Australia’s national youth choir, Gondwana Chorale, was established in 2008. Its members come from throughout Australia and range in age from 17 – 26. They perform music that is close to their hearts: new Australian works which capture the mystery and grandeur of our land and display the cultural diversity of the Australian people. The work of the choir is a powerful expression of the determination of young Australians to work together to create extraordinary musical ensembles. For the past 5 years, the choir has been conducted by Paul Holley OAM, Associate Director of Birralee Voices and Carl Crossin OAM, Head of the Elder Conservatorium of Music.
The sound of Gondwana Chorale is vibrant and energetic, indicative of their intensive rehearsal process and the joy of being together.
The choir has performed nationally in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Tasmania. International tours have included New Zealand (2011) and UK and France (2013). In 2015 the choir formed the Gondwana Centenary Chorale with young singers from and Turkey, France and New Zealand to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign, giving the world premiere of James Ledger’s War Music with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In February 2017 Gondwana Chorale will undertake its first tour to the USA.
In February 2017, directly following National Choral School, Gondwana Chorale will undertake its first tour to the USA. The choir will spend 2 weeks travelling both the east and west costs, performing in venues such as The Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C.
SOAR is Gondwana Chorale’s debut recording and presents a program typical of the ensemble – a rich and varied collection of repertoire with a strong focus on contemporary Australian compositions which lies at the heart of Gondwana’s ethos. The music on this disc ranges from the Spanish Renaissance to present day Australia, including Paul Stanhope’s Lament to St Cecilia, a technically demanding tour de force of emotional intensity commissioned for the choir in 2013 for its European Tour.
PAUL HOLLEY & CARL CROSSIN, conductors
LUKE BYRNE, piano and percussion
SOAR is also available on iTunes or at Fish Fine Music
Gondwana Centenary Chorale, Sydney (2015)
In April 2015, singers from Gondwana Chorale joined with choristers from Turkey, France and New Zealand in a project to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli Landings with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. This moving musical tribute featured the Australian premiere of a new orchestral work by James Ledger.
Gondwana Chorale New Zealand Tour (2011)
The Gondwana Chorale tour to New Zealand in 2011 included a residential season with the world class New Zealand Youth Choir. The choir also performed with the Westlake Girls and Westlake Boys High Schools, two of New Zealand’s premier youth choirs. Gondwana Chorale also travelled to Wellington to perform at the internationally renowned Te Papa Museum.