August 22, 2016
Miranda-based choir Endeavour Harmony Chorus took home a well-deserved trophy yesterday after a fantastic night of lively performances during the Australian Choral Grand Prix, winning a $4,000 prize.
TV personality Andrew O’Keefe captivated the audience with his charisma as 8 amazing choirs in the Open Age and the Youth Choir (19/u) categories owned the New Hall stage at Sydney Grammar School on August 21.
Presented by Sydney Eisteddfod and the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove, the Australian Choral Grand Prix is one of the major events in the Sydney Eisteddfod’s annual calendar.
The audience sang along to songs such as Menken’s Little Shop of Horrors and the Annie Lennox/ David A. Stewart favourite Sweet Dreams.
However, Endeavour Harmony Choir impressed the judges with their performance of Queen's Somebody to Love, Coldplay's Fix You and Ruiz & Gimbel's Sway.
Judge Francis Greep explained that with such a diverse program of choral genres deciding on a winner was extremely difficult. Yet after considered deliberation Endeavour Harmony Chorus had the most polished performance.
“You women are triple threats- absolutely terrific!” said Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith, highlighting the choreography and movement in fact added to the Choirs vocal performance.
The People’s Choice Award went to Fort Street High School Chamber Choir, who were very entertaining with their rendition of Chilcott’s Swimming Over London, Williams’ Festive Alleluia and the Traditional Syriac Hymn Abun D'bash'maiyo. They also received a $4,000 prize.
Second place People’s Choice Award (and $2,000) went to Presbyterian Ladies’ College Chamber Choir while Reddam House Middle School Singersplaced third, winning $1,000.
Presbyterian Ladies' College Chamber Choir also won $1,000 for the Best Performance of a Work by an Australian Composer or Arranger and each finalist also took home a $1,000 prize.
Barker College Copeland Choir (Hornsby) – winners of the 2016 John Lamble Australasian Choral Championship for Primary/Infant School Choir – were guest performers on the event.
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