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Henry Purcell, Dido and Aeneas

St Paul’s College presents Henry Purcell’s masterpiece Dido and Aeneas, a tale of destiny, love and death. Queen Dido and Prince Aeneas are in love, but forces of discord interfere to destroy their future together. The legendary Sally-Anne Russell as Dido, the Queen of Carthage; Andrew Goodwin as Aeneas; Penelope Mills as Belinda; and the Choir of St Paul’s College Sydney and the St Paul’s Baroque Consort conducted by Jack Stephens. To book tickets CLICK HERE

Victoriana! 2022 tickets on sale

“Victoriana!” is Australia’s longest running theatrical production and one of its most enduring and endearing. Run under the auspices of St Paul’s College Union, it has underpinned the operations of the Union for more than half a century, provided untold amusement for two generations of Paulines and become a tangible link to the College for Old Paulines who delight in returning for Victoriana! and bringing friends for this remarkable evening of formal dining and entertainment. This exciting night of dinner, drinks and music will feature musicians from the Sydney Symphony and Opera Australia, finishing with glorious pyrotechnics seen from the Quadrangle of the College. To book CLICK HERE For more details CLICK HERE

Mummers presents “Wine Talks”

St Pauls’ College Mummer presents Wine Talks, farce written by Thomas Burrow and Timothy Richmond. Love to see you all there, enjoy the show! Friday xxSOLD OUTxx, Saturday 7.30 pm and Sunday 12 noon – 20, 21 & 22 May Tickets: CLICK HERE

Concert: Rave in the Nave

This is an hour long concert that combines new electronic dance music written by the ‘Salisbury Institute’ with live vocals performed by the St Paul’s College Choir. It may be a world first! ‘Salisbury Institute’ is an EDM collaboration of former Director of Music David Drury (Druers) and his nephew Matthew Roberts. Vocal parts have been written to add a live dimension to a DJ style performance to give the listener a unique concert/dance experience in the College Chapel! Friday 20 May 2022 – 2 shows 7.30 pm and 9.30 pm In the Chapel at St Paul’s College Exit by donation. For tickets CLICK HERE For visitors to the College there is very limited parking on site during semester, please use City Rd, or public transport. Rave in the Nave flyer

The Four Seasons, recomposed

St Paul’s College, Ensemble Apex and international-renowned soloist Brendan Joyce present Max Richter’s modern taken on Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, recomposed for orchestra and synthesiser by one of the most influential composers and prolific contemporary music artists of this generation. Paired with choral and ensemble works by Ola Gjeilo and Eric Whitacre performed with the St Paul’s College Choir, this exciting concert will be presented in the gothic sandstone Dining Hall of St Paul’s College.  The Salisbury Bar will be open for a drink after each concert, and the Wine Cellar beforehand so you can enjoy a drink throughout the concert. Tickets are strictly limited, so we are inviting the St Paul’s College community for a chance to purchase tickets early before the go public on Friday.  Dates | Friday 8 April 8pm & Saturday 9 April 8pm Location | St Paul’s College Dining Hall Tickets | www.trybooking.com/BXYLR  Brendan Joyce 

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Music to your ears

People who rely on their performing arts talent to pay the bills in the have suffered throughout the pandemic and St Paul’s musicians and students of music and the arts have been equally impacted. Time and space to perform in front of an audience is a critically important part of a musical career, whether at the beginning or along the journey. In 2022 the College is lifting its music program to new heights bringing together some amazing talent for your enjoyment with a rejuvenated College choir, an ensemble-in-residence, composition, music tutoring and great links to the SSO and Con. The St Paul’s College Choir in 2022 has been expanded to 32 outstanding singers who are enhancing a wonderful and long-standing choral tradition of the College. The choir is now one of the best choral groups in Sydney especially since the introduction of lay clerks to lead each of the four

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2008 Reunion sets the scene for 2022 – dairies please!

A small band of recent alumni gathered in the Salisbury for a reunion in February, which was perfect timing just as the COVID restrictions had been lifted. A Reunion for those Freshers around 1960 has been planned for a lunch in the Hall and tour of the College on Sunday 3 July. Those 1959, -60 & -61 Freshers interested should make contact with Mr Richard Morgan (1978) at the College. Another Reunion for 1980, -81 and -82 Freshers is being planned for Saturday 26 November the weekend of the Annual Carol Service. The St Paul’s College Union is planning to resurrect the Union Dinner on Saturday 18 June as  a grand event in the Hall.  Don’t forget the Union’s 58th production of Victoriana! scheduled for 23, 24 and 30 September and 1 October after a pandemic hiatus. Be ready for the show you remember with plenty of new treats thanks

