FESTIVAL CHOIR

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Welcome to the Festival Choir for 2021!

It’s our intention to make the Festival Choir an exciting and accessible option for any and all of the singers who contribute to this year’s choir festival. We’re incredibly grateful to this year’s conductor, Sarah Penicka-Smith, for taking on the challenge of sourcing music that will appeal equally to singers from classical and non-classical choirs, and that can be learned equally by reading from the score or with the help of aural resources.

Click here to read Sarah’s extensive biography.

You will need to be capable of substantially learning the music on your own, with the help of the aural learning resources we’re happy to provide.

Cost

We’re asking for a contribution of $20 per singer to help us cover the cost of performing music still in copyright. Payments will be collected at your first rehearsal.

Rehearsals

There will be two rehearsals prior to the festival, one in Sydney and one in the Blue Mountains. Sarah believes, and we agree, that it will be necessary for each participant to attend one of these rehearsals, if our performance is to be convincing and enjoyable for all concerned.

There will also be a rehearsal on the Sunday morning of the Festival with choir and accompanists, which you must attend to take part in the afternoon performance.

  • The Blue Mountains rehearsal will be held on Sunday 8 August, 1.30-4.30pm, in the Lawson Mechanics Institute, 284 Great Western Highway, Lawson 2783 (but enter off the highway via Orient Street, then turn into Yileena Avenue and at about 200m on the right is the entry to the hall past the old RFS building).

  • The Sydney rehearsal will be held on Thursday 19 August, 6.30-9.30pm, Cloisters Hall, St Patrick’s Cathedral, 1 Marist Place, Parramatta.

Program

As you will see, the program is entirely Australian and quite varied in style. We hope that everyone finds something to love in the repertoire.

Christine Anu, Michael Barker, David Bridie, Michael Warusam, Kulba Yaday arr. Sarah Penicka-Smith; click here to read a background about the song.

Elizabeth Sheppard, Gandangarragal: no recording available. Elizabeth Sheppard is a Blue Mountains based First Nations composer; click here to read her biography.

Lisa Young, Ah Zumbeh: first track (called This Heart of the World)

Gordon Hamilton, Dark Hour: Gordon Hamilton

Michael Kennedy, Lay Fallow, arr. Isabella Gerometta (scroll down to find Lay Fallow)

Jerrah Patston, Rain is Falling: Jerrah Patson; watch the 7.30 Report story on him.

Dan Walker, Last Drinks: Leichhardt Espresso Chorus and the Reddam House Choir

Resources

Scores and learning resources will be accessible via a password-protected page on this website.

When you register, a confirmation email will be sent to you with the password. Please contact Mick directly if you do not receive an email response within a few days (0405 595 654). At least one registration has failed to arrive.

Registration Update

Thanks for being keen to take part in the Festival Choir! We now have had 110 registrations, which is our current cap. We may be able to accommodate a few more, as some singers may drop out for various reasons.

At this stage, basses are particularly welcome.

Festival Choir registration form

We will be photographing and audio and/or video recording the Festival Choir for our archives and for future publicity. Copies of the Festival Choir performance recordings and photos will be made available to singers.