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Australian World-renowned Youth Choir to Tour Europe

Sandie Conway
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15 January 2013
Gondwana Chorale

Australia’s finest national youth choir Gondwana Chorale will perform a concert series in major venues, including St John’s Smith Square, London, during their premiere European tour in January 2013.

The performances will feature music by legendary English composer Benjamin Britten in celebration of the centenary of his birth. The dynamic program also includes works from contemporary Australian choral composers Joseph Twist, Paul Stanhope and Clare Maclean.

Conducting the choir will be Paul Holley and Carl Crossin OAM, both renowned conductors and choral specialists. Mr Holley has been Principal Guest Conductor of Gondwana Chorale for seven years and is thrilled to be joining the Chorale for this tour.

“The repertoire we have been rehearsing is vibrant and challenging and provides a platform to exhibit the finest young choristers from Australia. Audiences will be impressed at the level of excellence shown by these developing voices,” said Mr Holley.

Gondwana Chorale is comprised of 44 young people aged between 16 and 26 from across Australia, including sixteen-year-old Alec Steedman from Cairns, Queensland. This is the first year Alec has been in Gondwana Chorale and this is his first major tour.

“Touring with Gondwana Chorale to perform in Europe at these prestigious venues will be an amazing experience and I can’t wait to take off. To sing in St John’s Smith Square is an honour as all the best performers of the world play there,” says Alec.

From 24 January – 2 February Gondwana Chorale will perform in some of Europe’s finest concert halls and cathedrals including Dora Stoutzker Hall, Cardiff; Gloucester Cathedral; Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; St John’s College Chapel, Cambridge; St John’s Smith Square and St Paul’s Cathedral, London and La Madeleine Church, Paris.

Gondwana Chorale will be accompanied by pianist Luke Byrne for the duration of the tour.

Tour Details & Ticketing Information:

Thursday 24 January, 7.30pm
Concert for S4C Television
Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal College of Music & Drama
Price: £5

Friday 25 January, 1pm
Lunchtime Recital
Gloucester Cathedral
12 College Street, Gloucester Free Event, no booking required

Saturday 26 January, 1pm
Lunchtime Recital
Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
St Aldates, Oxfordshire
Free Event, no booking required

Tuesday 29 January, 1.15pm
Lunchtime Recital
St Paul’s Cathedral, London
Recital included in normal cathedral admission price

Wednesday 30 January, 7.30pm
Concert at St John’s Smith Square, London
Price: £18/£14/£9
Concession Price: Friends of SJSS 10% discount on pair of tickets
Box Office: +44 (0) 20 7222 1061 or

Thursday 31 January, 1pm
Lunchtime Recital at St John’s College Chapel, Cambridge
St John’s Street, Cambridge
Free Event, no booking required

Saturday 2 February, 4pm
Concert at La Madeleine Church, Paris
Place de la Madeleine, Paris
Free Event, no booking required

ABOUT GONDWANA CHOIRS Gondwana Choirs was founded in 1987 by Artistic Director Lyn Williams OAM. Music is our passion and we delight in sharing. Gondwana Choirs has in its portfolio three of the world’s most dynamic choral programs for young people: Gondwana National Choirs, Sydney Children’s Choir and Gondwana National Indigenous Children’s Choir, providing musical education opportunities for young people from cities, towns, regional, remote, very remote Australia. We are distinguished by our artistic excellence, high quality education, our focus on newly commissioned, culturally diverse and innovative repertoire, and our joyful approach to music making.

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