World’s finest international children’s choirs join in song at Gondwana World Choral Festival
Address: Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall, Bennelong Point, NSW
Date: 15 - 21 July 2019
Buy / Ticket: https://gondwanachoirs.iwannaticket.com.au/
Call: 02 9361 9900
The diverse international guest choirs include Boston Children’s Chorus, USA; Estonian Television Girls’ Choir, Estonia; La Cigale de Lyon, France; Guangdong Experimental Middle School Choir, China; Inner Mongolia Youth Choir, China; Nagoya Children’s Choir, Japan; Riga Cathedral Girls’ Choir TIARA, Latvia; and Toronto Children’s Chorus, Canada. Host choirs include Sydney Children’s Choir; Gondwana Indigenous Choir, and their big sisters, Marliya (Cairns); and Gondwana Latitude 34. Other performing Australian choirs include Hunter Singers (NSW), Luminescence Children’s Choir (ACT), Resonance of Birralee (QLD), Valla Voices (NSW), and Young Adelaide Voices (SA).
The week-long event is hosted by Gondwana Choirs to celebrate three decades of Gondwana, which began when Artistic Director Lyn Williams AM founded the Sydney Children’s Choir in 1989 and gave life to a new and distinctly Australian genre of choral music.
The festival begins with an opening gala concert – Sounds of Australia – at Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on Monday, 15 July at 7pm, with an all Australian line-up: Sydney Children’s Choir, Cairns-based Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir and Gondwana Latitude 34. Festivities culminate with the Sounds of the World closing gala concert at Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on Sunday, 21 July at 3pm, which boasts the greatest variety of choirs ever heard under one roof. For the first time, Sydney Children’s Choir will perform alongside all international guest choirs and their artistic directors. Tickets $35-99 plus booking fees.
Each choir will appear in concert multiple times across the week, performing their signature repertoire, including music from their homeland. The festival program also features a series of recitals, workshops, masterclasses and panel discussions at the festival hub at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
The Sounds of Australia gala concert includes the world premiere of two new works: one by Australian composer Paul Stanhope, and another by leading American classical composer Nico Muhly, who will make his first Australian appearances at the festival.
For tickets and more information, please visit gondwana-wcf.org.au