Australia's National Children's Choir - Gondwana Voices

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Click here to download our 2012 Annual Financial Report

 

Click here to download our 2012 Annual Report

 

New Choristers

 

Sydney Children's Choir has currently filled all its places in 2014.  To submit an enquiry for joining the choir in Semester 2 (July 2014), or the beginning in 2015 please click or email scc@gondwanachoirs.com.au. Children in years 1 & 2 in 2014 are not required to sit an audition.

 

Robertson conducts Williams 

In 2014 Sydney Children's Choir celebrates 25 years of choral music. As part of this celebration alumni from all over the county will join SCC's Senior and Young Men's Choirs to perform three concerts with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in February – Robertson Conducts Williams. Featuring excerpts from some of John Williams most famous scores, such as Star Wars and Harry Potter these concerts will be a spectacular week of music, memories and fun!


SCC Sings on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Just a few days before Christmas, members of SCC Senior Choir woke up before all of Sydney to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge and sing carols for Channel Nine's The Today Show. At dizzying heights above Sydney Harbour, choristers sang two favourite carols from their Voices of Angels repertoire for the cameras and a helicopter! Senior Chorister Beatrice Tucker gave a wonderful interview and despite the tricky conditions, they all sang extremely well!

 

NYE on The Morning Show
Barely a week after singing on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, members of SCC Senior Choir were invited to the Channel 7 Studios to perform Auld Lang Syne on The Morning Show on New Years Eve. To watch the video of their beautiful rendition of this New Years classic, click here. 

Voices of Angels

Sydney Children's Choir's most beloved annual concert: Voices of Angels  was once again held in Sydney's City Recital All, Angel Place in December 2013. Over two fantastic nights, some 350 choristers of Sydney Children's Choir were joined by Gondwana Voices to perform a program of Christmas music from around the world. The choirs were joined by the pre-eminent Goldner String Quartet and was broadcast live around the nation by ABC Classic FM. Click here to listen to the broadcast. .

 

 

SYDNEY CHILDREN’S CHOIR – NEW EP
LEGENDS & DREAMS

Legends & Dreams is a new digital EP that comprises eight musical highlights from the Sydney Children's Choir recorded archive, released to coincide with the Sydney Children’s Choir Summer In Europe tour. The title of the EP is taken from the mystical nature of many of the works, including such gems as Joseph Twist's 'Rain Dream', commissioned for Gondwana in 2007, Lyn Williams' APRA/AMCOS award-winning 'Flock of Stars' and ‘Dominion of Dreams’, as well as Ross Edwards’ enchanting 'Dawn Mantras' written for the turn of the new millennium. This compilation encapsulates the best of the choirs' recordings with ABC Classics to date, and delivers some of the most captivating offerings of Australian choral music. Buy it now on iTunes

 

SYDNEY CHILDREN’S CHOIR SUMMER IN EUROPE TOUR 2013
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.

 

Rehearsing for Evensong at Westminster Abbey

 

Rehearsing for Evensong at Westminster Abbey

 

 

 

Nurturing and Inspiring Sydney’s young singers

 

Would that every city in Australia had such opportunities for its children
Richard Gill OAM, Artistic Director, Victorian Opera

 

Founded in 1989 by Artistic Director Lyn Williams OAM, the Sydney Children’s Choir is held in high regard by music professionals, not only for our artistic excellence, but for our contribution to the Australian cultural landscape; including the more than 100 Australian choral works we have commissioned and premiered.

 

As part of our unique choral training program, we perform with professional ensembles such as the Sydney Symphony, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, and other children’s choirs from around the world, and collaborate with leading visual artists including Michael Leunig and Shaun Tan, and cultural institutions including the Art Gallery of NSW and Powerhouse Museum.

 

Donate Now

 

Accessibility is one of our core values, and we strive to ensure that no suitably talented and enthusiastic child is excluded from our programs due to financial, social or geographical barriers.

 

Help us continue our tradition of excellence and accessibility by making a tax-deductible donation to our Bursary Program.


Your tax-deductible donation will help us continue to offer the young people of Sydney quality music education, exceptional professional performance opportunities and a happy and safe environment in which they can be proud to learn, be inspired, and aspire to excellence, form friendships, and flourish.

 

 

 

Choral singing is essentially non-competitive; we do not sing to be the loudest, the highest or the fastest. Our choristers develop a strong sense of empathy for each other and the younger choristers. They love to help others and this is demonstrated in their willingness to mentor younger singers ... It is a very supportive environment where the abilities of each child are recognised.

 

Learning to perform at a professional level helps young people to develop a strong sense of responsibility and self-awareness. We believe that the greatest discipline comes from within each child – even young choristers have a strong sense of pride in their achievements and understand the satisfaction that comes from artistic excellence. They have very high expectations of themselves and of each other.


Very often we all leave rehearsal on an absolute high.

 

Singing together and striving for a joyful, ringing beautiful sound is a great way to lift our spirits.
Lyn Williams

 

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