Endeavour Harmony Chorus. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Sydney Eisteddfod congratulates Endeavour Harmony Chorus, winner of the Jury vote, and Fort Street High School Chamber Choir, winner of the People's Choice Award, on their recent victories in the Australian Choral Grand Prix. This year, both the Jury Vote and the People’s Choice Award held an equal amount of $4000, allowing for both choirs to come up victorious.
Presented by Sydney Eisteddfod in partnership with the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove, this vibrant and vocal event featured the 8 choirs that stood-out and owned the stage in The John Lamble Foundation Australasian Choral Championships for Open Age and Youth Choirs in June.
Judges Francis Greep and Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith said that with such a high standard of performance and such a diverse program of choral genres deciding on a winner was extremely difficult and after long and considered deliberation awarded the Grand Prix to the choir that had the most polished performance and that moved together.
Endeavour Harmony Chorus took out the prize with their performance of Queen's Somebody to Love, Coldplay's Fix You and Ruiz & Gimbel's Sway.
Fort Street High School Chamber Choir hooked the audiences attention from the moment they took to the stage, singing Bob Chilcott's Swimming Over London, Lyn William's Festive Alleluia and Traditional Syriac Hym, Abun D'bash'maiyo.
Second prize in the People's Choice Awards went to Presbyterian Ladies' College Chamber Choir and Reddam House Middle School Singers received third place.
Presbyterian Ladies' College Chamber Choir won the Award for a performance of a work by and Australian Composer or Arranger with their performance of Waking Dreamer by Annie Kwok.
The level of professionalism and flair shown by every choir that participated made both the judges and the audiences’ job very hard. Each of the choirs that performed should be incredibly proud of their efforts, remembering that they were competing against some of Australia’s best choirs.
Sydney Eisteddfod would like to thank all of the supporter that made this afternoon of incredible choral music possible including: Sydney Grammar School, with special mention to Headmaster Dr John Vallance and the PTW Architects, for their support as a venue partner; prize sponsors The Haggarty Foundation and The Cameron Family; celebrity host Andrew O'Keefe; and, Rotary Club of Sydney.