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GONDWANA CHOIRS comprises the most accomplished choral groups of young people in Australia. The organisation is synonymous with performance excellence and has a reputation for the highest standards of young people’s choral music in Australia and internationally. When Lyn Williams OAM created the Sydney Children’s Choir in 1989, she wanted audiences to experience the unique and captivating sound of a well-trained children’s choir. From this single choir, the organisation now includes over 500 children in the Sydney Children’s Choir program; 350 choristers, composers and conductors in Gondwana National Choral School; and the choral hubs for the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir in Cairns and Sydney. The SYDNEY CHILDREN’S CHOIR proudly represents Sydney as the most prestigious and well-known vocal program for young singers of school age. Founded as a single ensemble in 1989 by Lyn Williams, it now comprises approximately 500 young people, comprising of performing choirs and training ensembles. The performing ensembles are instantly recognised for their crystal clear sound and known for their precision and discipline, developing through regular training a courageous and compelling performance style. The singers of Sydney Children’s Choir are intimately connected to contemporary and traditional repertoire throughout their training. They are deeply engaged in the creation and presentation of new work at all levels of the program, through collaborations with emerging and established composers. The

body of work created over the past 29 years for the Sydney Children’s Choir is now integral to Australian choral education, and has supported the development of many Australian composers. The Sydney Children’s Choir regularly collaborates with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and has performed at events such as the Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony, World Youth Day, Sydney Festival and with the Youtube Symphony Orchestra. It has toured extensively, including Japan, Finland, China, France, Spain, England and Mongolia. In 2017 the choir toured with Gondwana Voices to the Baltic States and Iceland and hosted Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir and the Vienna Boys’ Choir in Sydney for the major collaboration in the Sydney Opera House, Songs of My Country. Alumni of the Sydney Children’s Choir and other arms of Gondwana Choirs perform in opera companies and orchestras worldwide. They contribute to Australian culture as composers, conductors, music teachers and pop artists they are medical professionals, business leaders and social justice advocates, whose lifelong love of music fostered by Gondwana Choirs draws them to become the next generation of arts practitioners, audiences and philanthropists.

ETERNAL VOICES Thursday 14 June 2018 City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney Conductors Piano Guest Artists

Lyn Williams, Sam Allchurch, Amandine Petit Sally Whitwell, Estella Roche Julian Smiles, cello Alison Pratt, percussion

The Sydney Children’s Choir SCC Young Men’s Choir SCC Junior Performing Choir

PROGRAM Hildegard of Bingen/Williams Bob Chilcott Elena Kats-Chernin

O Eterne Deus Like a Singing Bird Butterflying

Ludovico da Viadana Ralph Vaughan Williams Ralph Vaughan Williams

Exsultate Justi Orpheus with his Lute Silent Noon

Kim André Arnesen

Flight Song

Pablo Casals Kate Miller-Heidke, arr. Dan Walker David Childs Stephen Hatfield

Nigra Sum Where Weep no more Las Amarillas

Michael Bojesen


INTERVAL Bob Chilcott

Five Days that Changed the World i. The Invention of Printing ii. The Abolition of Slavery iii. The First Powered Flight iv. The Discovery of Penicillin v. The First Man in Space

Dan Walker

Moments that Shaped Australia*^ i. A New Sky ii. The Trials of a Pioneer iii. The Voyage of Tagai iv. Port Arthur Memorial v. The Ether of Infinity

*World Premiere Performance ^ Moments that Shaped Australia was commissioned by Lyn Williams OAM This performance is being recorded for archival purposes. Please note that recording of this concert by members of the audience is strictly prohibited.


“Women were everywhere, and their presence … no doubt had a refining influence. Never have we had a more decorous gathering together of the multitude than that which distinguished the first exercise of the female franchise on Saturday April 25, 1896.”


