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Mon Jan 14 2019


Start your year with some of the country’s finest music educators and conductors at Gondwana’s National Choral School taking place at the University of NSW. Immerse yourself in three full days of inspiring lectures, masterclasses and workshops as well as a full morning of rehearsals. and take your seat at our Festival of Summer Voices concerts. Over the three days, you will gain insights from choral specialists including a presentation from our special guest - acclaimed international conductor Simon Halsey CBE, the trusted adviser on choral singing to the world’s greatest conductors, orchestras and choruses. Leading music educators taking part are - Lyn Williams OAM, Anita Collins, Graeme Morton, Elizabeth Vierboom, Lauren Hannay and Brett Weymark. Completing all four days contributes 21 hours of NESA Registered PD.

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The inaugural Gondwana World Choral Festival in July 2019 will be an event like no other
The greatest gathering of international choirs in Australia this century, the Festival brings together the world’s best young choristers, never-before heard in Australia, plus a jam-packed program of concerts, workshops, and open rehearsals.

Guest choirs include Boston Children’s Chorus, Estonian Television Girls’ Choir, Guangdong Experimental Middle School Choir, Inner Mongolia Youth Choir, La Cigale de Lyon, Nagoya Children’s Choir, Riga Cathedral Girls’ Choir, and the Toronto Children’s Chorus.

Teachers are invited to be a part of this unique event through our World Choral Festival NESA Professional Development. Full- and half-festival registrations are available. Every festival weekday morning will be packed full of programs led by some of the country’s most knowledgeable and highly regarded music educators and conductors. Experience a week of inspiring demonstrations, masterclasses, seminars, workshops, and concerts!

Delegate registration secures a premium seat to the opening and closing gala concerts at the iconic Sydney Opera House. PLUS enjoy up to four concerts daily at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, featuring the best young voices from around Australia and the world.

Completing all seven days of GWCF0007 contributes 22.5 hours of NESA Registered PD. Completing three days of GWCF0003 contributes 9 hours of NESA Registered PD.

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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

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

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