THANK YOU

Gondwana Choirs would like to say a huge thank you to all of our supporters who have supported us in 2016.

As the arts landscape changed during the year, we were overwhelmed with support from the national arts community and our choristers and families. This support has enabled us to look forward to 2017 with new collaborations and exciting projects.

At Gondwana Choirs, we believe that young people are capable of incredible things

For more than 25 years we have employed leading artists to shape the unique sounds of our ensembles and commissioned Australian composers to create a significant body of music that has made our organisation the benchmark of children’s choirs worldwide.

We believe that participation in our intensive and rigorous programs has a profoundly positive impact on the lives of our choristers and we are proud of the maturity, confidence and professionalism they display.

In 2017 we will continue to collaborate with our distinguished colleagues across the country, we will add to the list of over 200 works we have commissioned and premiered, we will tell our magnificent stories through song, and we will continue to nurture young Australian voices.

We will astound, uplift and inspire you – but we need your help.

By supporting Gondwana Choirs and our vision, you too can give young people the opportunity to find their voice and share it with the world.

Lyn Williams OAM
Founder and Artistic Director
Gondwana Choirs

By supporting Gondwana Choirs through your donation, you automatically become a member of the Innovations Patrons program:

Artistic Directors Circle: Donations $20,000 and above*
Innovations Patrons Platinum: Donations $5000-$20,000*
Innovations Patrons Gold: Donations $2000 – $5000*
Innovations Patrons Silver: Donations $500 – $2000*
Innovations Patrons Bronze: Donations up to $500*
*total donations in one calendar year

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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.

THE PROJECT

VIENNA TOUR

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 donation

As conductors, as artist musicians, we are driven by passion, driven by inspiration and driven by a desire to achieve the highest possible artistic standards. As choral conductors we also have the privilege of being involved in the most inclusive form of music-making. A choir only comes to life when every voice, every personality is captured and expressed through the performance. As a conductor of children’s choirs, I have also found it thrilling to see young people mature and thrive in the choral environment, and go on to become fine professional musicians or professionals in other spheres who maintain their passion and drive in life as they did in music.

Lyn Williams OAM, Founder and Artistic Director, Gondwana Choirs

Support the creation and performance of new Australian music. Since 1989, Gondwana Choirs has commissioned and premiered over 200 new works from great Australian composers. Through Lyn Williams’ vision, we have built a unique and innovative choral repertoire, including works in Indigenous languages and the first Indigenous children’s opera ‘Ngailu: Boy of the Stars’. Our commissioning and collaborations with artists such as Michael Leunig and Neil Finn, Shaun Tan, Synergy Percussion and the Australian Chamber Orchestra ensure that our young choristers are performing contemporary, culturally representative material.

We are currently preparing several major projects, including commissions, multi-artform collaborations and performances in high-profile festivals and venues. To enable this vision, the Artistic Director’s Circle provides a means by which to make a transformative gift to Gondwana Choirs, specifically to support long-term creative projects. Individuals making donations of over $20,000 each year may become members of the Circle.

Donate now and support the Artistic Director’s vision

They’re pioneers! That’s what I always remind them because that’s what they are. They are ambassadors for their people; their professionalism and example paves the way for future opportunities being opened to other Indigenous children. Our involvement with Gondwana Choirs and all that has stemmed from it has been incredible and our lives are all the richer.

Rubina Kimiia, Music Teacher, Education Queensland, Cairns

The Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir (GICC) gives talented Indigenous children the opportunity to join with their peers from across Australia, take part in musical, social and cultural education and performance opportunities, and share the voice of their generation with the nation and the world. Under the direction of Artistic Director & Founder Lyn Williams OAM, the GICC developed out of a successful collaboration between the Sydney Children’s Choir and children in communities across the Torres Strait Islands during 2008. Since then, over 2,000 Indigenous children from QLD, VIC, WA, NSW and the NT have taken part in GICC activities.

The Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir program is a pathway: Indigenous children aged approximately 8 – 16 with musical potential are identified through community workshops held in schools with a high proportion of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children, and regularly rehearsing Choral Hubs are now established in Cairns and Western Sydney. 2014 was a landmark year for GICC, as they were integral to a spectacular performance of Paul Stanhope’s Jandamarra: Sing for the Country, with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in the Sydney Opera House.

I love being a member of the Cairns GICC – it has given me some of the best days of my young life. To Sani, Erica and Aunty Gina, you’re the best! To my fellow choristers, I love you. You are my second family.

Mataika – Soloist, Jandamarra: Sing for the Country Gondawana National Indigenous Choir

All GICC activities are provided at no cost to participating children, schools and communities. We need your support to continue to offer life-changing opportunities and high-quality musical education to current Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir members and many more Indigenous young people throughout Australia.

