This winter has been a busy time for Sydney Children’s Choir, performing with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for Mahler’s Third Symphony and Red Riding Hood at the Sydney Conservatorium, as well as performing at the Helpmann Awards. The best is still to come as we get ready for our Springtime Concert at The Concourse and Songs of My Country at Sydney Opera House, before finishing out the year with Voices of Angels at City Recital Hall.
Mahler 3 with SSO
In July, Sydney Children’s Choir joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra to perform Mahler’s 3rd Symphony under the baton of SSO Chief Conductor (and Artistic Director) David Robertson. Over 60 children from the Senior Choir and Junior Performing Choir performed this exceptional Symphony in four performances in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House. A number of positive reviews were given, including this one from Limelight Magazine:
The faux-naïf fifth movement with its angel choirs was a refreshing palate cleanser, the Sydney Children’s Choir whopping out their “bim, bams” as if their lives depended on it. Disciplined and with a healthy, enthusiastic tone, they were a model of vocal excellence.
Red Riding Hood
On Sunday 6 August, the Junior Performing Choir had the joy of performing in Wilhelm Grosz’s children’s opera Red Riding Hood as part of Out of the Shadows: Performing the Jewish Archive. The charming production allowed the choristers to showcase not only their outstanding vocal ability but their flair for the dramatic as well. In addition to working with Chorus Master Atalya Masi and Pianist Owen Elsley, the project was another marvellous opportunity to collaborate with industry professionals, including director Christopher Harley and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows, under the baton of festival curator Joseph Toltz.
Performing at the Helpmann Awards
On the 24th of July, fresh back from their tour to Europe, members of the SCC Senior Choir performed at the 2017 Helpmann Awards. Hosted at the Capitol Theatre, the annual awards ceremony recognises excellence in Australia’s Live Performance Sector. The choir sang Sally Whitwell’s Lux Aeterna, for the in memoriam section of the evening, and were conducted by Owen Elsley with the piano accompaniment performed by Sally Whitwell.
Coming up next
Springtime Concert – 11:30am, Sunday 10 September, The Concourse
Songs of My Country with Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir and Vienna Boys’ Choir – 7pm, Tuesday 10 October, Sydney Opera House
Voices of Angels – 7:00pm, 11 and 12 December, City Recital Hall