2 September 2014
Inner West choirs claimed first and third places in the Australian Choral Grand Prix that Sydney Eisteddfod presented in partnership with the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove recently presented at the Concourse Concert Hall at Chatswood.
Carrying a total prize purse of $28,000, the event is the most valuable choral competition of its type offered in Australia and, this year, it was strongly contested by choirs that placed first or second in the Sydney Eisteddfod John Lamble Foundation Australian Choral Championships in June.
The Fort Street High School Chamber Choir took top honours and won the $10,000 first prize, along with a magnificent trophy. With just 18 choristers, this choir was the smallest contestant in this event, but although it probably had fewer supporters in the audience than its rivals, it gave such a stunning performance, it picked up such a large share of the impartial vote, it confirmed its excellence by winning the $1,000 People’s Choice Award.
Conducted by Alex Pringle and accompanied by Chris Carter, the choir scored Its victory singing Rosan Pandan by George Hernandez, The Moron’s Bark by Ben Van Tiernen and Run To You by The Pentatonix. The choir finished second in this contest when it was first offered last year and this second victory clearly moves it into a class of its own.
The Sydney Conservatorium Chamber Choir finished in second place, marginally ahead of the Shine Chorus from Canada Bay. Conducted by Jung Hye Kim, this outstanding Korean ethnic choir, made up of singers of all ages who clearly enjoy lifting their voices in songs of praise. It members were delighted with their placing and will undoubtedly make good use of their $3,000 prize.
For immediate release
Jennie Lees, PhD
Media Liaison & Public Information