Recognised for over 50 years, the National Boys Choir of Australia is a not for profit organisation that has performed extensively both nationally and internationally, regularly with the Melbourne Symphony, Opera Australia, in the acclaimed Qantas ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ advertisements and at Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight in Melbourne. Current choristers performing in the National Boys Choir of Australia also reap the intrinsic benefits of being part of the choir.
Recently, a report by CNBC.com revealed that singing in a choir could be the ‘new exercise’ as presented in a new book by behavioural science author Daniel H. Pink. In his book, Pink argues that “choral singing calms the heart and boosts endorphin levels. It improves lung function. It increases pain thresholds and reduces the need for pain medication."
Some of the National Boys Choir of Australia’s past choristers include:
- Principal Conductor for Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Nicholas Carter
- Mannheim-based opera singer Christopher Diffey-Wilson
- Australian tour manager, record producer and studio engineer Nikita Miltiadou
- International award-winning ballroom dancer Nathan Ryan
June 16 will provide boys in Melbourne the opportunity to audition for the National Boys Choir of Australia, inviting families to be part of this established and esteemed choral community.
Auditions will be held at the National Boys Choir of Australia office and studios at 3/9 Pilgrim Court, Ringwood 3134 Victoria on Saturday 16 June. Bookings are essential by calling the National Boys Choir of Australia on 03 9872 4480 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . Readers can visit the National Boys Choir of Australia website at https://nationalboyschoir.com.au/ to learn more.
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To register your interest in being a part of the chorus for this special performance, please email Louise ASAP at email@example.com
Or just come along to the Rossini Information & Listening Session!
Chart-topping English composer Patrick Hawes has written The Great War Symphony, an epic new work for choir, soloists and orchestra as one of the official U.K. events to mark the end of the centenary commemorations of the First World War. Of the new work, Patrick says “I wanted to create a memorial in music to all those who were victims of the First World War. It is so easy to forget that we owe our freedom and ways of life to those men and women who died for us. I would like to think that, during this centenary year, our nations will bequeath substantial and approachable works of art to future generations.”
The result is The Great War Symphony which will be premièred at London's Royal Albert Hall on 9th October 2018 in aid of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, and in partnership with Classic FM. The work is also currently being recorded at Abbey Road Studios for release later this year.
A month after the world premiere, The Great War Symphony receives its U.S. première at New York’s Carnegie Hall on 11th November 2018, the exact centenary of the Armistice. For this, Patrick is looking for singers to join him on stage in New York. “The poignancy of performing the U.S. Premiere of the work on Armistice Day makes this a really special event and I’m hoping to have a large group of singers with me to mark this unique occasion. We already have choirs singed up from the U.K., U.S., and Germany, and I would love a contingent from Australia, not least because I’ve referenced Gallipoli in the work. It’s open to individual singers as well as full choirs and is being organised by Distinguished Concerts International New York (www.dciny.org), so do get in touch if you are interested in joining me.”
Conceived for and dedicated to the bravery and sacrifice of those who lost their lives in the First World War, the performance is sure to be highly emotive experience.
The Cleftomaniacs are seeking a new choir director
We are an a cappella choir who sing an eclectic repertoire ranging from Bach to Beatles, jazz, pop, blues, gospel and world music. The “Cleffies” formed in 1992 and rehearse in a quaint sandstone church in Waterloo on Thursday nights. (Changing the evening we rehearse to Monday nights is open for discussion.) Our group hits the notes, harmonises well and enjoys making music together. We have a great community spirit and are welcoming to new members.
We are excited and energised by the prospect of new material and new directions. The Cleffies are looking for an enthusiastic and encouraging leader who shares our love of music and who will help us to reach our potential whilst having fun along the way.
Please direct your inquiries to Jo Wright on 0408 668 084 or Kerrie Eyers on 0414 712947.
Sing with Strange Weather Gospel Choir in Canberra!
Our lively non-auditioned community choir is looking for new members in all voice parts, for an exciting semester of singing and performances. We love to sing Gospel, Spirituals, African, Indigenous, folk and contemporary songs, and would especially welcome new singers in our bass and tenor sections.
Contact our membership officer at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to visit a rehearsal to hear how we sound and see how we learn.
We rehearse on Wednesday nights at 7-9 pm at the Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera Street, Braddon, first semester for 2018 starts on 7 February.
