Australia's National Children's Choir - Gondwana Voices

Concerts, Tours and Events

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2013

 

In March, our SCC Senior Choir was invited to perform with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the adult voices of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs in three performances of the fabulous Carmina Burana at the Sydney Opera House, and was very well received. Carmina Burana was the first of our many performances with SSO in 2013; in September they will perform in the third instalment of the Lord of The Rings Concerts (The Return of the King) and two performances of Benjamin Britten's monumental War Requiem in November.


In late June, Sydney Children's Choir departed on their tenth and longest international tour. They performed in Barcelona, Lyon, at the world's most prestigious choral festival, Polyfollia in Normandy, Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral. The Summer in Europe tour kicked off with a Farewell Concert in hometown Sydney on Tuesday 25th June at City Recital Hall, Angel Place where the choir will perform as part of the series A Little Lunch Music.


The SCC had the honour of performing two songs at the Hazel Hawke Memorial service at Sydney Opera House on June 25. As part of the memorial the choir performed a Gondwana favourite Waltzing Matilda arranged by Ruth McCall. Browse through photos of the event by Dallas Kilponen from the Sydney Morning Herald.

 

In September Sydney Children’s Choir joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs to present three performances of the orchestra & film concert for Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King. Happily the Sydney Children’s Choir choristers worked hard on their Elvish during rehearsals and chorister Lachlan Massey performed the role of boy soloist to great praise from reviewers, audiences, staff and performers alike. Read the Daily Telegraph review.

 

2010

Performed Mahler Symphony No.8 at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Western Australian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia, under the baton of Principal Conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy . Toured to Brisbane to take part in ‘Next Generation Sings' with the training choirs of Birralee Voices and the Young Voices of Melbourne.

Celebrated our 21st Birthday at the Sydney Opera House with  ‘Voices of Celebration' - a magical and critically acclaimed concert, which brought together Gondwana National Choirs, the Sydney Children's Choir, GNICC and Alumni for the very first time. For many children, this was also their first time performing at the Sydney Opera House, and the season was enjoyed by choristers and audiences alike!

Recorded the soundtrack and took part in the filming of a new Australian feature film, Mei Mei starring Claudia Karvan, Guy Pearce, Lincoln Lewis and Rhys Muldoon. 

Toured to China performing to large and appreciative audiences at the International Society for Music Education World Conference in Beijing; at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing (a concert which was filmed and re-broadcast on Chinese Central Television several times). The group were given a 'rock-star' welcome on the Bund in Shanghai, delighted other tourists with an impromptu performance of ‘Happy Birthday' atop the Great Wall, and gave a wonderful performance at Beijing's spectacular Capital M restaurant!

Performed Mahler Symphony No. 3 with the Sydney Symphony, internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Lilli Paasikivi and the Ladies of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy. Critic Steve Moffatt wrote; Ashkenazy deployed his massive forces with aplomb, with the Ladies of the Sydney  Philharmonia Choir and the Sydney Children's Choir sounding jubilant as well as angelic in the fifth movement...

2009
Presents the world premiere of Ngailu – Boy of the Stars, a collaborative project with children from the Torres Strait Islands. Performs with Sydney Symphony in Carmina Burana conducted by Arvo Volmer. Appears with Gondwana National Indigenous Children's Choir at The Dreaming: Australia's international indigenous festival. Performed at the APRA|AMCOS Classical Music Awards at which Lyn Williams was honoured with the Choral or Vocal Work of the Year for her composition A Flock of Stars.

 

2008
Performs with Israel Philharmonic under conductor Zubin Mehta, tours to the Torres Strait Islands, performs with Gondwana Voices and Gondwana Indigenous Children's Choir at the papal welcome for World Youth Day, performs with the Sydney Chamber Choir under conductor Richard Gill, collaborates with the Young Voices of Melbourne, St Louis Children's Choir and Cantus Michaelis from Finland and presents two performances of the popular Voices of Angels Christmas concert with Gondwana Voices and the Gondwana Indigenous Children's Choir

 

2007
Integral part of the 2007 APEC Gala Cultural Performance during World Leaders' Week. International tour to Finland, Estonia and Denmark for performances in the International Choral Sympatti and performances with the Estonian Television Girls' Choir and the Danish National Girls' Choir. Critically acclaimed world premiere performance of Resonance – A Heritage in Song, a powerful multi art form work that explored stories of inspiration, hardship, and the joy in the lives of choristers and their families – featuring music by Paul Jarman and the Sydney Children's Choir choristers.

 

2006

Performs with the Danish National Girls Choir at Verbrugghen Hall, gives the world premiere performances of Ross Edwards' The Promised Land with the Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House, presents Voices of Angels in conjunction with the City Recital Hall Angel Place


2005
Represents Australia at Australian National Day at Expo 2005 in Nagoya Japan, performs in Berlioz's The Damnation of Faust with the Sydney Symphony under acclaimed conductor Charles Dutoit and performs in Symphony of Angels with the Sydney Symphony

 

2004
Holds its 15th Anniversary Concert with 7 newly commissioned works. Performs with the Sydney Symphony and John Bell in performances of William Walton's score to Henry V and with the Sydney Symphony and soprano Amelia Farrugia in Symphony of Angels


2003
Participates in the Rugby World Cup Opening and Closing Ceremonies and performs with the Sydney Symphony and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs in Carl Orff's Carmina Burana


 



2002
Tours to Europe and performs at the Lichfield Festival, UK and at World Civil Society forum in Geneva as well as concerts in France, Italy and Singapore. SCC concert in the Sydney Opera House in Honour of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and performances at Choralfest in Brisbane as well as with the Sydney Symphony

 

2001
Presents The Mahogany Ship, a staged production with music by Michael Atherton and Turn on the Open Sea, the premiere performance of a song-cycle by Paul Jarman. Performs in Christmas with the Symphony with the Sydney Symphony

 

2000
January 1, the world awakes to the sound of SCC performing from the top of the Sydney Opera House at dawn. SCC also performs at the Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, Olympic Arts Festival and Symphony of Angels with the Sydney Symphony

 

1999
Gives 10th Anniversary Concert with The Australian Voices, Sirocco and The Millennium Choir

 

1998
Performs Mahler's Symphony No.3 with the Sydney Symphony under conductor Mark Elder and Berlioz's The Damnation of Faust with the Sydney Symphony under their Chief Conductor Edo de Waart

 

1997
Tours to Europe and Singapore

 

1996
Presents Michael Atherton's The Mahogany Ship at the National Maritime Museum. Performance at the World Symposium on Choral Music, Sydney

 

1994
Japan tour with performances in Tokyo, Yokohama, Hamamatsu, Marugame, Nagasaki and Fukushima

 

1993
First performance with the Sydney Symphony in Mahler's Symphony No.8

 

1992
First international tour for the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade to Indonesia and Singapore

 

1990
Sings for Australia Day Celebrations in Darling Harbour

 

1989
The Sydney Children's Choir (SCC) is launched in the Great Hall of The University of Sydney. The performance features a new work and several arrangements by prominent Australian composer Stephen Leek