Gondwana Chorale

 

Australia’s national youth choir, Gondwana Chorale, was established in 2008. Its members come from throughout Australia and range in age from 17 – 26. They perform music that is close to their hearts: new Australian works which capture the mystery and grandeur of our land and display the cultural diversity of the Australian people. The work of the choir is a powerful expression of the determination of young Australians to work together to create extraordinary musical ensembles. For the past five years, the choir has been conducted by Paul Holley OAM, Associate Director of Birralee Voices and Carl Crossin OAM, Head of the Elder Conservatorium of Music.

The sound of Gondwana Chorale is vibrant and energetic, indicative of their intensive rehearsal process and the joy of being together. The choir has performed nationally in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Tasmania. International tours have included New Zealand (2011) and UK and France (2013). In 2015 the choir formed the Gondwana Centenary Chorale with young singers from and Turkey, France and New Zealand to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign, giving the world premiere of James Ledger’s War Music with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

In February 2017 Gondwana Chorale toured the USA for the first time. The choir prepared for the tour with intensive rehearsals at Gondwana National Choral School. Paul Holley and Carl Crossin led the 43 choristers in an adventurous program that featured emerging composers Alice Chance, Joseph Twist, Luke Byrne and Daniel Brinsmead. A tour highlight was performing with host choirs USC Chamber Singers, Redlands Chapel Singers, Stanford Chamber Chorale, Temple University Concert Choir and Boston City Singers.

The choir will undertake a major tour of the UK and Baltic States following National Choral School 2019.

UK and Baltic States (2019)

USA (2017)
Gondwana Chorale toured to the USA with an adventurous program that featured emerging composers Alice Chance, Joseph Twist, Luke Byrne and Daniel Brinsmead. Performances took place in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston and Cambridge Massachusetts.

Gondwana Centenary Chorale, Sydney (2015)
In April 2015, singers from Gondwana Chorale joined with choristers from Turkey, France and New Zealand in a project to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli Landings with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. This moving musical tribute featured the Australian premiere of a new orchestral work by James Ledger.

New Zealand  (2011)
The Gondwana Chorale tour to New Zealand in 2011 included a residential season with the world class New Zealand Youth Choir. The choir also performed with the Westlake Girls and Westlake Boys High Schools, two of New Zealand’s premier youth choirs. Gondwana Chorale also travelled to Wellington to perform at the internationally renowned Te Papa Museum.

For booking information for this choir please contact Artistic Administrator, Sam Allchurch –

Email – sam.allchurch@gondwana.org.au
Phone – 02 9361 9905