Adelaide 2017

The RSCM Australia and NZ Summer School will be held in Adelaide in 2017
Wednesday 4th to Wednesday 11th January 2017

“Kindle the flame of Pentecost”

Director: Malcolm Archer (Winchester College, UK)
Accompanist: Andrew Georg (Christchurch, SA)

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Please be aware that registrations closed 15/12/2016.

Letter emailed to registrants 22/12/2016.

Click on this link for the workshop timetable ss17_workshop_timetable_for_web-18_10_16. Use this link for details about the workshops and biographies of the presenters –  ss17_workshop_details_and_bios_20_10_16.

Click on this link for the overall timetable ss17_timetable_12_10_2016.

Please use this link for a map of Aquinas College, worship and workshop locations.

11/1/2016 – This is a flyer flyer listing the public worship services and the organ recital to be given by Malcolm Archer:

Sunday 8 Jan @ 7.30pm: Wesley Uniting Church, Fullarton Road Kent Town
Monday 9 Jan @ 7.30pm: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Flinders St Adelaide
Tuesday 10 Jan @ 7.30pm: St Peter’s Cathedral, North Adelaide
Organ recital:  Sunday 8 Jan @ 3pm by Malcolm Archer (UK)  Wesley Uniting Church, Kent Town. Tickets $20 at door


From the Organising Committee

On behalf of RSCM Australia and RSCM New Zealand, we are delighted to invite you to attend the 62nd Summer School to be held in Australia. It will be conducted in the churches of Adelaide, with residential accommodation at Aquinas College, North Adelaide.

The Summer School is open to all church, community and school choristers, organists and other instrumentalists, choral conductors, singers, students and young people, and is especially designed for choristers of all ages and church affiliation.

Choral rehearsals, workshops, an organ recital and other events will be significant aspects of the program. Workshops for organists at all levels of experience will be part of the program, as will a special series of workshops for the RSCM vocal program Voice for Life, a carefully planned framework for singers to develop their vocal skills and music understanding. Please note that there will not be a specific youth program.

The Director for the Summer School will be Malcolm Archer, Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College in England.

First day – Wed 4/1/2017

Registration starts at 1 pm at Aquinas College at 1 Palmer Place, North Adelaide.
After registration, there will be afternoon tea where you will meet your fellow SS17ers.  This will be followed by a rehearsal for the opening worship service.  Dinner will follow the rehearsal and the opening service starts at 7.30 pm.

To assist with this, please obtain and learn the anthem, Thomas Attwood’s Come, Holy Ghost. Music is available in The Church Anthem Book. If you do not have this, you can obtain a free copy from Choral Public Domain Library via this link:,_Holy_Ghost_(Thomas Attwood), version CPDL #05172. You can also download a midi file to assist with learning, if you are unfamiliar with this piece. Click on the link to be taken straight to the score:

Travel Information

Aquinas College is the base for the Summer School for accommodation, meals, rehearsals and workshops. The address is: 1 Palmer Place, North Adelaide.
Link to for a street map of Aquinas College

The Summer School will end after breakfast on Wednesday 11January 2017.

Transport will be provided if other Summer School venues are not within walking distance.  There will be organized transport to Wesley Kent Town and Bethlehem Lutheran for our worship services.  For those workshops taking place at Pilgrim and Clayton Wesley, this will be done by car.

There is no car parking facilities at Aquinas College. There is limited on-street parking, but this is heavily used by city workers.

We have been able to obtain off-street daytime car parking for 20 cars for the duration of the summer school (4 – 11).  Cost is $20  – this is bookable when registering on-line.


There are four levels of accommodation are available at Aquinas College:

  • single rooms with air conditioning and en suite facilities.
  • single rooms with air conditioning and with shared bathrooms.
  • standard rooms with ceiling fans and shared bathrooms.
  • double rooms with air conditioning and shared bathrooms.

Most accommodation is ground floor.  Rooms on upper floors are accessible via lift.


Dress throughout the Summer school is neat casual. The use of choir robes for worship services is encouraged; alternatively you are asked to wear Pentecostal colours (any combination of red, white or black).

During January the mean daily temperature is 16 degrees minimum and 30 degrees maximum, but Adelaide can get much hotter.

Voice for Life

The Summer School 2017 offers you an unique opportunity to complete one of the achievement levels in the Voice for Life scheme. To take full advantage of the intensive rehearsals and training workshops at the Summer School, obtain advice about work levels appropriate for you to work towards by contacting:

  • Australia:
  • New Zealand:

Malcolm Archer, Director

Malcolm Archer has a distinguished and worldwide reputation as a choral and orchestral conductor, organ recitalist, teacher and as a composer and editor. He has worked at Norwich, Bristol and Wells Cathedrals, St Paul’s Cathedral and is currently Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College in England.

As a composer his music is widely performed and his compositions have gained a special place in the repertoire for their strength, liturgical aptness and accessibility. He is a fellow of the RSCM, awarded for his work as a composer of church music, as well as his leader-ship in cathedral music.

Malcolm Archer has appeared as an organist in Europe, New Zealand, the USA and Canada. In Adelaide he will be presenting an organ recital at Wesley Kent Town Uniting Church, choosing from a repertoire that encompasses Bach to Messiaen and beyond.

He will also bring his immense experience as a choral trainer to Adelaide in a series of workshops in choral conducting.

Further information can be downloaded via this link.

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