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Gondwana World Choral Festival

Gondwana World Choral Festival 2019

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The Greatest Gathering of International Choirs in Australia This Century

Gondwana Choirs Sydney Children’s Choir celebrates 30 years of excellence in choral music

For seven days, some of the most esteemed children’s choirs from around the world gathered in Sydney (Australia) to participate in the celebrations of world-renowned Gondwana Choirs Sydney Children’s Choir’s 30th anniversary. Joining a cohort of choirs from around Australia, the festival counted with the participation of internationally acclaimed choirs like the Inner Mongolia Youth Choir (Mongolia), La Cigale de Lyon (France), Toronto Children’s Chorus (Canada), Guandong Experimental Middle School Choir (China), Estonian TV Girl’s Choir (Estonia), Nagoya Children’s Choir (Japan), Riga Cathedral Girls’ Choir TIARA (Latvia), Boston Children’s Chorus (USA) and Miami Children’s Chorus, participating in a series of workshops, open rehearsals and performances at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Sydney Opera House.

There was tangible excitement in the full-to-bursting concert hall, with cheers for the composers, conductors and pianists a sign of the bubbling enthusiasm within the choir stalls and without. There may have been a wide range of ages and experience levels on stage, but there was no doubting the high quality achieved across the board, and in repertoire that certainly didn’t set a low bar.
— Angus McPherson, Limelight Magazine

You can listen to the many concerts that took place during the festival on ABC Classic (link to external site). Here is a selection of the performances in which I participated:

  1. Sounds of Australia - Opening Gala - performing Stephen Leek’s “Waltzing Matilda” with the Young Men’s Choir and Paul Jarman’s “One Pure Voice” with all the combined choirs.

  2. Lunchtime Concert 2 - performing Ralph Vaughan William’s “Orpheus with his Lute” with the Young Men’s Choir.

  3. Lunchtime Concert 3 - performing Ralph Vaughan William’s “Silent Noon”, “Pure Imagination” and “The Hungry Mile” by Australian composer Alice Chance.

  4. Sounds of the World - Closing Gala - performing Christopher Gordon’s “Peace on Earth” with all the combined international Choirs.

You can also check the review that Angus McPherson wrote for Limelight Magazine. For more information about the festival, visit the festival’s official page. If you wish to support the organisation and make a contribution, visit this page.

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Photography by Robert Catto Photography
Video by ABC Classic