It would be impossible not to recognise the arrival of white Europeans and their subsequent occupation as a defining moment in our history. As we now learn a different and far more balanced account of those early years of colonisation, we also discover heart-warming stories of friendship and understanding. One of these is the story of William Dawes, a young officer within the first fleet and the appointed Astronomer, and Patyegarang, a Cammeraygal woman. As a stargazer, Dawes would often remove himself from the European settlements and its artificial lights, taking up position at what is now known as Dawes Point. From here, secluded from the quickly expanding European occupation, Dawes established relationships with the local harbour people, learning their language and documenting much of this in several journal volumes. A pivotal moment for Dawes came when he was asked to accompany a reprisal attack party after a white officer was killed by a group of local

Much has been written about the campaign for women’s suffrage which led to the passing of the Constitutional Amendment (Adult Suffrage) Act in 1894. This legislation was the result of a decadelong struggle to include women in the electoral process. The key figure in this campaign was Mary Lee, secretary of the Women’s Suffrage League, who agitated for change in the form of letters to magazines and newspapers, public speeches and organised rallies. The text for this work The Trials of a Pioneer draws on speeches and articles by both Mary Lee and other key politicians penned during the lead up to the legislation passing. From these excerpts we get a glimpse not only into the dogged determination and tireless campaigning of Ms Lee, but also the respect she garnered during her fight, from men and women alike. The first South Australian election in which women could participate was held in 1896. The female presence was remarked upon by many newspapers, including the Adelaide Observer, which said:





The use of three different choirs from within Sydney Children’s Choir; Senior Choir, Junior Performing Choir and the Young Men’s Choir, presented me with a wonderful palette from which I could draw a rich variety of colours. I enjoyed pairing each of these choirs off with their own particular movement, as well as utilising their combined sound in the opening and closing moments of the work.

men. Dawes refused to be a part of the revenge killing, returning to England not long after. While the relationship between the young astronomer and Patyegarang has been romanticised over the years, Dawes’ connection with the local people is a story of cohabitation and camaraderie, providing us with a vast amount of insight into the way of life of the traditional inhabitants of Sydney harbour.


In the two hundred and something years that white Europeans have occupied Australia we as a nation have had something of a colourful if not chequered history. There have been many identifiable and specific moments that have come to define us whether we like it or not; moments that have both united and divided us, brought us closer together in times of mourning, and in celebration. The five moments that comprise this work are by no means definitive; indeed, the open nature of the title of the work suggests there may be more to add to the canon, but they are stories we should all be familiar with. Because of this I have chosen not to recreate these moments as historical accounts, but rather tell a particular story that I feel has more of a humanist connection; a specific viewpoint from within each of these moments in history that seeks to frame them in the most positive light I can. As a listener you may also notice that the moments are presented in chronological order.

On May 20, 1982, a group of Meriam men led by Eddie Kioki Mabo brought action against the state of Queensland and the Commonwealth of Australia in the High Court, claiming ‘native title’ to the Murray Islands in the Torres Strait. This case challenged the existing legal system primarily on the assumption that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples had no concept of land ownership before the arrival of British colonisers in 1788. On 3 June 1992, six of the seven High Court judges upheld the claim and





A huge thank you and acknowledgement must go to Benny Bua Mabo for his consultation in the writing of this piece, and his translation of the text into Meriam Mir. A garden with a pond commemorates the victims of Australia’s worst mass murder, which occurred at Port Arthur in Tasmania in April 1996. At the end of that day, 35 people had been killed and another 20 wounded; tourists, mothers and young children, and people the killer had known most of his life were among the dead. This event shook the entire nation, leading to an urgent review of its gun laws. When listening to this particular movement I was striving to put the listener within the serene sanctuary of that garden in Port Arthur; the pure intonation of the tone chimes which open the piece serving as a call to meditation and reflection. The text I have chosen for the work is the poem inscribed on the memorial itself, written by the late Tasmanian author Margaret Scott, which sits alongside the names of all those who were gunned down that day in April 1996:

Death has taken its toll. Some pain knows no release but the knowledge of brave compassion shines like a pool of peace.


