Opportunity to join Sydney Children's Choir
Sydney Children’s Choir is accepting new choristers for 2018, with training and performance ensembles for singers
in Year 1 through Year 12.
“When they come to us at 6, there’s no audition, we welcome everyone. They come for about 40 minutes every Saturday, and do all sort of introductory lessons to singing, with really excellent teachers,” says artistic operations manager and Sydney Children’s Choir alum Sam Allchurch.
“While we start from 6, we welcome kids from any stage – I started when I was 10.”
In addition to regular lessons in sight-singing, choristers routinely perform in other languages, including Indigenous Australian languages. Sydney Children’s Choir also places an emphasis on works by Australian composers, and frequently commissions new works written specifically for the choir.
“We take all young children who come to us as primary school children into the Sydney Children’s Choir, but then we aim towards an extremely high musical level and we really feel that we can extend children musically and intellectually,” says founder and artistic director Lyn Williams OAM.
Choristers also gain confidence, learn discipline, and get practical experience onstage.
“Choirs are great for doing things together in a group, and teaching kids how to listen, and how to listen and do at the same time,” Allchurch says.
"A lot of the studies have focused on the neurological benefits, for literacy and numeracy and pattern teaching, those sorts of things, which I think is absolutely wonderful. But I always add to that, music is beautiful, and it's fun, and it makes people happy, and that should be reason enough to do it.”
Sydney Children’s Choir offers incomparable performance opportunities. In 2017, different ensembles were part of productions with Opera Australia, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Boys’ Choir, as well as a performance at Parliament House (the first time the national anthem was performed with lyrics in Ngunawal, the language of the traditional owners of the Canberra area).
“We really immerse the kids in the whole performance experience – I used to perform in the choirs myself when I was a kid, and one of the things that really defines the approach is a very engaging way of performing,” Allchurch says. “We try and make sure that our performance, and our bodies, match the music – if it’s a fun and energetic piece, it doesn’t make sense to stand still and rigid.”
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