Class No 2017 – fee $70 per day

SING OUT PLAY ON – intercultural singing & music making

Tutor: Julian Raphael


We have this wonderful opportunity to discover a wide range of music through song and rhythm as we interact with a variety of the world’s cultures through their music and dance. The programme will bring together elements from children’s songs and games, rituals and celebrations and songs of work and protest. Our voices and bodies will become the tools to help us discover how melody, harmony and rhythm combine to create not only different musical styles and genres, but also how music can become a powerful medium for expression and emotion.

You will be given the chance to explore a range of vocal techniques and to experiment with natural harmony and improvisation and there will an assortment of percussion instruments we can use to generate accompaniments. Over the course of the week we shall encounter music from South Africa, Zimbabwe and West Africa, South America, and the Pacific. Participants will be given resources that they can use in other contexts and situations.

 Julian (B.Mus, M.Phil, PTCS) is a highly experienced community musician, music educator, composer and performer who works alongside children and grown-ups with a philosophy and teaching style that is influenced and informed by music-making of the world’s cultures. He is director of Community Music Junction which began operations in Wellington, enabling both children and adults to sing together and learn a variety of musical instruments. Julian is a researcher of music from the Shona culture of Zimbabwe and is one of a very few New Zealand teachers of African marimba and mbira.

He facilitates the Accessible Concert series for Chamber Music New Zealand and is a passionate advocate of the Arts for All philosophy. As a vocal leader Julian led the Wellington Community Choir for 14 years, other groups such as MaleVocale and several morning social singing groups.

In 2019 there were performances of two of his large-scale vocal works – NZ Road-trip for male voices and the fifth production of Sing it to My Face, a collaboration with Barbarian Productions which was performed in the Auckland Town Hall.