The reluctant music maker
Nathaniel Taylor moved to Birregurra, with his new bride Elizabeth Braid, at the beginning of 2014, after securing his first teaching position as Teacher of Music at Trinity College, Colac.
His music making had an early start with piano lessons, aged 5. Like so many music students, he loved playing but not so much practicing. A change of teacher, to one who recognised, stretched and extended his talent, enabled the young Nathaniel to work through the AMEB stream. He went to Ballarat's Clarendon College, a secondary school renowned for it's strong music program, where he added the violin to his repertoire and played it in the school orchestra. His VCE subjects included Music Styles, Solo Performance/Classical Piano.
Even though he enjoyed music, he did not plan a career in music and definitely did not want to be a teacher. After a gap year and some travel he enrolled in an Arts/Marketing degree at Monash University.
Whilst a career in music was not on the agenda, his love for music took on a life of it's own and he involved himself in local theatre productions and even acted as Musical Director for some.
The success and confidence gained through this made him re-evaluate his career path and his desire to become involved in Music Education grew.
Nathaniel's passion for music is drawn from the power it has to communicate and express feelings and has found that he is able to explore this through teaching secondary school aged students.
He finds the measure of talent among his students exciting and fostering a love for music in them extremely rewarding - not bad for someone who was definitely not going to be a teacher of Music.
Nathaniel values the role the encouragement of family and friends played on his path to finding his professional niche.
Personally, he is a member of a Jazz Fusion Improvisation Quartet called HAIKU.
To listen to their fabulous groove click HERE
This Music Maker also finds time to expertly lead the Birregurra Singing Group that meets regularly at the Anglican Church Hall.
If you haven't heard already, Birre is coming alive with the sounds of music.
It's been a few months now since we started our little singing group in the Anglican Church hall every 2nd and 4th Tuesday. And it's growing! Not just in singers but in enthusiasm.
Each session just seems to be getting better and better. More confident! More relaxed! More fun!
The group was spawned from the idea of bringing together Birre's community members from all walks of life to sing - with no particular aim in mind - just to enjoy the joy and have some fun. And last night was exactly that - a Super Fun night!
After practicing a tune that we'll join OMM with during the festival weekend, Nathaniel Taylor had us sounding fantastic with our brand new favourite song - Curtis Mayfield's People Get Ready (beautifully sung by the Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir - Hi Roz!). Now, while religion does tend to feature from time to time in some of the gospel songs we sing - I suppose that is the nature of Gospel - we haven't tied ourselves to the Holy Ghost. After listening and trying to sing along to some mind boggling tunes from US gospel heavy weight Kirk Franklin we kicked back with a few more familiar tunes Under the Boardwalk and Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher.
You'd think after all that singing we'd be done - but you'd be wrong. After a quick supper and wine break (many thanks to Gwen Koop!), we got straight back into some more sing-a-long fun, this time accompanied by Birre's new ukulele group and the lovely Denis on his clarinet.
We sung Paul Kelly's To Her Door, the good old Denver fave Take Me Home Country Roads, George Ezra's beautiful Budapest, and rounded it all off with a little love from Ben E King with Stand by Me.
With our adrenalin fully pumped and our feel good endorphins flowing freely into the night, every one of us left humming our favourite tune ready to count down the days to our next sing-a-long.
If you're keen to join in the fun - just come along and see what you think. First session is free and then $10. Kids 13 and under are free.
Just 9 days to buy you ticket to the Barwon Downs country dance from Birre General Store or Dymond & Dymond - great music from Rusty Berther's friends and just $20 a ticket.
Round up a carload, chuck on your dancing shoes and head to the Downs for a hoedown! The more we support these events, the more we will be able to bring to the area!