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A Night at the Opera

Romance, drama, death and comedy. Join our cast of characters in a night of opera presented by the second year students of the Sydney Conservatorium Opera School, with pianist Alan Hicks. Friday 18 March 2022 at 7.00 pm – Graduate House Refectory Prepare to mingle with fairies, princesses and barbers as the singers transport you to strange and exotic locales. The program features a selection of arias and ensembles from the 19th and 20th centuries, a period of great musical and historical change and innovation. Tickets include alcoholic refreshments and can be found at  https://www.trybooking.com/BXYHB

News

Choir sings at St Luke’s Mosman

You are warmly invited to a Service of Choral Evensong sung by the St Paul’s College Choir at St Luke’s Anglican Church, 4 Heydon Street Mosman (Corner Ourimbah Road & Heydon Street) on Sunday 31st July commencing at 4:00pm.  The Choir of St Paul’s College will be conducted by the Director of Music, Mr Jack Stephens and Mr David Drury will be the Organist.  Our Chaplain, the Rev’d Antony Weiss, will be the Guest Preacher and the Officiant will be the Rector of St Luke’s, the Rev’d Dr Max Wood, who is also the Deputy Chair of the College Council.  Light refreshments will be served after the service and we look forward having you join us.

2022 Law Dinner

After the COVID hiatus the first ‘Faculty Dinner’ was for the students of Law. The tradition of the faculty dinners has been an enduring one at Paul’s. It will be of interest to Paulines that the University has now has the following academic structure: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Dean Prof Lisa Adkins Faculty of Engineering – Dean Prof Willy Zweenepoel Faculty of Medicine and Health – Dean Prof Robyn Ward (Pro-Vice-Chancellor) Faculty of Science – Dean Prof Philip Gale School of Architecture, Design and Planning – Head of School and Dean Prof Robyn Dowling University of Sydney Business School – Head of School and Dean Prof Gregory Whitwell Conservatorium of Music – Head of School and Dean Prof Anna Reid Sydney Law School – Head of School and Dean Prof Simon Bronitt (Pauline 2019-20) The Law Dinner was held on 2 May and after dinner the address

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Renewable energy for the College

Power for the Sydney University Campus is provided through the University’s contract supply arrangements and St Paul’s has chosen to be one of the colleges benefitting from renewable energy optimisation. From July the University will be purchasing its electricity from Red Energy and 100% of its electricity in NSW originates from renewable sources, backed by Snowy Hydro. Under the contract the University’s and College’s activities will be powered by solar energy. The positive impact will be in excess of removing 31,200 cars from the road. It also brings the University, with some of the colleges, a step closer to implementing zero emissions by 2030. An interesting Pauline connection to the early years of hydro-electric power generation in Australia was Mr J Russell Ashton CB (in College 1943-46) who studied Civil Engineering and was the Commissioner of the Tasmanian Hydro-Electric Commission between 1977 and 1987. He led the commission during the

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The Union Dinner

St Paul’s College Union was founded in 1892, on the joint initiative of resident members of the College and of former students. In its efforts to unite past and present Paulines it organises and supports events and reunions to promote the interests of the College. On 18 June the Union revived its annual dinner after a break of a few years. The guest of honour was a Pauline from the mid-80s, the new Chief Justice of NSW, Justice Andrew Bell. He used the portraits in the dining hall to ‘frame’ his address about the contributions made by so many during their time at College for its good and after College for the good of the nation, beginning with our two prime ministers, from each side of the House, Sir William McMahon and Gough Whitlam. The Acknowledgement of Country was given by current Graduate House student Mr Siupeli Haukoloa-Paea (MD 1)

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Prof Frank Nicholas appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM):

Emeritus Professor Frank William Nicholas has been recognised in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours for significant service to animal genetics, and to tertiary education. Frank was at College 1967-71, and completed BScAgr in 1970 and at Edinburgh University a PhD in 1974. Frank has had an academic career in Animal Genetics and is Emeritus Professor Genetics Laboratory at the University. The fascinating book, written with his wife Jan, Charles Darwin in Australia, chronicles the impact Darwin’s visit to the colonies of New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land had on his theory of evolution. To find out more about Frank’s academic career CLICK HERE. The College community congratulates Frank on his appointment as AM for his impressive contribution to the worldwide study of animal genetics.

