We were incredibly excited to tour our wonderfully talented and creative candidates to Sydney this July in collaboration with Royal Far West! Over 50 young singers gave a series of performances at unique venues throughout the city, including special performances at NSW Parliament House and Government House and St Matthews on the Corso in Manly. Accompanying them were members of our ensembles-in-residence, Taikoz and The Song Company and The Australian World Orchestra.
The children sang new Australian music, inspired by the landscape of north-west NSW, including about the iconic Narran Lakes by Andrew Howes as well as stunning pieces by Alice Chance and Dan Walker.
Having His Excellency General The Hon David Hurley, Governor of NSW and Mrs Linda Hurley personally host us at Government House made these performances all the more special – the warmth of their welcome and generosity lifted us to new heights. We would also like to thank our host at NSW Parliament House the Honourable Lesley Williams MP, Minister for Early Childhood Education, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Assistant Minister for Education.
“Not everyday do you get to go to a place like Government House. I felt somewhat special to be asked to be there. It felt good playing the taiko drums in the garden. It was all clean and we had a lot of important people looking at us.” Riley Fernando, 16.
Here is a selection of images from the tour by Noni Carroll.