Australia's National Children's Choir - Gondwana Voices

About the Choir

Over its 25-year history, Sydney Children's Choir has built a worldwide reputation for choral excellence, under the direction of Founder Lyn Williams OAM. The Sydney Children's Choir has commissioned over 110 works from leading Australian composers and performs a significant number of Australian compositions each year and has toured them extensively across the world and Australia.


At home, the choir is frequently invited to perform with some of the world's most acclaimed orchestras and conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas and the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and with the Sydney Symphony under Edo de Waart, Charles Dutoit and Vladimir Ashkenazy. The choir's numerous performances with the Sydney Symphony have included Mahler's Symphonies No.8 & No.3, the Lord of the Rings triology in 2011, 2012, & 2013, as well as Britten's War Requiem and Orff's Carmina Burana in 2013. In August this year, Sydney Children's Choir was invited to perform at Hazel Hawke's memorial Service at the Sydney Opera House.


Sydney Children's Choir regularly travels the globe, performing Australian choral repertoire to great acclaim. In 2013, Sydney Children's Choir went on their 10th and longest international tour to Europe, including performances at the world's most prestigious choral festival, Polyfollia, in Normandy, France and at St John's Smith Square, Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral in London. In 2010 they toured China, performing at the International Society for Music Education World Conference in Beijing; in 2007 they toured Finland to participate in the international Sympatti Festival; in 2005 the Choir was the featured artist for Australian National Day at the World Expo in Aichi Japan.  They have also toured extensively throughout Australia and to Indonesia, Singapore, France and the United Kingdom.

Closer to home, the Choir performed at the International Society of Contemporary Music conference in Sydney in 2010; and the previous year with the Gondwana National Indigenous Children's Choir, at the critically acclaimed world premiere performance of Ngailu - Boy of the Stars at the City Recital Hall and The Dreaming Festival in Queensland.


The Choir also regularly records for radio and film and are featured on the soundtracks of Moulin Rouge, Happy Feet and Australia. Their most recent release, an EP titled Legends & Dreams, is available through iTunes and was released on the ABC Classics label.

 

In 2014 Sydney Children's Choir proudly celebrates 25 years of Australian Choral Music.