John Anderson becomes a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC):

The Honourable John Duncan Anderson AO has been recognised in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours for eminent service to rural and regional development, to leadership in international agricultural research and food security, to social commentary, and through contributions to not-for-profit organisations. John was at College 1975-77 and completed a BA in 1978 and MA in 1980. John was appointed AO in 2011 For distinguished service to the Parliament of Australia, particularly through support of rural and regional communities, transport development, and water management initiatives. John served as the Federal Member for Gwydir 1989-2007 and was the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia 1999-2005. To find out more about John’s political career CLICK HERE. The College community congratulates John on his elevation to AC for his contribution at the highest level to rural Australia. [Pic source: Wikipedia]

Henry Purcell, Dido and Aeneas

St Paul’s College presents Henry Purcell’s masterpiece Dido and Aeneas, a tale of destiny, love and death. Queen Dido and Prince Aeneas are in love, but forces of discord interfere to destroy their future together. The legendary Sally-Anne Russell as Dido, the Queen of Carthage; Andrew Goodwin as Aeneas; Penelope Mills as Belinda; and the Choir of St Paul’s College Sydney and the St Paul’s Baroque Consort conducted by Jack Stephens. To book tickets CLICK HERE

Victoriana! 2022 tickets on sale

“Victoriana!” is Australia’s longest running theatrical production and one of its most enduring and endearing. Run under the auspices of St Paul’s College Union, it has underpinned the operations of the Union for more than half a century, provided untold amusement for two generations of Paulines and become a tangible link to the College for Old Paulines who delight in returning for Victoriana! and bringing friends for this remarkable evening of formal dining and entertainment. This exciting night of dinner, drinks and music will feature musicians from the Sydney Symphony and Opera Australia, finishing with glorious pyrotechnics seen from the Quadrangle of the College. To book CLICK HERE For more details CLICK HERE

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

College celebrated the 70 years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign with a Platinum Jubilee Evensong followed by a Platinum Jubilee Dinner on 24 May. The choral works during the service were taken from the Queen’s Coronation in 1953 and highlighted the quality and depth of the College Choir and organists.  During Dinner the Loyal Toast was proposed by the Student’s Club Secretary, Mr Sebastian Shanahan, followed by a rousing singing of God Save the Queen and the College Hymn, Sir Hubert Parry’s Jerusalem. Interesting commentary about the Jubilee and the Queen’s place in Australia today can be found here within the University’s Modern Monarchy in Global Perspective Research Hub, CLICK HERE

Two Paulines in the next Federal Parliament

It is exciting to report that the College community has a new MP in Dr Andrew Charlton who has won the seat of Parramatta for the ALP.  Andrew was in College 1997-99 and studied Economics and won the University Medal before heading to the London School of Economics and then Oxford to complete his doctorate as the NSW Rhodes Scholar for 2001. From 2008, through the period of the global financial crisis, he served as senior economic advisor to the Prime Minister of Australia and Australia’s senior government official to the G20 economic summits. We look forward to learning of Andrew’s contribution to the nation as a member of the Albanese Government (Mr Albanese being another Sydney University graduate). The seat of Parramatta was held by another old Pauline, the Hon Sir Nigel Bowen AC KBE between 1964 and 1973, he was in College 1928-30. Sir Nigel had a distinguished

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Pauline leads Anzac tribute at Gallipoli 

His Excellency the Australian Ambassador to Turkey, Mr Miles Armitage, gave the Anzac address on behalf of the Australian nation at this years commemorative service at Anzac Cove. For the YouTube broadcast of the service CLICK HERE [roll up to 15:50]

Scholars awarded at Academic Dinner

Pic: Prize Winners Mr Angus Malmo (first on left) and Mr Nick Trotter (third on right) with Acting Dean Harry Croker and fourth year students Anthony Russell-Thomas and Ethan Tsui. (photo credit: Jason Zhu He) By Ms Katie Allan, Senior Tutor A highlight of the College Calendar is our undergraduate Academic Dinner and it was again our pleasure to recognise and celebrate the academic hard work and talents of our students. The guest of honour at the 2022 Academic Dinner, Professor Julia Horne, spoke about how academic success is not just a product of individual effort but also a product of a community which encourages and supports that success. Julia is Senior Research Fellow in the University’s Department of History and the University Historian, she is also a Fellow of St Paul’s College, serving on the College Council. As is usual at formal dinners there was a musical  interlude and

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Student-centred projects

Creative ideas pour out of universities every day, not the least of these come from students seeking to make a difference to society. Not surprisingly St Paul’s is a crucible of student creativity, underlined by its fundamental collegiality and its very strong links into its alumni community. Two projects on the go might interest Paulines young and old are Ikigai and Piknic. Ikigai (Japanese) “a reason to get up in the morning” was founded by Jason Zhu He (UG BSc I) with Lachlan Pullar (2013-15). Jason would love for old Paulines to get involved by being filmed and simply sharing their life and professional experience on video that will be accessed by thousands of high school and university students from the Ikigai website. For more contact Jason on jzhuhe@gmail.com, or see ikigainetwork.io. Piknic was founded by Jethro Mahon (GH MComm III) and is a start-up that will connect students needing

