Endeavour Harmony Chorus, winners of The John Lamble Foundation Australasian Open Choral Championship in 2016. Photo: WinkiPop Media
The 2016 John Lamble Foundation Australasian Choral Championships took place on Sunday 19 June, presenting a jam-packed program and entertaining audiences from morning till night!
The first congratulations is extended to Barker College Copeland Choir, winners of The John Lamble Foundation Australasian Championship for Primary/Infant School Choirs. Despite their young age, the Hornsby choir produced a beautiful sound in their performances of Seal Lullaby (by Eric Whitacre) and Butterflying (Elena Kats-Chernin), conducted by Wayne Chang. A close second place went to Waitara Voices from Waitara Public School and third prize was awarded to Hunter School of the Performing Arts Primary Vocal Ensemble.
Sydney Eisteddfod would also like to congratulate Fort Street High School Chamber Choir on their win in The John Lamble Foundation Australasian Championship for Youth Choirs (19/u). The Choir performed Swimming Over London (by Bob Chilcott), Festive Alleluia (by Lyn Williams) and Abun D'bash'maiyo (a traditional Syriac Hymm arranged by Mark Templeton) under the baton of Alex Pringle and had the audience enthralled from the first line of their set. Reddam House Middle School Singers came runner up and Brigidine College Senior Vocal Ensemble followed in third place.
Finally, Endeavour Harmony Chorus were crowned winners of The John Lamble Foundation Australasian Open Choral Championship presenting Sway (by Pablo Ruiz and Norman Gimbel), All the Way (James van Huesen and Sammy Cahn), Fix You (Chris Martin and Guy Berryman) and My Island Home (Neil Murray) conducted by Lea Baker. All members of the choir were singing to their full ability, giving a sensational performance. Shine Chorus took out second place and Sydney Vocal Project placed third in this event. All three performed fabulously making it very hard for the judges to decide on the placings.
Sydney Eisteddfod is extremely proud of the efforts displayed by all the choirs that performed and the overall success of the day.