Invitations

IN GENERAL

My concerts and audio-visual presentations depend on invitations. Most invitations arise from the initiative of an individual who takes an idea to the parish council or the school staff or a conference organising committee or ....  My events are not grand events. A 'concert' might be a singing concert for adults (average 30 people) or an audio-visual presentation on 'Walking the Camino' or a concert with the school choir presented for the whole school. The venue might be a parish hall or a church or a school hall ... or someone's home. I might be singing for an agreed fee or I might be taking my chance on door takings or a combination of the two. I'm flexible and I realise that the people who invite me are not professional concert organisers. That's the way it's been since I made music my work in 1982 and, glad to say, I've got by OK. I've enjoyed being invited for hundreds of small scale events all round Australia, in Ireland and in the UK. These days my concerts are usually within a day's drive of my home in Mittagong NSW. But I can travel further afield if a tour of a few events can be arranged. I'm glad to receive enquiries that may or may not become invitations. I'll follow with some possibilities. P.K.

Christmas Family Concert - Victoria 2018
Available Dates - December 3, 12, 14

Dear Principal & REC

I am travelling again to Victoria this year for a season of Christmas Family Concerts with Catholic primary schools. I have been leading these concerts for many years. Schools have found that the concert I offer is refreshingly different, enjoyed by children and parents. By booking such a concert, pressure can be relieved on teachers in the end-of-year period. Perhaps your school would be interested?

Available dates at time of writing are on Monday December 3 / Wednesday December 12 and Friday December 14. See below for more information on the event I offer.

Cost is based on school size.

Email me at peterkearney50@gmail.com
* Let me know how many children at your school. I will get back to you with a $ quote.
* Let me know your first and second choice dates from the following: December 3, 12, 14

Please feel free to phone me at 0425 328 185 if you have any queries.
Best wishes
Peter Kearney

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NOTES ON THE EVENT & ITS PREPARATION:

PREPARATION: The children become familiar with the songs before my visit. In early Term 4, I send a PRACTICE CD containing twelve songs. The songs are a mixture of Australian, contemporary and traditional carols. They provide a meaningful yet enjoyable program to reflect on the deeper meaning of the approaching feast.  In the same package I include a RESOURCE-CD containing PowerPoint files and MsWord files for lyrics of the twelve songs, plus music (useful to some) and a PDF booklet of song-guide-notes for teacher(s).

PARTICIPATION: I know that schools usually like to involve all their children in such an important occasion. From my experience over many years with schools of all sizes, I know that this inclusive goal can be achieved. For example, in a large school there could be two or three (or even four) groups presenting sections of the concert with me.  Or sometimes a core-group on stage will be joined by extra groups.

DAYTIME WORKSHOPS: On the day of the concert, I conduct intensive yet enjoyable workshop/ rehearsals with the children. My aim is to animate the performance of the songs. In an initial session I teach a senior-group a variety of percussion and tuned percussion parts to enhance the meaning and drama of the songs. (I bring an interesting array of percussion and tuned-percussion instruments.) Then before and after lunch we are joined by the singing-groups who are encouraged to dramatise the songs through simple yet effective actions (which I teach on the day). Through my expertise and experience I know that, provided the children already know the songs, a great deal can be achieved as we bring together a very presentable and engaging concert with full participation of the children.

EVENING CONCERT:  The children share 'the stage’ with me throughout. I involve the audience in some songs as well to create a warm community celebration. I link the program with brief reflections on the Advent/Christmas theme. The concert usually ends with a traditional carol and nativity procession. A concert beginning at 7.00pm would usually conclude at around 8.30pm.

VENUE: My strong preference is for an indoor concert—usually a hall or church. I will consider a covered outdoor venue such as a COLA, but have learned to avoid outdoor events exposed to the weather. Workshop venue and evening concert venue need to be on the same premises - eg a school and adjacent church. I don't want to be re-packing my van with instruments and equipment and driving to another venue to start setting up again. My day-evening is already long and intense enough.

PA SYSTEM: In the concert venue I set up my own high-quality PA system.

OTHER HELP PROVIDED: I supply attractive posters and artwork complete with the details of the event—to help create awareness and anticipation of the event. I provide Thinking it Through a booklet of organizational guide-notes, which has been found to be helpful. 


COST & CONDITIONS:

Cost is based on school size. I will provide a proposal and quote after receiving your enquiry. The fee covers advance materials and consultations, daytime rehearsals, evening concert, provision and set-up of PA equipment. A tax-invoice will be sent in advance of the event, in the name of Crossover Music ABN 69 308 697 361. The full fee is payable on or before the day of the concert. Once a firm booking has been made, a 60% cancellation fee applies.

Our arrangement assumes that it will be OK for me to set up a table where my CDs/ tapes/ music books can be on display and available for purchase at the concert (without intruding this aspect on the spirit of the occasion). As I travel without an assistant I request the help of an adult attendant for the sales table at the concert.