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2010 Australian of the Year

This year College is presenting a regular Monday night After-Dinner Speaker Series. This kicked-off in Week 1 with old Pauline Professor Pat McGorry AO. Pat spoke about youth mental health awareness, its current state and how knowledge about mental health issues and response in Australian society has developed in the last five decades, since he was at College. Pat was made Australian of the Year in 2010 for his pioneering efforts in mental health early intervention and advocacy. His work led the Federal Government to create a national network of early psychosis intervention centres, based on evidence that early treatment may improve long-term outcomes. From this came the founding of the Headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation and its network of 140 centres across Australia. To see Pat in a recent media interview (DailyMotion 27 March 2022) CLICK HERE

Inspiration from a benefactor

Several members of St Paul’s are the beneficiaries of scholarship support enabling them to live away from home and within the University at the College. These students give so much through their contribution to College life and their studies and show all the hallmarks of becoming significant leaders in their fields in the future. We are so grateful for the support of many who give regularly through the St Paul’s College Foundation. College hosted the visit of the Trustees of the Glendonbrook Foundation which is providing a significant annual gift to the College that is subsidising the fees for 14 undergraduates. The head of the foundation is The Rt Hon Lord Glendonbrook CBE, a dual citizen of Australia and Britain and who is an active and influential member of the UK Government. Lord Glendonbrook is supported by his trustees including The Hon Dr John McLaughlin AM, who was the College’s

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Tramping on new boards

Support for replacement of floor boards, table tops and chairs in the Dining Hall is greatly appreciated but the appeal continues. The job might be finished (so we can eat again!) but the funding need continues. If you want to donate a chair, table top or floor board let us know. All donors are being acknowledged with a small plaque which will be carefully placed on the furniture.  A huge thank you to those Paulines who have donated. Please drop-in and search for your plaque. To donate please go to our Contribute page to learn more HERE.

Music to your ears

People who rely on their performing arts talent to pay the bills in the have suffered throughout the pandemic and St Paul’s musicians and students of music and the arts have been equally impacted. Time and space to perform in front of an audience is a critically important part of a musical career, whether at the beginning or along the journey. In 2022 the College is lifting its music program to new heights bringing together some amazing talent for your enjoyment with a rejuvenated College choir, an ensemble-in-residence, composition, music tutoring and great links to the SSO and Con. The St Paul’s College Choir in 2022 has been expanded to 32 outstanding singers who are enhancing a wonderful and long-standing choral tradition of the College. The choir is now one of the best choral groups in Sydney especially since the introduction of lay clerks to lead each of the four

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Big start to Semester 1 – Graduate House

In the tradition that has grown up over the last three years, our post-graduate community joins together to welcome the new Semester with a feast in the Refectory. This inaugural black tie event is both educational and enjoyable providing a forum for poetry, rhyming challenges, music and lifting the roof with spoons hitting tables in acknowledgement of contributions and honouring achievements. The first guest speaker for in Graduate House this year was Prof Hans Hendrischke, professor of Chinese business and management at the University of Sydney Business School. He leads the School’s Australia China Business Network and chairs the Business and Economics Cluster of the University’s China Studies Centre and spoke to the group of undergraduate and post graduate business and law students about the way in which doing business with Chinese enterprises has changed over the last 40 years. Seminars are held in the College every Monday, alternating between

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Big start to Semester 1 – Welcome Week

The College begins 2022 with a full house, and even some undergrads overflowing into the McMillan Building. The first few weeks of semester have rewarded the great planning and participation by staff and senior students by integrating new students of the College into our community. Lively formal dinners have been enriched by a diversity of talented musicians, guests and great food. 123 Freshers arrived for Welcome Week and after the register signing, they joined the Warden and staff with their parents for introductions. This group, combined with 44 new graduate students, makes this the largest intake of residents since 1858. The new students are enjoying being at Paul’s and are grabbing hold of the opportunities for learning and participating in the daily life and rituals of Coll.S.Paul.

2008 Reunion sets the scene for 2022 – dairies please!

A small band of recent alumni gathered in the Salisbury for a reunion in February, which was perfect timing just as the COVID restrictions had been lifted. A Reunion for those Freshers around 1960 has been planned for a lunch in the Hall and tour of the College on Sunday 3 July. Those 1959, -60 & -61 Freshers interested should make contact with Mr Richard Morgan (1978) at the College. Another Reunion for 1980, -81 and -82 Freshers is being planned for Saturday 26 November the weekend of the Annual Carol Service. The St Paul’s College Union is planning to resurrect the Union Dinner on Saturday 18 June as  a grand event in the Hall.  Don’t forget the Union’s 58th production of Victoriana! scheduled for 23, 24 and 30 September and 1 October after a pandemic hiatus. Be ready for the show you remember with plenty of new treats thanks

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