We will be holding an open rehearsal on 21 February, where visitors are invited to join the choir for a special night of learning and singing.
For more information www.strangeweather.org or contact email@example.com
Come and sing with Brisbane Chorale in 2018!
We are looking for new singers to join us! We have an incredibly exciting program lined up for 2018, and we would love to share it with you!
If you think you have what it takes or are interested in finding out more, please visit our website http://www.brisbanechorale.org.au/contact-details/join-us/ for more information.
Heidelberg Choral Society Choral Scholarships Program 2018
Four Choral Scholarships are offered for 2018 for singers aged from 18 to 30 (as at December 2018).
Valued at $1000 in addition to membership and concert fees, these will support young singers who will be required to rehearse with the choir on Monday evenings in East Ivanhoe and participate in performances in April, June, August and November including some performances in rural Victoria. Some solo work may be available. Applications close Monday 5th February 2018 and auditions will be held on Sunday 11th February.
For more information contact the Secretary, Michelle Kennedy on tel 0409 197 209 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the choir and an application form can be found at the Society’s web page at hcs.asn.au.
To read more, download the Brochure.
Sing in the Melbourne Women’s Choir this year?
The choir is now auditioning for 2018 singing year – with wonderful music from the Baroque to the present, with an excellent singing team. Come join us for Tuesday night rehearsals and great performances. Come join us!
START 2018 ON A HIGH NOTE - CALL FOR SINGERS TO JOIN THE QUEENSLAND CHOIR
People who love to sing are being urged to start 2018 on a high note by joining one of the state’s premier choirs, the Queensland Choir, for a year of spectacular concerts.
The Queensland Choir’s chorus master Kevin Power says this year’s concert program ranges from Baroque Brilliance on April 27, with the thrilling sound of trumpets, drums and orchestra accompanying festive choral music in St Stephen’s Cathedral, to a Choral Spectacular in Brisbane City Hall on June 3 and the ever-popular Sunday Serenades in bayside Wynnum and Sandgate in August.
“We will also perform one of Handel’s greatest dramatic oratorios, Samson, on October 28 at the Old Museum building in Bowen Hills, and will finish the year with our Sounds of the Season Christmas concert on December 9 at the same venue,” he says.
“Singing with the Queensland Choir is a great experience and offers the opportunity to perform with top soloists and orchestras in Brisbane’s major concert venues. We sing a wide range of classical and modern works and have a lot of fun rehearsing.”
‘’Auditions are now open for anyone interested in joining the choir, which rehearses each week at New Farm, and sopranos and basses especially are encouraged to join us in 2018.”
Established in 1872, the Queensland Choir has been making great choral music for more than 145 years and is renowned for its biennial Brisbane Sings Messiah performances in City Hall.
“No equipment is necessary, and we are a friendly group that would welcome new members to share our love of making music, with the added bonus that singing is good for your health.”
WOMEN OF THE SUN PROJECT
I plan to establish a new virtuosic women's choir to commence in 2018 to add to the vibrant fabric of choral music here on the Sunshine Coast. I have come across many excellent female singers over the last five years and I believe there is a capacity and a demand for developing a choir of distinction that will set high standards of performance which will concentrate on exploring the vast amount of excellent repertoire written specifically for women's voices. I am now calling for expressions of interest for dedicated singers and interested people to form a group to be called Women of the Sun.
I require 24 to 32 singers ranging in ages from 17 and up to form a well-balanced SSAA group. You should already have experience in singing with choirs. You must have a solid voice with a range of approximately two octaves and a reasonable standard of sight reading. Exposure to performing a capella music will also be important as will the capacity to stand on your own in chorus. You should be comfortable singing in a variety of common languages (Latin/Italian, German, French).
Entry would be by partial audition and based on experience and a commitment to create a choir of excellence dealing in high quality, virtuosic and predominantly Classical style repertoire accompanied primarily by piano but also with small orchestral ensembles and a capella work. I am most interested in hearing from singers with capacity to perform as soloists during works when required. I also intend to record a number of works in studio or in live venues as we become established.
If you are interested in being part of an exciting new women's choral organisation dedicated to excellence in musical performance and showing the Sunshine Coast the best there is in women's choral music performance please get in touch via e-mail NO LATER THAN October 30th: email@example.com
I can also be contacted on my mobile phone: 0432 901 131
For more information, please download the brochure.