All GICC activities are provided at no cost to participating children, schools and communities. We need your support to continue to offer life-changing opportunities and high-quality musical education to current Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir members and many more Indigenous young people throughout Australia.

Donate now

Help young Australians find their voice – and share it with the world!
We are developing a unique Australian choral voice by providing high-quality music education to talented young musicians from across urban, rural, regional and remote Australia through our internationally-renowned choral training programs. As well as training, we provide opportunities for our choristers to perform with innovation and excellence alongside artists of the highest calibre in Australia and throughout the world.

As a small arts company with a wide reach and a big vision, we receive just 15% government funding, and so we need your support to help us continue to nurture and inspire young people.

Gondwana is like a patchwork quilt: every person ever involved with the choir contributes a patch. Every patch is unique but when joined together they create the greatest warmth and satisfaction. This quilt that we have created together has helped me to grow to my greatest potential musically and emotionally.

Gondwana Voices bursary recipient.

Your donation will help Gondwana Choirs continue to provide life-changing opportunities to young Australians. Bursaries which give socially, physically or economically disadvantaged young Australians amazing musical, social and educational opportunities through our Sydney Children’s Choir and Gondwana National Choirs. Accessibility is one of our core values – we want to ensure that no suitably talented and enthusiastic child is excluded from our programs due to financial or geographical barriers. Bursary recipients include Gondwana choristers from rural and regional Australia, whose families have been adversely affected by drought, floods, and increased food and fuel prices. Others are single income families, reliant on government income support or families touched by tragedy.

Donate now to the Gondwana Choirs Bursary Program

Sing on: Supporting the future of Gondwana Choirs
Gondwana Choirs believes that all young Australians with demonstrated talent, drive and dedication should have the opportunity to be part of this life-changing program. Leaving a gift in your Will to Gondwana Choirs will ensure the participation and outstanding opportunities for the next generation, and a lasting legacy in your name. Many people have the misconception that you have to be wealthy to leave a gift in your Will to a non-profit organisation, but it’s an opportunity available to all.

A bequest to Gondwana Choirs, however large or small, makes an enormous difference.

What to do next

Once you have decided to leave a gift in your Will to Gondwana Choirs, please contact our General Manager to hear more about future plans for the organisation, and how your gift can help. We then advise that you contact your Solicitor to ensure that the appropriate wording accurately reflects your intentions. Listed below are three of the most common bequests and wording:

Ways to bequest Percentage of an Estate Bequest

This refers to leaving a gift of a set dollar amount determined by you at the time of drawing up or altering your Will.

I GIVE AND BEQUEATH to Gondwana Choirs ………. % of my Estate to be used for its general purposes and I DIRECT that the receipt of the treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of the said organisation shall be sufficient discharge of my Trustees.

Specific Bequest

This is leaving a gift of an item of specific value to be passed on to Gondwana Choirs in order to generate funds. Suggested wording for a bequest to Gondwana Choirs:

I GIVE AND BEQUEATH the sum of $………. to Gondwana Choirs for its general purposes and I DIRECT that the receipt of the treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of the said organisation shall be sufficient discharge of my Trustees.

Residual Bequest

This is simply a gift of whatever is left of your estate (or a percentage thereof) after all your other gifts, taxes and debts have been fulfilled. As they are not specific amounts of money, this sort of bequest keeps its value regardless of inflation over the years. It means that the gift you include today is worth just as much when the time comes to put it to work to help Gondwana Choirs.

I GIVE AND BEQUEATH the residue of my Estate to Gondwana Choirs for its general purposes and I DIRECT that the receipt of the treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of the said organisation shall be sufficient discharge of my Trustees.

We recommend that you seek advice from your solicitor when making or updating your Will.

Name of Organisation: Gondwana Choirs Pty Ltd

ABN: 16 065 410 577

All donations over $2 to Gondwana Choirs are tax deductible.

Did you know that when employees of Westpac Group make a donation to Gondwana Choirs, Westpac will match the donation through their workplace giving program, effectively doubling the amount?

This includes employees of Bank of Melbourne, BankSA, BT Financial Group, RAMS, St.George and Westpac.

Now in its 17th year, Matching Gifts is the Westpac Group’s largest community support program and was the first of its kind among Australian banks. Westpac Group and its employees donated approximately $5.37 million to more than 670 Australian-registered charities as part of its 2015/16 Matching Gifts program.

More information can be found on the Westpac Intranet or by emailing here

Did you know you can donate shares instead of cash?

ShareGift Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that provides you with an easy and tax-effective way to sell your shares and donate the proceeds to charity. You don’t have to engage a stockbroker, there are no brokerage fees and if the value of your donation exceeds $50, you can nominate Gondwana Choirs as your recommended charity to benefit from ShareGift Australia’s donations.

How to donate

Simply complete the share sale donation form on the ShareGift Australia website and remember to recommend Gondwana Choirs.

How ShareGift Australia makes donations to charities

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