This Friday nine incredible choirs will take to the stage in the John Lamble Australasian Championship and the Australasian Open Choral Championship. After two years of waiting we could not be more excited to see this event live and on stage!
Meet the COMPETITORS:
The Choirs chosen to compete in this prestigious competition represent the best of the best within their age group or genre so congratulations to everyone selected to compete!
SYDNEY EISTEDDFOD AUSTRALASIAN OPEN CHORAL CHAMPIONSHIP:
1. The Scots College Highlanders Vocal Ensemble (Bellevue Hill)
2. Southern Brothers (Dapto)
3. Endeavour Harmony Chorus (Jannali)
4. Newcastle Chamber Choir (Newcastle)
5. Monte Sant' Angelo Singers (North Sydney)
THE JOHN LAMBLE FOUNDATION AUSTRALASIAN CHAMPIONSHIP FOR YOUTH CHOIRS (19 & UNDER) & OPEN PRIMARY CHOIR
1. Epping Boys High School Senior Vocal Ensemble (Eastwood)
2. Monte Sant' Angelo Senior Choir (North Sydney)
3. Junior Capella (Pymble)
4. Frensham Madrigals (Mittagong)
Meet the Adjudicators:
Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith is a passionate advocate for music as a force for change leading many new initiatives alongside her impressive conducting credits all across Sydney. Dr Penicka-Smith spoke to us about what she looks for in a choral performance:
"A winning performance needs to be polished, well-blended and balanced, in tune, with good diction, and a stylish and musical performance. The very best choirs have this. But the thing that makes an ensemble stand out is having their own unique sound and style, one that lets you know straight away who you’re hearing. I’m looking forward to finding out which of our choirs have developed this level of collaboration at the finals."
Francis Greep is the General Manager and Associate Artistic Director of The Song Company, Australia’s national vocal ensemble. He has an international reputation for his work as a vocal coach, recitalist, chorus master, continuo player and conductor, having worked extensively for Opera Australia and held the position of Head of Music at both West Australian Opera and Houston Grand Opera.
"Surely the most magical thing about choral performances is the sound of the human voice en masse and in harmony. In my early student days I was a bit of an instrumentalist snob if I'm to be honest, but as soon as I started working with singers and understanding the voice there is now no comparison, when the sound of those voices working together hits you, there is nothing like it.