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A CHOIR. 

A REPUTATION. 

ABOUT SUMS

Founded in 1878, SUMS is Australia’s oldest university choir and has actively contributed to the musical life of the University and Sydney’s community for 142 years. SUMS has had many notable achievements over its lifetime, including Australian premieres of Bach’s Mass in B minor and the St Matthew Passion in 1880, and a performance during the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron at the Sydney 2000 Opening Ceremony. Our recent concerts include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, accompanied by SUSO, as well as collaborations with the Conservatorium of Music featuring performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Sergei Prokofiev's, Alexander Nevsky early last year. SUMS combines its musical achievements with a great social atmosphere, with lots of organised and informal social events including a triennial camp and regular visits to the pub. Most importantly, SUMS is a non-auditioned choir and community of lifelong friends, we welcome everyone to join and sing with us.

Musical Director 

Dr Michael Bradshaw completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of

Queensland Australia, graduating with a university medal and first class honours in piano performance and musicology.

In 2014 he completed his MA in Kodály pedagogy at the Liszt Academy of Music in Hungary. He became assistant to the institute director, Dr László Norbert Nemes, teaching musicianship classes, conducting the institute choir, as well as completing further studies in conducting, piano, and voice. In 2018 he completed his PhD on the music of Sergei Prokofiev.

Dr Bradshaw is an accomplished educator, and currently teaches at the

Conservatorium High School in Sydney. His passion and dedication to music

education has led him to teach across Australia. In 2016, he coordinated a choral program across ten local school choirs in Roma, Queensland, Australia, and in 2019 he worked with 12 rural NSW schools to encourage and promote opportunities for young students to participate in musical learning. He has conducted at a range of levels, from primary school choirs to assistant conductor for the University of Queensland Chamber Singers, and in 2019 he took on the role Musical Director for the Sydney University Musical Society.

Dr Michael Bradshaw completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of

Queensland Australia, graduating with a university medal and first class honours in piano performance and musicology.

In 2014 he completed his MA in Kodály pedagogy at the Liszt Academy of Music in Hungary. He became assistant to the institute director, Dr László Norbert Nemes, teaching musicianship classes, conducting the institute choir, as well as completing further studies in conducting, piano, and voice. In 2018 he completed his PhD on the music of Sergei Prokofiev.

Dr Bradshaw is an accomplished educator, and currently teaches at the

Conservatorium High School in Sydney. His passion and dedication to music

education has led him to teach across Australia. In 2016, he coordinated a choral program across ten local school choirs in Roma, Queensland, Australia, and in 2019 he worked with 12 rural NSW schools to encourage and promote opportunities for young students to participate in musical learning. He has conducted at a range of levels, from primary school choirs to assistant conductor for the University of Queensland Chamber Singers, and in 2019 he took on the role Musical Director for the Sydney University Musical Society.

Pianist

Australian pianist Jeremy So completed his studies for the Bachelor of Music (Performance) degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Alexandra Vinokurov, graduating with Honours First Class and the University Medal. His postgraduate studies were with Stephen Savage at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, where he was awarded his Master of Music (Solo Performance) and Postgraduate Diploma (International Artist). He has been invited to participate in masterclasses with pianists such as Steven Osborne, Kathryn Stott, Stephen Hough, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Andras Schiff.

 

His performances have taken him abroad to Auckland, Leipzig, Paris, Bangkok and Xi’an, and across Australia and England at venues including the Sydney Opera House, the Federation Concert Hall with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Wigmore Hall and Bridgewater Hall. Festival appearances include the 2010 ISCM World New Music Days, the 2014 Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme/67th Aldeburgh Festival, the 2015 London Sinfonietta Academy and the 2016 Chester Music Festival with the Manchester Camerata. His performances of contemporary repertoire have consistently received acclaim, receiving most recently the Andreadis Family Prize at the 2018 Australian National Piano Award. As an ensemble pianist, he is also in great demand and has received numerous awards internationally.

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