21 August 2017
On Sunday 20 August, Fort Street High School Chamber Choir won the Jury Vote for Youth (19/u) Choirs in this year’s Australian Choral Grand Prix, presented by Sydney Eisteddfod and Rotary Club of Sydney Cove at Sydney Grammar School’s John Vallance Hall.
The award, worth $2,500, will provide the choir with the opportunity to put these funds towards furthering their choral ambitions.
The choir also took home second prize in the People's Choice Award of $2,000.
The Chamber Choir is one of the elite, auditioned ensembles within The Fort Street High School Instrumental Music Program that involves 300 students, from years 712.
Emily Henderson, a member of the choir says that choral singing is all about “teamwork, listening, communicating and fun”.
“I love being in a choir because I get to take something away from it: a group of friends who all work together and shape some very nice harmonies. Hopefully, the audience also gets to take something away from it: a performance that communicates something to them individually” Emily said.
Another local choir, Meriden Senior Singers, took home People's Choice Award which also carried a $2,500 prize value and also won the Award for a Performance of a Work by an Australian Composer or Arranger with their performance of Deep Sea Dreaming by Elena Kats-Chernin.
To qualify for the Australian Choral Grand Prix, both groups competed against choirs from all over Australia in various choral events in the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod to proceed to The John Lamble Australasian Choral Championships, and from the championship choirs, 7 were then selected to perform in this Grand Prix.
Judges Noel Cislowski AM and Francis Greep said that with so many outstanding choirs performing in this year’s Sydney Eisteddfod it is clear that choral music is alive and well in Australia. Every choir that took to the stage proved that the choral community in Australia is not only growing in strength but also refining their skills to an extremely high standard.
The event's $20,000 total prize value would not be possible without the generous support provided by sponsors The Haggarty Foundation, The Cameron Family, Sydney Eisteddfod Jubilee Fund and Rotary Club of Sydney Cove, and Sydney Eisteddfod is incredibly grateful for their contribution.
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* Sydney Eisteddfod is a not-for-profit organisation that runs one of the most successful competitive performing arts festivals of its type in the world. We have an average of 350 events yearly with competitors coming mostly from NSW/ACT but also from other states and New Zealand.