The Cathedral is delighted to announce that former chorister and current lay clerk, Oliver Crofts, has been selected for a scholarship position (Clarinet) in the 2020 Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Professional Performance Program, where he will study with the Head of Woodwind and Clarinet Faculty – David Thomas (Principal Clarinet of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra). This news is life changing for Oliver and will involve him relocating to Melbourne in 2020.

This is fantastic success for Oliver and he will join another former Cathedral chorister at ANAM, William Huxtable, who is studying the violin.

Congratulations, Oliver!

Oliver’s initial involvement with the St George’s Cathedral community began as a young treble, returning three years ago as a tenor lay clerk on completion of his year 12 studies to the Choir & Consort under the direction of Dr Joseph Nolan.

Oliver recently travelled to Melbourne, having been invited to the second and final round live auditions for the ANAM. He is absolutely thrilled to share that he has been selected for a scholarship program

The Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) is dedicated to the artistic and professional development of the most exceptional young classical musicians from Australia and New Zealand. The only professional performance training institute in Australia, and one of the few in the world, ANAM musicians learn and transform through public performance. In addition to solo, chamber, ensemble and orchestral coaching and performance opportunities, the Program complements and informs this activity with specialised guidance in the areas of musician health, career development, and community and audience engagement. During the year, ANAM invites an impressive list of national and international guest artists to work with its esteemed Faculty and musicians to present over 180 events including concerts, masterclasses and discussions. ANAM alumni regularly receive major national and international awards, and are currently working in orchestras and chamber ensembles around the world, performing as soloists, and contributing to educating the next generation of musicians.

Oliver has performed with numerous orchestras, particularly enjoying his role as Principal Clarinet of the West Australian Youth Orchestra (2018 & 2019). In 2018, Oliver performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto for Sabine Meyer (International Clarinet Soloist from Germany) in her Musica Viva Masterclass. In 2019, Oliver performed Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie for Andreas Ottensamer (Principal Clarinet – Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), in the WASO ‘Young and Emerging Artists’ International Masterclass program.

Since being awarded the Delano Music Scholarship in 2017, Oliver has been studying Clarinet at the UWA Conservatorium of Music, under the mentorship of both Allan Meyer (Principal Clarinet – West Australian Symphony Orchestra) and Dr Ashley William Smith (Head of Woodwinds and Clarinet at UWA). Oliver plans to graduate from UWA at the end of 2019, with a Bachelor of Arts (specialising in Music Studies and Music Specialist Studies).

Oliver will be presenting his final Clarinet Graduation Recital at UWA (Callaway Music Auditorium) on Monday 4th November at 6pm. This is a free event, open to the public and is an opportunity to hear Oliver perform before he travels to Melbourne.