Sounds of Australia
July 15, 2019
Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall, Bennelong Point
DescriptionImmerse yourself in the Sounds of the Australia at Sydney Opera House this July, as Australia’s leading choirs for young people come together to celebrate 30 years of Sydney Children’s Choir.
The one night only gala concert kicks off the week-long Gondwana World Choral Festival, which is set to be the greatest gathering of international choirs in Australia this century. More than one thousand young singers from some of the world’s finest choirs will converge on Sydney to join in song on 15 – 21 July 2019.
Described by ABC Classic as “a jewel in the crown of Australian music-making”, Sydney Children’s Choir is a national treasure. Gondwana Choirs’ Artistic Director Lyn Williams AM founded Sydney Children’s Choir in 1989 and gave life to a new and distinctly Australian genre of choral music.
Williams brings her signature flair for programming, conducting and collaborating to this exceptional performance, which will include the world premiere of two new works commissioned by Gondwana: one by celebrated Australian composer Paul Stanhope and the other by leading American classical composer Nico Muhly, who will be making his first Australian appearance.
The Cairns-based Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir and their touring ensemble, Marliya, will join Sydney Children’s Choir and Gondwana Latitude 34, to bring their rich sound and unique repertoire to Sydney. Other performing Australian choirs include Hunter Singers (NSW), Luminescence Children’s Choir (ACT), Resonance of Birralee (QLD), Valla Voices (NSW), and Adelaide Voices (SA).
The concert will feature the extraordinary sitting dances from Aceh that have been developed for stage by Williams and Suara Indonesia Dance.
Each choir will appear in concert multiple times across the week, performing their signature repertoire. The festival program also features a series of recitals, workshops, masterclasses and panel discussions at the festival hub at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
For more information and tickets, go to gondwana-wcf.org.au/whats_on/opening-gala-sydney-opera-house/