Gondwana Choirs is excited to announce a ground-breaking collaboration in 2017 between Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir and the renowned Vienna Boys Choir
The core of this project is bringing together two highly skilled children’s choirs, both deeply connected to a rich cultural heritage – the inspiring Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir (GICC) and the reputable Vienna Boys Choir. In collaboration with the Austrian National Tourist Office these world class ensembles will contribute to the creation of new work, cultural exchange, touring and the culminating performances at the Sydney Opera House and the Cairns Convention Centre.
The project is supported by a Plus 1 Funding grant from Creative Partnerships Australia where each individual donation will be matched by CPA up to $50,000, effectively doubling each contribution.
In May 2017, the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir will travel to Vienna to rehearse with the Vienna Boys Choir for the first time. New music will be commissioned for them, and this trip will provide a valuable opportunity for the combined choirs to workshop these new compositions, written specifically for both ensembles. They will perform in the Vienna Boys Choir’s esteemed venue, the MuTh, and connect with the Australian Embassy in Vienna, supporting important cultural diplomacy and exchange.
AUSTRALIAN REHEARSALS & CONCERTS: CAIRNS & SYDNEY
In October 2017, the Vienna Boys Choir will arrive in Sydney for final rehearsals with the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir, and the extended massed choirs of the Gondwana Sydney and National Children’s Choirs. Together they will perform in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, which include the world premieres of the new music written especially for them. Following that, the Vienna Boys Choir and Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir will travel to Cairns for further intensive music rehearsals and a combined performance for the local community, proposed to be in partnership with the Cairns Regional Council and Arts Queensland at the Cairns Convention Centre.
Donate to this project and Creative Partnerships Australia will match your gift
Gondwana Choirs receives grant from Cairns Regional Council to commission a new work for the combined choirs based on a dreaming story of the Yidinji nation
Australian composer Owen Elsley collaborates with Yidinji elder Gudju Gudju Fourmile
14 MARCH: CAIRNS
Cairns Philanthropic Dinner, Pullman Cairns International. Click here to read more
MAY: FRANKFURT – MARIBOR – VIENNA
Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir (GICC) flies from Cairns to Frankfurt for workshops and performances with The European School Frankfurt
GICC travels from Frankfurt to Maribor, Slovenia, for collaborative performances with Carmina Slovenika
GICC travels to Vienna for rehearsals with the Vienna Boys Choir (VBC) and explore Vienna
New work by Owen Elsley rehearsed in Vienna
GICC to perform at the MuTh, the esteemed home venue of VBC
OCTOBER 2017: SYDNEY
GICC and VBC arrive in Sydney for intensive rehearsal period with massed Gondwana Choirs’ ensembles
Performance/collaborations with the Austrian Consulate General and the Austrian Trade Commission (TBC)
Gala performance in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, Tuesday 10 October
CAIRNS: OCTOBER 2017
GICC and VBC travel to Cairns for final rehearsal period and time on country with local indigenous leaders
Exclusive performance by both ensembles at Cairns Convention Centre, Friday 13 October