Choral Champions

Sydney Eisteddfod Announces the 2021 Choral Champions!


Published: 26/08/2021 10:00am

Sydney Eisteddfod's annual Choral Championship Finals attract the most magnificent choirs from across the country. 

The Finalists who were selected in 2021 proved their outstanding talent in our choral events earlier this year, undertaken via video submission for the first time in Sydney Eisteddfod's history.

Whilst we were unable to hold a live event to showcase ouchoral finalist groups in 2021; 


and now...


Our passionate choral championship adjudicators have worked hard to select the winning performances for the 2021 Australasian Open Choral Championship and the 2021 John Lamble Foundation Australasian Championship for Youth Choirs. 

In the Sydney Eisteddfod Australasian Open Choral Championship, adjudicators Jonathon Welch AM and Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith awarded FIRST PLACE to:

Newcastle Chamber Choir (Newcastle West)!

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Their winning repertoire included a mesmerising performance of 'Sleep' by Eric Whitacre which contrasted with their wonderful rendition of 'El Hambo' by Jaakko Mäntyjärvi. 

In the John Lamble Foundation Australasian Championship for Youth Choirs (19/u) & Open Primary Choir, adjudicators Jonathon Welch AM and Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith awarded FIRST PLACE to:

Frensham Madrigals (Mittagong)!

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Their two winning performances included the prayerful song 'Tulit Ergo' by Michael Spencer and their captivating and entertaining performance of 'Since You've Been Gone' by Aretha Franklin and Ted White, arranged by Michael Spencer. 

Judges Jonathon Welch AM and Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith extend their congratulations to all choirs on their performances.

Sarah Penicka-Smith passes on the following message to all the Choral Finalists:

"I would love all the choirs to know that it was a genuine pleasure to spend the weekend on my couch watching all of them ... despite everyone feeling like we might be reaching peak choir-Zoom any moment, seeing the high level of singing, the courage in repertoire selection, and just how many choirs managed to squeeze in some truly fabulous music-making around Covid restrictions, reminded me that we’ll all get through this okay.

"What a truly amazing, dedicated and passionate community the choral world is - bravo, bravissimo to every single one of you."

Sydney Eisteddfod would like to extend their sincere thanks to 2021 choral sponsors, The Federated Music Clubs of Australia and The John Lamble Foundation, The Cameron Family and The Sydney Choral Symposium. Without their generous and ongoing support, these events would not be possible.


Another year over! We cannot wait to do it all again in 2022.