Thanks go to Sarah Scott and the Scott family for permission to set these words to music.


While I was researching this topic and learning of the Meriam people, I discovered a beautiful story about Tagai, the Torres Strait’s most celebrated hero. The story tells of a great sea voyage Tagai took along with twelve companions. Not long into the journey, the twelve drank all of the water and ate all of the food that Tagai had prepared for them. Furious, he cast them angrily into the sea, then sets them up in the northern night sky, far away from him, where they now rest as the Pleiades and Orion constellations. This story is a reminder for the Meriam people that sharing, and thoughtfulness are the foundations for everyday life, and that one cannot take what is not rightfully theirs. I felt these sentiments echoed Eddie Mabo’s fight beautifully.

May we who come to this garden cherish life for the sake of those who died. Cherish compassion for the sake of those who gave aid. Cherish peace for the sake of those in pain.


ruled the lands of this continent were not terra nullius when European settlement occurred, and that the Meriam people were ‘entitled as against the whole world to possession, occupation, use and enjoyment of the lands of the Murray Islands’. The Mabo decision and the legal uncertainty that followed in its wake prompted the passing of the Native Title Act 1993, providing recognition and protection of native title.

Australians are a pretty innovative and inventive bunch, coming up with marvels like the Hills Hoist and Vegemite, but one of our greatest accomplishments is undoubtedly the invention of Wi-Fi, and it came from an unlikely sequence of events. Australian scientist Dr John O’Sullivan was exploring radio waves emanating from evaporating black holes, but the signals O’Sullivan and his team were trying to study had travelled vast distances and were far too small and distorted by the matter they had passed through. What they needed was a tool that helped isolate and identify these tiny signals. Unfortunately for the team, they never found what they were looking for but, lucky for us, they found a better use for the technology they had built. In the 1990’s, O’Sullivan was working at CSIRO and had been tasked to invent a way for computers to communicate without the use of wires. Remembering the technology he had used to detect the infinitesimally small radio wave signals from the decaying black holes, he reworked it. The mathematics of his older device provided the basis for wireless communication, detecting weak and fuzzy radio signals in the noisiest of environments. Today, Wi-Fi technology is everywhere, and it’s hard to imagine life without it. I wanted the concluding piece in this set of five works to be a celebration of Australian inventiveness and innovation. And while we may have a long way to go in being truly forward thinking as a nation, it’s nice to know we are capable of creating the most wondrous ways of bringing people closer together.



- Artistic Director

Lyn Williams is Australia’s leading director of choirs for young people, having founded two internationally renowned choirs: Sydney Children’s Choir in 1989 and the national children’s choir, Gondwana Voices, in 1997. Lyn Williams’ exceptional skill in working with young people is recognised internationally for its high artistic quality and ground-breaking innovation. Lyn has also toured extensively internationally with her choirs to Europe, Asia and North and Central America. Highlights include with Gondwana Voices at the 2007 BBC Proms; Sydney Children’s Choir in 2013 at the Palau de la Música, Barcelona, and the internationally acclaimed Polyfollia festival in France; and in 2017, Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir’s first major tour to Germany, Slovenia and Vienna. Lyn has conducted many major professional choirs and orchestras in Australia, including the Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. She has been Music Director and Conductor for a number of major events, including the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. Lyn was awarded the Australia Council for the Arts’ prestigious Don Banks Music Award in 2018 for outstanding and sustained contribution to music in Australia in recognition of her lifework as founder and director of Gondwana Choirs. In 2004, she received the Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of her services to the Arts. She also received the NSW State Award at the 2006 Classical Music Awards for her long-term contribution to the advancement of Australian music. Lyn is a Churchill Fellow and also a composer, winning the 2009 APRA-Australian Music Centre Vocal/ Choral Work of the Year for her work A Flock of Stars.


