International Choirmaster Visits Girton


30th July 2019

Renowned Australian multi-instrumentalist, composer and choirmaster, Paul Jarman, arrived in Bendigo today, to spend two days working with a range of Girton Grammar School student choirs.

Head of Junior School Music at Girton Grammar School, Ms Laura Dusseljee, said that Mr Jarman’s compositions for choir and orchestra had been performed around the world in venues such as the White House and at the opening of the World Rugby Cup and the London Olympics.

“We are so excited to have a visitor of such extraordinary talent visit the school and share his skills with our students.

“Mr Jarman will be a huge inspiration to our students especially because his songs are about explorers, mountaineers, pioneers, leaders and dreamers, innovators, risk-takers and those who make a difference to the world.

“I think our students will also enjoy relating to his musical and life journey. Having first performed at age 5 and then achieving his first professional performance at age 14, he will relate well to the ambitions of our young musicians.

“With the ability to play 25 instruments, and having played in over 40 countries around the world, Mr Jarman’s rich musical experience is something that students can become truly immersed in,” Ms Dusseljee said.

Paul Jarman will visit Girton Grammar School for two days, working intensively with The Girton Singers, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, the Year 5 and 6 Choir, the Year 3 and 4 Choir, and the Performance Choir. Mr Jarman dedicates most of his musical passions to choral music and says that his musical journey was transformed upon hearing the Sydney Children’s Choir for the first time. Mr Jarman also wrote the piece ‘Thank you Martin Luther King’ for the Boston City Singers and the piece was sung for President Barack Obama in the White House.

“It is important to nurture a love of music and voice in young people. Everyone can sing and can be trained to sing well. It is free, it is accessible, and it is good for the soul.

“Having Mr Jarman work with our young people will be a memorable moment that many students will cherish for a long time, and hopefully, it will spark a life-long love of music in many,” Ms Dusseljee said.

Pictured; Paul Jarman working with Senior School choir members