On Sunday 20 August, Endeavour Harmony Chorus won the Jury Vote for Any Age 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 Endeavour Harmony Chorus is an all female ensemble that rehearses each Tuesday evening in Jannali. The women who make up this dynamic group come from all walks of life and all age groups. Among their members are teachers, scientists, a vet, a doctor, stay at home mums, and corporate employees. They share a passion for singing and performing.
Melanie Mapleson, a member of the choir, says that everyone should join a choir. “Don’t waste another second thinking about it, just do it. The hardest part is walking into the room on your first night, the rest will look after itself. You'll never, ever regret joining a choir. Singing is one of the best medicines out there… it’s a happy pill with no side effects.”
“Chorus takes my breath away. It gives me purpose and belonging. It promotes such an enormous sense of pride in the arts and in ourselves. The best part is that we get to have so much fun gifting our music to others and sharing the joy of harmony.” Melanie said.
To qualify for the Australian Choral Grand Prix, the group 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 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.