The Sydney Children’s Choir

 

PATRONS

Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of New South Wales, and Mr Dennis Wilson.

The Sydney Children’s Choir proudly represents Sydney as the most prestigious and well-known vocal program for young singers of school age.  It is one of the world’s leading treble vocal ensembles, having forged a reputation for artistic innovation and spell-binding performance over 30 years. They are instantly recognised for their crystal-clear sound and known for their precision and artistry. They possess a courageous and compelling performance style. Founded as a single ensemble by Lyn Williams AM in 1989, it now includes approximately 500 young people, comprising of performing choirs and training ensembles.

Close to the choir’s heart is its repertoire of over 100 specially commissioned works, and it continues to premiere new music from leading and emerging composers annually. The choir enjoys rich artistic collaborations with musicians from a wide range of cultures such as Suara Indonesia Dance, and Mongolian singer and horsehead fiddle player, Bukhchuluun Ganburged.

The choir frequently collaborates with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and other leading ensembles, and has worked with conductors including Michael Tilson-Thomas, David Robertson and Vladimir Ashkenazy. Over the decades it has performed at many high-profile events including the Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony, World Youth Day, Sydney Festival and with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. The choir tours extensively both nationally and internationally, presenting their trademark performances of contemporary Australian music to new audiences across the globe.

In 2019, the choir celebrated its 30th anniversary with the spectacular Gondwana World Choral Festival, which brought the world’s finest children’s choirs to Sydney for a week of 21 performances at the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Conservatorium of Music, broadcast on ABC Classic. At the Festival, Sydney Children’s Choir gave the world premiere of Only I by acclaimed American composer Nico Muhly and I am Martuwarra by Paul Stanhope.

In 2020, the choir will tour to Japan to give concerts in Tokyo, Nagoya, Kobe and Osaka and to Melbourne to perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. In addition they will present their annual Eternal Voices (June) and Voices of Angels (December) concerts at the City Recital Hall.

In 2019 the Western Sydney Children’s Choir program was established, with the first of several hubs created in Fairfield. In partnership with STARTTS, Fairfield Public School, and through funding from the Crown Foundation, this program will grow over the next three years to draw children from refugee communities across the local area, and establishing a second choral hub in 2020 in Blacktown, in partnership with the Blacktown Arts Centre.

All three Sydney Children’s Choir performing ensembles, The Sydney Children’s Choir, SCC Young Men’s Choir and SCC Junior Performing Choir, are available for private engagements, recordings and performances.

Please direct your inquiries regarding availability, fees and travel costs to Gondwana Choirs’ Artistic Producer Sarah Thomas via email.

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