Education kit

Nigel and James have planned a detailed education kit, aimed at the English, Drama, and Music curricula, and will be exploring the possibilities of having this published in 2019.

In the meantime, they would like to share with you their first draft, which looks in depth at two songs in The Weight of Light, from the point of view of the composer, and the librettist. Scroll down to see some examples of the content, or go ahead and download the whole eBook for free!

The free writing kit

Download an Apple iBooks version (full interactivity, but only works on iPad or Mac computers), 391MB. Cannot be printed.

Download an interactive PDF (embedded audio and video, should work on any device that can run an up to date version of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader), 207MB. Note: the embedded audio and video may not work in other PDF readers e.g. Preview on a Mac. Can be printed.

Download an ePub (eBook format with embedded audio and video – ePub readers are available for all platforms but not all support the playback of all media – we’ll post a list of what works on what platform soon), 259MB. Cannot easily be printed.

Download a PDF with no embedded media (a much smaller file, but without the reference of audio and video files), 15MB. Should open in any PDF reader. Can be printed.

Download a Kindle eBook that can be opened on MacOS, Windows, iPad, Android tablet (e.g. Samsung), and more – unfortunately Amazon insist there is a charge for this, but it’s only a few dollars! Includes the embedded media, can’t be printed.


Composer James Humberstone and librettist Nigel Featherstone will give a free talk about the pieces featured in the kit at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at midday on Friday 27th November, which precedes the matinee performance at 1pm (finished by 2:10pm). Discounted class tickets are available ($10 each), and teachers accompanying classes are free. There is also an evening performance on the same date. Click here for more details.

Teachers: please be aware that The Weight of Light deals with issues of suicide, death, war, and phenomena related to PTSD.  These subjects are treated carefully and artistically, but could trigger responses from students if not handled with the same care in the classroom. There is one swear word in the whole cycle, in The Girl (it is not in any of the excerpts in this free kit).


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