Recognised as one of Australia’s most exciting emerging choral conductors, Sam Allchurch is establishing a reputation for artistic excellence. He holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) and a Diploma in Languages (German) from the University of Melbourne. In 2012 he was awarded a Gates Scholarship to undertake a Master of Music (Choral Studies) at Cambridge University where he studied with Stephen Layton and Geoffrey Webber. Sam currently conducts for Gondwana Choirs, with a focus on changing male voices and symphonic preparation, working alongside Artistic Director and Founder Lyn Williams OAM. In April 2017, Sam conducted the Sydney Chamber Choir in a program of German romantic music and in November 2017, was announced as the Music Director of the ensemble from 2019, succeeding Richard Gill AO. Sam also enjoys working with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, and the Choirs of St James King St and Christ Church St Laurence.


Head of the Sydney Children’s Choir training choirs, Amandine Petit was born France and moved to Australia in 2007. She completed her Master’s degree musicology in Strasbourg at the Université Marc Bloch and gained a bachelor performance in singing and choir conducting at the Conservatoire de Musique Strasbourg.

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In Australia, Amandine has worked as singing teacher and choir conductor with prominent schools including SCEGGS Darlinghurst, the Sydney Conservatorium High School and Sydney’s International Grammar School, Lycée Condorcet. In her current role with Gondwana Choirs, Amandine conducts the Atherton, Stanhope, Twist and Whitwell choirs. Amandine’s soprano singing career has seen her perform with the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra Choir, Chamber Choir of Strasbourg, Quatuor Sotto Voce, Sydney Chamber Choir, Cantillation, The Parsons Affayre and The French Revue. She has recorded with The Parsons Affayre and the innovative Eminence Symphony Orchestra.


Dual ARIA Award winning musician Sally Whitwell maintains a busy freelance career as pianist and composer. Her fifth solo album, and her first double album, Complete Etudes for Solo Piano by Philip Glass is due for release through ABC Classics/ Universal in February 2018. As a composer she has had several works premiered in 2017, including Face to the Sun for Acacia Quartet, Seven Stories for Ensemble Offspring, Three Sketches for Bellingen Youth Orchestra, and the premiere workshop production of her first full length stage musical Unrequited based on the novel of the same name by her co-writer Emma Grey, which was published recently by Harper Collins Australia. She is currently working on commissions for recorder virtuoso Alicia Crossley with the Enigma Quartet, a massed choir/orchestral work for the Music Academy at Canberra Girls Grammar and a new work for piano and electronics for Argo Ensemble, Brisbane.


Born in Sydney, Estella Roche was raised in country New South Wales. She graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in piano performance. Her other music qualifications include the Licentiate Diploma in Piano (AMEB and Trinity College). She also earned a Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University. Estella’s music career has included Young Artist Repetiteur with both Opera Australia and Opera Queensland. Her association with Gondwana Choirs began in 2014 when she worked with the Sydney Children’s Choir as a casual pianist beginning with the 2014 Choral camp. Since then, she has become a regular pianist with various Gondwana choirs. Other organisations that Estella has performed with include Opera Queensland, Opera Australia, Sydney Philharmonia, Pacific Opera and the Sydney Conservatorium Opera Unit.


Julian Smiles has been a central figure in cello performance and teaching in Australia for over 25 years. He began his professional career when he was appointed principal cellist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra at the age of 19. Since 1991 he has been cellist with Australia Ensemble@UNSW and in 1995 formed the Goldner String Quartet with colleagues Dene Olding, Dimity Hall and Irina Morozova, with which he has performed to critical acclaim at major venues and festivals throughout the world, made over 30 CDs on leading labels, and premièred many works by Australian and international composers. Julian is Lecturer in Cello at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He is also active as a soloist, having performed with orchestras around Australia. Recent artistic collaborations include such musicians as Piers Lane, Daniel de Borah, Bernadette Harvey, Dimity Hall and James Crabb and he appears regularly as a guest artist with Selby and Friends. During 2018 Julian is being featured by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra as their inaugural Artist in Focus.

