April
Music I 14th June Music II 21st June
St Luke’s is delighted to offer the opportunity to add some truly local and heartfelt songs to the great song tradition represented in your hymnbook. There’s a treasure-house of experience inside you waiting for you to give it expression.
Let your inner songwriter come out to play in this series of inspiring weekend workshops.
This series of workshops is designed to allow ordinary people to create new hymns and religious songs that give voice to local experience and imagery. There are no prerequisites – you don’t need to read music or play an instrument. You will work in a friendly, creative group atmosphere, and the sessions are scheduled to allow you plenty of dreaming and revising time between workshops.
In the lyrics workshops, gain insight from the experience of master poet and storyteller Felix Nobis. Through practical exercises, you will learn how to write lyrics and structure your song and how to brainstorm ideas focusing on your own interests and experience.
In the music workshops, working with a team of three composers allows you to develop your song in the way best for you. If you have some musical skills, you may choose to be guided through creating original musical material in your own style. Or you may ask the composers to develop a musical setting for your song, working in partnership with you to find the musical style that is right for your lyrics.
When: Sundays 4-6pm
Lyrics I 12th April
Lyrics II 26th April
Music I 14th June
Music II 21st June
Cost: the workshop is a service of St Luke’s music program to the community and is made possible by the generosity of the workshop
leaders. Contributions to covering the costs are welcome. If you are able to contribute, we suggest $40 for the series.
Where: St Luke’s Uniting Church, 94 Essex Rd, Mt Waverley
Register using the simple form below by 5th April with your name and contact details. We will send introductory material to you before the workshops.
If you have questions about the workshops, please contact: Katrina Dowling
About the workshop leaders:
Felix Nobis is two-times winner of the Australian Poetry Cup, and was awarded
“Best Feature” in the 2008 Overload Poetry Festival. He has written a number of
poetic monologues, including Under an Open Minded Sky in collaboration with
musician Roger Alsop as Poet in Residence for Hawthorn City Council, and
Once Upon a Barstool which toured Ireland and enjoyed seasons at La Mama in
Melbourne and across regional Victoria. In 2000, Felix produced a poetic
translation of the Anglo-Saxon Beowulf (published by Bradshaw Books) which
he toured as a one-person-show through Europe, America and Australia, twice
selling out at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2007 the translation was adapted
to radio and broadcast on the ABC Radio National Poetica program with original
music by Bart Walus. Felix’s play in verse Boy Out of the Country enjoyed a
successful season at Melbourne venue fortyfivedownstairs and will tour Regional
Victoria in 2016.
Paola del Rio is an experienced songwriter-musician and founder of the group
pOrtal windOw, which has released two EPs – Curious (2004) and Autumn Calls
(2008) – and the LP A World For You (2010). Paola’s unique musical style is
informed by her time at Melbourne’s Rock n Roll High School and draws on her
South American background as well as a huge variety of eclectic influences.
Classically-trained pianist, composer and architect Clare Chadderton is also a
member of pOrtal windOw. Her musical experience bridges influences from the
classical and romantic repertoire to avant garde, rock and jazz styles, and she
brings a sensitive and creative approach to the interpretation of traditional hymns
in her playing at St Luke’s.
Katrina Dowling also plays at St Luke’s, as well as teaching and researching at
the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University. She has
collaborated with a number of Australian composers to debut new music for
recorders, and some of her own compositions have been published at the
Australian Music Centre, released on CDs and broadcast on national radio. Her
music draws on her training in medieval, renaissance and baroque performance,
in combination with both neoclassicism and the exciting sound world of
About St Luke’s:
As an urban congregation with a spectrum of theological thought, St Luke’s is
always looking for ways to engage with Christian faith and the community. This
workshop series is an expression of hospitality as well as an embrace of our local
setting, in which we see and experience God’s presence.