RECOMMENDATIONS from years past:
“The process of preparation in the weeks before Peter’s visit, the workshops on the day of the concert culminating in the early evening concert were an unqualified success. Parents are still talking about the quality of the evening and the way it brought us all together in a joyous celebration of Christmas and the school year”. (Niel Carey, Principal, St. Matthew’s School, Windsor, Sydney)

“Absolutely brilliant- it was the best concert. Parents, friends and community members have commented on how beautiful the evening was. The way the percussion session was organised during the day was excellent. I was amazed that the children learnt their parts so quickly and were so excited to be playing on an instrument.... A great idea to send the songs/ words/ music in advance. The children knew the songs really well and sang beautifully.” (Robyn Roland, St. Joseph’s School, Collingwood).

PETER KEARNEY BIO:
I was originally a teacher before moving full-time into music-making.
Through hundreds of workshops and concerts in Australia and Ireland I have had wide experience of working with children of all ages.
Fifteen albums of my songs have been published. Several of my titles are included in the As One Voice hymnal.
My compositions include ‘This Is Our School’, often sung as a school song.
For more information, visit my website.

Ashes to Easter
a Lenten concert-reflection.

Invitations welcome now for Sydney/Canberra region - Lent 2018
Peter Kearney. Ph 02 48712284 / Mob 0425 328 185 / E: peterkearney50@gmail.com

COMMENT: “Thank you for the beautiful Lenten reflection ‘Ashes to Easter’ that you presented to our Parish community. Feedback from those who attended expressed appreciation at the prayerful and spiritual atmosphere you helped to create and found it to be a very worthwhile part of their Lenten journey”. (Christ the King Parish Pastoral Council, North Rocks. Following a concert. March 27, 2014. Quoted with permission.)

The Beatitudes
in Stories & Song

A prayerful presentation that  illustrates in various ways the values of ’The Beatitudes’. Peter's songs tell stories of good people who have lived by these values, bringing mercy, compassion and justice into our world.

Songs for Peace & Justice
Concert-reflection

A concert-reflection featuring Peter's songs, mostly scripture based - with themes of social-justice and peacemaking. Including stories of remarkable individuals who have lived out these values. 

Signs of Hope - People of Faith
Concert-Reflection

Songs linked by stories and reflections about people whose faithful lives have brought hope and compassion into the world. Duration to be decided with Parish. This program would include songs and stories about:
* St. Joseph  &  * Mary Mother of Jesus, * Mary MacKillop (St. Mary of the Cross)  &  * St. Francis of Assisi
* Sr. Irene McCormack - the Australian Josephite nun who was killed in Peru in 1991.
* Jean Vanier founder of L’Arche and Faith and Light – communities giving welcome to people with disabilities.
* Fr. Mark Croker – the shearer who became a shepherd. A ‘late vocation’.
* Fr. Ted Kennedy – priest of Redfern for 30 years. A friend and advocate of aboriginal people.
* Pope John Paul II
INFORMATION SHEET: Signs_of_Hope-People_of_Faith._Info_Sheet_-_Colour.pdf

Walking the Camino
Audio-visual presentation

Live commentary by Peter while photographs and music are played from a large screen television. Beautiful landscapes, ancient villages, interesting pilgrims, camino practicalities. Q&A session at end of each session. Peter has walked both of these 700+km sections of the Camino de Santiago. (NB. Peter brings his own equipment).

Surprising Ireland - Deeper Home
Audio-visual presentation

For St. Patrick's Day perhaps. Live narration by Peter while his photographs and Irish music are played from a large-screen television. A serendipitous journey through Ireland, mainly on foot. Includes Glendalough in County Wicklow, the Killarney National Park and the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, Connemara in County Galway, a pilgrimage walk on Croagh Patrick Ireland's holy mountain, the Mountains of Mourne in the Province of Ulster. Finally a walk to the Goward Dolmen in County Down, a 'Big Stone'and lasting symbol of family history.

Christmas Concert
with children or for adults

WITH CHILDREN: For many years I have been leading Advent-Christmas concerts with Catholic primary schools ... involving all of the children in the school. In advance, I send a practice-CD, lyrics, guide-notes etc. On the day, workshops with children prepare and animate them for an evening presentation to parents.
WITH ADULTS: A program blending Advent-Christmas reflections with a mixture of Australian, contemporary and traditional carols.

Good Morning Good People!
St. Francis of Assisi - a musical narrative.

Weaving stories, songs and projected images to reflect deeply on the inspirational life of St. Francis of Assisi. ‘Good Morning Good People’ has been described by Irish Franciscan Bro Niall O’Connell as “a moving and prayerful journey”. This presentation requires an exceptional amount of preparation, so invitations will need to be considered for feasibility. “An honest and real presentation of the life of the saint focusing on the important aspects of his life". (Fr. Francis Merlino OFM Cap)

Concerts with Children
Daytime only or day-evening

I am no longer doing school visits that involve multiple sessions, singing for different age groups. But I'd be interested the hear from any school that would like to have me come and workshop with a 'concert-group' (which may or may not be the school choir) then put on a concert for the whole school in the afternoon &/or in the evening with parents invited. Maybe for some special occasion?

The Soil and the Seed - On Prayer and Growth

Quite a personal presentation - weaving songs with the story of a crucial time in Peter's life, his meeting and coming together with wife Madge. Originally presented for a Cursillo Retreat.

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