ALISON PRATT - Percussion

Perth born and educated, Alison has been working as a free-lance percussionist since 1990. She was the first percussionist to win the ABC Young Performer of the Year (1995) and as performed with Australia’s leading ensembles, including The Sydney Symphony, The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, The Australian Chamber Orchestra and The Seymour Group. Alison was the WA Young Australian of the Year Award (Arts) and was awarded an Australia Council grant in 2000 to study in Stockholm with Anders Loguin, Artistic Director of the Kroumata percussion ensemble. Alison toured extensively throughout Australia and internationally with Sydney Dance Company’s production of Free Radicals and was a member of Australia’s flagship percussion ensemble Synergy from 1997-2012. She has been on staff at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music since 1995.


THE SYDNEY CHILDREN’S CHOIR Jasmine Delaney Scarlett Alfoldi Adrian Escudero-Genc Amy Andresson Jared Atherton Iris Farrer Holly Boswell Annalise Giezekamp Astrid Girdis Joel Brookes Gemma Golding Keala Burns Sophie Greenfield Maja Chesterman Beatrice Colombis Tovia Jakovsky-Coleman Stella Constable Asher Joyce Eleanor Labi Emma Corcoran Sophia Lauber Charlotte Crowe Alice Dawson-Damer Jiayi Liu Belle MacLeod Annika Deitz

Ruth McKay Mia Mead Stella Milton Eloise Morrison Lily Mullen Jade Ng Elise Nolte Alexandra Raleigh Jacinta Rees Ruby Scott-Wishart Freddy Shaw Lucy Sheller Gabriella Silberstein

Elsa Susnjara Ben Sweeney Sebastian Tan Eva Tarbox Jedda Thorley Sasha Trevelyan Veronica Vella Sophie Whatling Emily Winton Lotti Wonhas

YOUNG MEN’S CHOIR Oscar Drew Jacob Agoo Oscar Bortolin-Atriano Oliver Golding Liam Green James Brew Dominic Grimshaw Samarai Cunio Abraham Darley Ezra Hersch Samuel Jones Gabriel Dillon Gabriel Kam Lachlan Donlevy

Jonathon Kelley Ryan Kumulia Paolo Lieghio Jude Moloney Matthew Ren Kiyan Rowshan Andrew Smallbone

Piet Tombs Archie Tulk Sebastian Wright Allyn Wu Nikita Zaika Kevin Zhu

JUNIOR PERFORMING CHOIR Charlotte Blenkhorn Miranda Johnston Patrick Cassidy Lucia Juarez Seyna Catzel Jemma Kenny Claudia Chan Hayley Kepert Yuna Cho Sienna Langenheim Leah Colleran Matthew Lee Dashel Eck Cyrus Leung Isabelle Epps Caleb McKay Lara Goodman Lola Mead Clara Green Thalia Michaels Zoe Humberstone Tahlia Mitsios Rhea Jayaram Paisley Motum Athena Jiang Jasmine Ng

Anastasia Nguyen Abbie O’Toole Sophie Oates Marcus Ogden Grace Patching Esme Power Carmela Reznik Poppy Rohanna Paul Rowan Eleonora Speyer Scout Tardent-Tong Jasper Tops Annabel Twomey

Anna Tyquin Gabrielle Utian Hanna Wallace Jamie Wallace Jocelyn Wang Chelsea Wilson Erin Winsbury Lara Winsbury Jenna Wright Emma Yap Nicole Yun’Lam


PATRONS OF SYDNEY CHILDREN’S CHOIR His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales, and Mrs Linda Hurley BOARD Kate Lidbetter, Chair Tessa Boyd-Caine Nicholas James Caroline Sharpen

Lyn Williams OAM David Longmuir Karen Mundine

ADMINISTRATION Lyn Williams OAM Bernie Heard

Founder & Artistic Director General Manager

Sam Allchurch Lachlan Cameron Emma Carson Wendy Cundy Francis Greep Susan Hart Liz Herbert Shabnam Hinton Heather Kelley Alice Neldner Amandine Petit Jerome Studdy

