Endeavour Harmony Chorus on stage at Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
The standard of choral singing presented at The John Lamble Foundation Australasian Choral Championships is always outstanding, however 2017 proved that the best is yet to come, with groups once again going from strength to strength. On Sunday 4 June, 23 choirs across the Primary/Infant, Youth and Open categories presented an entertaining program of music and song, making it incredibly difficult for judges Stephan Kooper, Luke Byrne, Simon Kenway and Francis Greep.
Sydney Eisteddfod would firstly like to congratulate Waitara Voices (Waitara Public School), winners of The John Lamble Foundation Australasian Championship for Primary/Infant School Choirs. Despite only being of primary school age, the choir performed beautiful renditions of I Still Call Australia Home by Peter Allen, arranged by Christopher Bowen and Orange Tree by Paul Jarman and Bonnie Nilsson. Following close behind, second place was awarded to Reddam House Year 5 & 6 Singers and third prize Waitara Public School Junior Voices.
In the John Lamble Foundation Australasian Championship for Youth Choirs (19/u), Meriden Senior Singers took out a well-deserved first place. The Choir performed The New Colossus by Kevin A. Memley, Deep Sea Dreaming by Elena Kats Chernin and traditional Xhosa Folk Song Dubula arranged by Stephen Hatfield, and had the audience captivated from start to finish. Frensham Madrigals were runners up, Wenona Vocal Ensemble followed in third place and Fort Street High School Chamber Choir in forth.
Finally, Endeavour Harmony Chorus were crowned winners of The John Lamble Foundation Australasian Open Choral Championship, with their performances of Queen's Somebody to Love, Love Letters Straight From Your Heart by Victor Young, Sway by Pablo Beltran Ruiz and Fix You by Guy Berryman, Chris Martin, Jon Buckland and Will Champion. Urban Voices took out second place, Sydney Vocal Project, was awarded third and Brigidine College Alumni Choir forth. All four performed at a particularly high level making it very hard for the judges to decide on the placings.
Sydney Eisteddfod is overjoyed at the success of the day and is incredibly proud of the efforts displayed by all.
Place-getters from Youth and Open categories of The John Lamble Foundation Australasian Choral Championship will be considered and a select number will be invited to perform in the Australian Choral Grand Prix on August 20, 2.30pm at the John Vallance Hall of Sydney Grammar School.