Gondwana Voices is Australia’s national children’s choir for treble singers aged 10-17. It regularly performs with the country’s leading ensembles and has built a reputation for performances of outstanding musicianship. Gondwana Voices is conducted by Gondwana Choirs Founder and Artistic Director Lyn Williams OAM and Mark O’Leary. At National Choral School 2016, the ensemble was co-directed by Guest Conductor Christie Anderson.
The choir tours nationally and internationally and has taken part in international choral festivals including the World Choral Symposium, Rotterdam; America Cantat, Mexico City; Polyfollia, Normandy; and Festival 500, Newfoundland. In 2007 Gondwana Voices was the first Australian children’s choir to perform at the BBC Proms. They undertook a tour to the Eastern Kimberley in 2013 and completed a residency at the Taipei International Choral Festival in 2014.
“One of the great contributions to music’s future that Gondwana Voices’ founder Lyn Williams has made is to establish a remarkable ethose of performnace excellence among tomorrow’s musicians.”
Peter McCallum, SMH 16 July 2014
“A virtual choir of children, aged 11-16, filled Melbourne Town Hall with heavenly voices. Cameo artworks, complementing their uplifting tone, spoke of loss, grief and love in White Night’s most affecting display.”
Simon Plant, Herald Sun, 23 February 2014
Baltic & Iceland 2017
Gondwana Voices will embark on a major tour of Europe in June 2017, with performances in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Iceland.
Gondwana Voices toured to Melbourne to perform at Choralfest, and tenors and basses from Gondwana Singers joined with Sydney Children’s Choir Young Men’s Choir on a tour to Tasmania to perform as a featured choir at Festival of Voices.
In 2014, members of Gondwana Voices toured to Taiwan to undertake a residency at the 2014 Taipei International Choral Festival, which is one of the largest choral festivals in Asia. Gondwana Chorale United Kingdom and France Tour (2013) In 2013, Gondwana Chorale toured to the United Kingdom and France, with featured recitals in St Paul’s Cathedral and St John’s Smith Square in London and La Madeleine in Paris.
The Kimberleys 2013
The Gondwana Voices 2013 Kimberley Tour had a strong focus on community engagement and cultural learning, with the choir travelling to the remote and ruggedly beautiful Kimberley region. For this tour, Gondwana Choirs commissioned prominent Western Australian composer James Ledger to write a children’s choral opera based on the Gija Culture, whose people reside in the Kimberley region.
In 2012, The International Federation for Choral Music invited Gondwana Voices to represent the Asia-Pacific region at the 2012 World Choral Summit in Beijing, China. Only five choirs, one from each continent were invited to take part in this prestigious world event which was attended by conductors, composers, and publishers from more than 80 countries.
USA & Canada 2011
The Gondwana Voices 2011 USA and Canada Tour included performances with some of the world’s finest children’s choirs including North West Girl Choir in Seattle and the Toronto Children’s Chorus.