Artistic Administrator Artistic Coordinator Projects Manager Accounts Administrator Development Manager Finance Manager Marketing Manager Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir Coordinator Chorister Manager Cairns Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir Coordinator Head of Sydney Children’s Choir Training Choirs Sydney Children’s Choir Coordinator

SYDNEY CHILDREN’S CHOIR ARTISTS Artistic Director Lyn Williams Associate Conductor Elizabeth Vierboom Principal Pianist Sally Whitwell Conductors Sam Allchurch, Erica Byrne, Bronwyn Cleworth, Ruth McCall, Atalya Masi, Amandine Petit, Anna Sandstrom, Hester Wright Pianists Antonio Fernandez, Estella Roche, Heinz Schweers SUPERVISORS Thank you to all of our parent volunteers and rehearsal supervisors for your contribution to Gondwana Choirs. You are an integral part of our organisation.


The performers of the Sydney Children’s Choir that you see on the stage tonight are the bright lights of tomorrow. Why do I say this? Because this concert has been shaped directly by these young choristers. Their thoughtful input in what we will hear remind us that although not all is right in our world, we can acknowledge our past to positively inform our future, with music being the universal language that connects us all to the messages they wish us to hear. I will be listening intently – I hope you will too. Elaine Chia CEO, City Recital Hall ABOUT CITY RECITAL HALL City Recital Hall produces, presents and hosts a rich and diverse program of concerts and events, embracing all genres and art forms from chamber orchestras to opera, contemporary ensembles to bands, talks and debates and festival events. Our home at the centre of the vibrant Angel Place laneways precinct in the heart of Sydney is a world-class, purpose-built performance space, loved by audiences and performers alike for its unbeatable acoustics. We welcome you to City Recital Hall to discover, connect and socialise and hope you leave stimulated and energised. CITY RECITAL HALL BOARD Renata Kaldor AO (Chair), Timothy Cox AO (Deputy Chair), Helen Bauer, The Hon. Justice Elizabeth Fullerton, Kerri Glasscock, Marcus McArdle, Carol Mills, Maria Sykes, Louise Walsh CEO Elaine Chia CITY RECITAL HALL STAFF Annette Alderson, Poppy Burnett, Timothy Cramsie, Cynthia Crespo, Caroline Davis, Keith Foote, Linly Goh, Andrew Hudson, Vanessa Knox, Chris Mathers, Graham Parsons, Anthony Rich, Jane Sawkins, Joan Shortt-Smith, Jayden Spillane, Jessica Statham, Amy Vitucci, Nadine Wheeler Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @CityRecitalHall 2 Angel Place, Sydney NSW 2000 Administration 02 9231 9000 Box Office 02 8256 2222 Website cityrecitalhall.com




SAT 4 AUG 7.30PM

WED 22 AUG 7.30PM



Presented by City Recital Hall and Sydney Chamber Choir A gala event applauding composer Ross Edwards’ inimitable creativity, encompassing his own works alongside both the music that has inspired him and the music he himself has inspired in others. Featuring the talents of Sydney Chamber Choir and percussion virtuosi Synergy.

Presented by City Recital Hall and The Hush Foundation ACO Collective will showcase the artistry of six established and six emerging Australian composers who were commissioned by The Hush Foundation to write music inspired by their time spent with young people with chronic illness and mental health challenges in children’s hospitals across the country.

SUN 16 SEP 2.30PM

Presented by City Recital Hall Travel back to 1930s Germany and the golden age of cabaret with Robyn Archer and her band for a truly authentic interpretation of the repertoire of the times - raucous, funny, steeped in musical harmony and political discord, and often frighteningly relevant to our twenty-first century world.

Presented by City Recital Hall The improvisational dexterity of acclaimed composer, pianist and polymath Paul Grabowsky meets the haunting vocals of Australian singer and songwriter Lior, as together they reinvent some of Lior’s most cherished songs such as This Old Love and Bedouin Song.

