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Gondwana World Choral Festival Professional Development Offering

Thu Mar 7 2019



Gondwana World Choral Festival ProfessionalDevelopment Offering




Do you, or does someone you know, teach music to young people? Or singing? If so, then I’d like to let you know about an opportunity which I think will inspire and empower you.

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the founding of the Sydney Children’s Choir. It’s a great excuse for a big party, and so we’re mounting the Gondwana World Choral Festival. It promises to bring a week-load of new knowledge and experience in the area of children’s choral music

Alongside an embarrassment of riches in terms of inspiring concerts, we’re also offering you a chance to immerse yourself in five days of lectures, masterclasses and workshops. These will take place daily during the festival, and be presented by leading music educators like Lyn Williams, Deborah Cheetham, Elizabeth Vierboom and Dr Anita Collins. You’ll also have a chance to witness the world’s best choristers in rehearsal. For more details about what’s on offer, click here.

The GWCF PD offering comes with full NESA accreditation and there are two options for delegates:

Full-festival – for the fully immersive experience
15-21 July 

Save with early-bird registration for $550. Full-festival passes include premium seats to Sydney Opera House opening and closing galas, and access-all-activities

Half-festival – because we do understand that our teachers are time poor
19-21 July

Save with early-bird registration for $250. Half-festival passes include a premium seat to Sydney Opera House closing gala, plus access-all-activities


The boring but important bit

Completing all seven days of GWCF0007 will contribute 22.5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 6.2.2, 6.3.2, 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. A half-festival package, GWCF0003, contributes 9 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing the same standards.

If you’ve never experienced the magic of Gondwana Choirs click here to watch ‘Lie light dear heart’ by Kenneth and Kirsten Lampl. I always get goosebumps around the 3:20 mark!

Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with any questions, tell all your friends, and I hope we’ll be able to welcome you to the Gondwana World Choral Festival come July.


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‘New Choral Composition Prize accepting entries’

 Bel a cappella’s inaugural Prize takes Australian music travelling

 Sydney chamber choir Bel a cappella will mark Music Director Anthony Pasquill’s 10 year anniversary with the choir with a tour to Russia and the Baltic in 2021. In early April they launched an initiative linked to the tour that promises to showcase new Australian music to the world.

The Bel a cappella Choral Composition Prize will award 3 Australian composers $1500 each for original a cappella choral works for up to 8 voice parts.  

Each of the 3 winning works will have its world premiere in one of the cities in the 2021 tour (to be chosen by the awarded composer), including St Petersburg, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallin and Riga. Their Australian premiere will be at the next concert Bel performs upon their return to Australia.

Pasquill believes that Australian choral music certainly has the capacity to match the depth and breadth of that being composed and performed in the traditional choral music countries of northern Europe and this Prize will give him and Bel a cappella the opportunity to demonstrate that.

Choir president Bruce Watson says, "When we launched our fundraising campaign for this Prize we were excited about creating an opportunity to bring new Australian choral music to the world. Now we also know we'll be supporting some local composers through this terrible time when so much work for musicians has vanished." 

Bel a cappella believes their Choral Composition Prize will make a big difference to composers in this difficult time for the Arts across the globe, providing both a sense of creative purpose and significant prize money to the three awarded composers.

Bel a cappella Choral Composition Prize

ELIGIBILITY: The Prize is open to any individual who is a permanent resident of Australia or Australian citizen. There is no age limit.



A panel of jurors will review entries and award the 3 Prizes on July 31, 2020

Information/ Web:

Contact: Pepe Newton | Publicity Officer |  | m 0412 548 703

See the attached flyer for more information. 



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