7pm, 14 June 2018, City Recital Hall
The exceptional voices of Sydney’s Resident Children’s Choir undertake an ambitious program of timeless music by composers including Hildegard of Bingen, Elena Kats-Chernin and Paul Stanhope.
Two substantial works make up the second half of the program: Five Days that Changed the World by Bob Chilcott and the world première of Moments that Shaped Australia by Dan Walker.
Five Days that Changed the World was written as the culminating work in the 2013 Worcester International Festival. With texts by Charles Bennett, the five movements detail events in history that had a global unifying effect on the world:
- The Invention of Printing
- The Abolition of Slavery
- The First Powered Flight
- The Discovery of Penicillin
- The First Man in Space
“Five Days is an emotionally stirring piece that demonstrates the composer’s ingenuity in choral writing and accompaniment . . . Even though the movements are to be performed together, each one would be just as stunning alone.” – Alan Denney, Choral Journal (US), Sept 2016
Gondwana Choirs’ Artistic Director Lyn Williams commissioned Australian composer Dan Walker to write a multi-movement work especially for this program as a counterpart to Five Days. Its themes were chosen by the choristers of the Sydney Children’s Choir and include white settlement of Australia, native title, women’s suffrage, the Port Arthur Massacre and the invention of Wi-Fi.
When Lyn Williams created the Sydney Children’s Choir in 1989, she wanted audiences to experience the unique and captivating sound of a well-trained children’s choir. From this single choir, comprises the most accomplished choral groups of young people in Australia and includes over 500 children in the Sydney Children’s Choir program; 350 choristers, composers and conductors in Gondwana National Choral School; and the thrilling Cairns-based Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir.
Gondwana Choirs is synonymous with performance excellence and has a reputation for the highest standards of young people’s choral music in Australia and internationally.
Approximately 120 minutes including interval.
Under 30s – $40
City Recital Hall Member $55
Group (4+) $50