THU 20 SEP 7.30PM



City of Sydney is a Principal Sponsor of City Recital Hall



Principal Partner, Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir

Gondwana Choirs is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW



GOVERNMENT PARTNERS Indigenous Languages and Arts


EDUCATION PARTNERS Cairns State High School Conservatorium High School

University of New South Wales The University of Notre Dame Australia


The opportunity to perform around the world, collaborate with peers from different cultures and be part of the creation of new work is just part of the Gondwana Choirs experience. By supporting Gondwana Choirs and the vision of Lyn Williams, you too can give young people the opportunity to find their voice and share it with the world. Find out more at gondwana.org.au/support-us Thank you to all who have supported Gondwana Choirs in the financial year 2017/18*: ARTISTIC DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE Donations $20,000 & above

Vicki Olsson Samway Family

Shaw Family Anonymous (1)


Christine Bishop Martin Dickson AM & Susie Dickson Daryl & Kate Dixon National Choral School Visiting Artists Patrons

O’Brien Foundation Lyn Williams OAM Jill Wran Sydney Children’s Choir Composer-InResidence Patron

In loving memory of Aisne & Ross Krieg, Magda & Ferenc Kozák INNOVATIONS PATRONS GOLD Donations $2000 – $5000

Kate Lidbetter & Peter Kerin Mitchell Family

Grimshaw Family Anonymous (2)


Belinda Ashe and David Duncan Alexandra Cameron-Fraser Rosemary Curtin & Alex Wonhas Katy Evans Richard & Mary Evans Gorbatov Family Kains Family Darryl & Katherine Hodgkinson Robyn Martin-Weber Miller Cohen Family in memory of Leora *Correct at time of publishing

Dr Donna M O’Sullivan Elizabeth Penington Anna Robilliard Vanessa & Mark Rohanna Robert & Jenny Rowland Thomas-Cetinich Family Ray Wilson OAM in memory of James Agapitos OAM Anonymous (3)


How incredibly proud we are of the young people who make up Gondwana Choirs. Our mission is to collaborate with the most distinguished colleagues across the country, tell our magnificent stories through song and nurture the young voices who make up Gondwana Choirs. From our beginnings almost 30 years ago, creativity has been a constant. Through the vision of Artistic Director and Founder Lyn Williams, Gondwana Choirs has created an entirely new genre – Australian choral music. We take pride in our long-standing collaborations with Australian composers. Tonight’s concert is no exception, with music by Elena Kats-Chernin, Gondwana Voices alumna Kate Miller-Heidke and the world premiére of a major new work by Dan Walker. Lyn has the extraordinary ability to turn an original idea into something tangible, into something that changes perceptions of what is possible. She has created an environment where young people have unique experiences that, for them, are normal. When you experience our choristers performing music for which Gondwana Choirs is known, you experience joy – joy at being part of a shared experience and joy at watching such thoroughly engaged young people. For our choristers, singing in our ensembles is to experience excellence built upon joy. Our sense of adventure is untamed. We will not sit back and do the minimum – we will aim as high as we can. How incredibly proud we are of our Marliya choristers from Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir and their performance of Spinifex Gum at the Adelaide Festival: “Fresh, hopeful, strong and proud, these young women have taken their place in the spotlight; their voices not only fill the theatre in which they perform, but also embed into the hearts of the audience.” In Daily Thank you for being part of this community. Support from so many individuals has made it possible to achieve so much over the past 29 years and I invite you to join with Gondwana Choirs into our 30th year and be part of this wonderful artistic adventure. Francis Greep Development Manager, Gondwana Choirs francis.greep@gondwana.org.au | 02 8278 7010 You can make your gift of support at secure.gondwana.org.au/donate

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Eternal voices  

Timeless music by Hildegard of Bingen and Elena Kats-Chernin is captured by the pure, uplifting voices of the Sydney Children's Choir. The p...

Eternal voices  

Timeless music by Hildegard of Bingen and Elena Kats-Chernin is captured by the pure, uplifting voices of the Sydney Children's Choir. The p...