Gondwana Choirs is Australia's most dynamic choral organisation. It is internationally renowned for artistic excellence and innovation in the development of a unique Australian choral voice for young people.
Gondwana Choirs consists of several different choirs.
Sydney Children's Choir,
Gondwana National Choirs, including:
Gondwana Voices (the national children's choir of Australia),
Gondwana Chorale (the national youth choir of Australia),
Gondwana National Indigenous Children's Choir,
Structure and constituents:
Gondwana Choirs, founded in August 1989, is a not-for-profit company based in Sydney. It relies on support from the public, as well as government and philanthropic organisations to run its activities across Australia. As well as offering free musical education to young Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people through the Gondwana National Indigenous Children's Choir, it offers bursaries to financially disadvantaged choristers in Sydney Children's Choir and the Gondwana National choirs.
Sydney Children's Choir is Gondwana Choirs' original choir, offering weekly rehearsals to young people aged 6-17 from across Sydney. The Sydney Children's Choir regularly performs with ensembles such as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, and at major cultural events, including the International Society for Music Education Conference in Beijing 2010.
Gondwana Voices is the original, truly national Australian children's choir, founded in 1997. It includes young people aged 10-16 from right across Australia. Gondwana Voices has been invited to tour internationally, including a 2007 tour to perform at the prestigious BBC Proms, a 2011 tour to the United States and Canada, and an invitation to represent Australia at the World Choral Summit in Beijing 2012. They have also performed at major events such as the Melbourne Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies and recorded several CDs with ABC Classics.
Gondwana Chorale, founded in 2006, is a SATB choir for singers aged 17-25. The Chorale is designed to cater for ex-Voices members and male singers with changed voices. In 2011 it made its first international tour to New Zealand.
Gondwana Singers is for young people aged 13-16, on the verge of gaining entry into Gondwana Voices or Gondwana Chorale, including boys with changed/changing voices as well as treble voices.
Junior Gondwana is Gondwana Choirs' entry-level training choir which caters for children with treble voices aged 10-13 years old.
Gondwana National Indigenous Children's Choir is Gondwana Choirs' newest choir. GNICC offers Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander young people, aged 8-16, the opportunity to join their peers from across Australia, participate in first-class musical education, and represent their culture on the world stage. All GNICC activities are made available at no cost to participating children, their schools or communities.
Each year in January, after national auditions, Gondwana Choirs runs a National Choral School, which is a two-week camp offering intensive rehearsals, workshops and activities, and culminating in two performances. Some of the national choirs may then undertake one or more tours throughout the year. Associated with the National Choral School is a composer school, a conducting academy and 'Kids's Choral Academy' (a one week, non-residential programme for 8 - 12 year olds).
Honours and awards:
Gondwana Choirs received the APRA/AMCOS 2012 Award for Excellence in a Regional Area for their Cairns Residency Project.
Gondwana Choirs received the APRA/AMCOS 2012 Award for Excellence in Music Education for its 2011 Program.
The founder and musical director of Gondwana Choirs, Lyn Williams, was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia "For service to the arts as founder and Director of the Sydney Childrens Choir and Gondwana Voices". Williams was also awarded the Australian Centenary Medal.
Sydney Symphony Orchestra; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Sydney Children's Choir; Gondwana Voices; Sydney Philharmonia Choirs; Adelaide Symphony Chorus; West Australian Symphony Orchestra Chorus; Sara Macliver; Twyla Robinson; Marina Shaguch; Dagmar Peckova; Bernadette Cullen; Simon O'Neill; Markus Eiche; Martin Snell, Mahler: Symphony No.8: Symphony Of A Thousand, ABC Classics, retrieved 25 January 2013 ,
Paul Mac; Bob Evans; Sydney Children's Choir; Guy Gross; Missy Higgins; Operator Please; Persian Rugs; Surfer Rosa; Danielle Catanzariti; Sara Storer; Chasing Bailey; Bob Evans; Ilan Kidron & Glass (2008). Hey hey it's Esther Blueburger original soundtrack. Distributed by EMI Music Australia. Retrieved 27 January 2013. ,
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Gondwana Voices; Kats-Chernin, Elena. Deep sea dreaming; Finn, Neil. Little fish; Walker, Daniel. Wanderer; Stanhope, Paul. Songs of innocence and joy; Williams, Lyn. 1963-. Festive Alleluia; O'Leary, Mark, (Conductor.); Dean, Brett. To look yet not find; Leek, Stephen. Ngana; McDonald, Anna. King Jesus hath a gardner; Childs, David. Weep no more; Caccini, Giulio. Ave Maria; Leek, Stephen. Morning tide; Leek, Stephen. Island songs; Leek, Stephen. New Gondwana; Kats-Chernin, Elena. Memorial rag (2006), Dreamings, ABC Classics, retrieved 25 January 2013 ,
Carl Orff; Antony Walker; Australian Virtuosi; Synergy; Cantillation; Sydney Children's Choir; Jonathan Summers; Sara Macliver; Paul McMahon. Carmina Burana. Deutsche Grammophon, ABC Classics. OCLC 721031346. Retrieved 27 January 2013. Edition for voices, two pianos and percussion (1936/1956). ,
Various (2000). The Games Of The XXVII Olympiad: Official Music From The Opening Ceremony (CD). Sony Music, BMG Australia. ASIN B00004Z1CY. 5005345000. Retrieved 3 February 2013. ,
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Hey, Hey, It's Esther Blueburger (2008),
Happy Feet (2006),
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
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