These two internationally renowned children’s choirs – Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir (GICC) and the Vienna Boys’ Choir (VBC/Wiener Sängerknaben) – will come together for a world-first collaboration in Sydney and Cairns this October to perform Songs of My Country, a unique celebration of culture and language.
Created in partnership with the Austrian National Tourist Office, Songs of My Country is a remarkable choral event, suitable for all ages, and includes performing ensembles from the Sydney Children’s Choir in Sydney, and the combined youth massed local Songfest Choir in Cairns.
A highlight of the concert will be the world premiere of Boori Guman, a work written for the three combined ensembles by Australian composer Owen Elsley, in collaboration with Gudju Gudju of the Gimuy Walibara Yidinji, the Traditional Owners of Cairns (Gimuy).
The first concert will be held at Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on Tuesday, 10 October at 7pm, featuring the GICC, VBC and the internationally recognised performing ensembles from the Sydney Children’s Choir. Tickets are $35-99 plus booking fees.
The second concert will be held on the GICC’s home soil at Cairns Convention Centre on Friday, 13 October at 7pm, featuring the GICC, VBC, the Sydney Children’s Choir (SCC), and the combined youth massed local Cairns Songfest Choir, an outreach initiative of Gondwana Choirs. Tickets are $25-89 plus booking fees.
Earlier this year, as part of the collaboration, 22 talented young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander choristers from the GICC, aged 10 to 17, travelled from Cairns to Vienna to discover Vienna’s musical and cultural offering, rehearse with the world-famous VBC and to perform together in its esteemed venue, the MuTh.
“Visiting and performing in Vienna, the world capital of classical music, was a life-changing experience for the young singers – many who had never before travelled overseas, let alone performed in such revered venues,” says Williams.
The experience was enriched with a range of cultural experiences arranged by Songs of My Country Presenting Partner, the Austrian National Tourist Office.