Choir Students Learn From The Best


Internationally acclaimed composer, singer and vocal arranger, Tony Backhouse, will visit Girton Grammar School on Wednesday 12th November to work with Junior School choirs and impart his unique and inspired vocal coaching techniques on dozens of budding young singers.

Head of Girton Grammar Junior School, Don Thompson, said that there was nothing quite like learning from example.

“Tony Backhouse is the best of the best in his field and has conducted vocal workshops all over the world with thousands of people.

“We have a strong music and vocal program at the school and exposing young people to musicians of this caliber will make a lasting impression,” Mr Thompson said.

In demand for his inspiring teaching style, Tony Backhouse has run more than 2,000 vocal workshops throughout the world for the public, for festivals, schools, universities, churches, private organisations and corporate training events. He has also written, composed and performed music for the likes of Tim Finn, Renee Geyer, Cate Cebrano and the Sydney Children’s Choir.  Tony lives in New Zealand and founded Australia’s foremost acapella gospel choir, Café of the Gate of Salvation.

“Performing in a choir encourages students to learn the value of sustained team effort to achieve excellence and the concrete rewards of hard work.

“With around 178 music lessons conducted every week in our Junior School, I am sure our students will be very receptive to everything that Mr Backhouse has to share with them,” Mr Thompson said.