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Chinese teenage chorus lit up Sydney Opera House

(People's Daily Online)    13:55, July 24, 2019

The Guangdong Experimental Middle School Choir performace (Photo by Robert Catto)

Sydney, July 23 (People’s Daily Online/Yuyang Lin) The closing concert of the Gondwana World Choral Festival was held at the Sydney Opera House on July 21st in Sydney, Australia, marking the end of a week-long festival, hosted by the Gondwana Choirs of Australia.

This year, the Gondwana World Choral Festival is set to be the greatest gathering of international choirs in Australia, as more than one thousand young singers from some of the world’s finest choirs converge on Sydney to join in song and celebrate 30 years of Gondwana Choirs and Sydney Children’s Choir. The festival brought together around 20 extraordinary teenage choirs groups from China, Australia, America, Canada, France, Japan, Estonia, Latvia and so on, who brought wonderful performances to the audiences in Sydney.

At the closing concert, the performances brought by the choirs from China also impressed the audiences with their distinctive styles. The Guangdong Experimental Middle School Choir presented two songs, ‘You’re Secluded In My Wound’ and ’Spring Is Coming’ and this choir won 13 consecutive championships of the Guangzhou School Chorus Festival and is also a 12-time champion of the World Choir Games.

The Inner Mongolia Youth Choir, dressed in Mongolian costumes, performed traditional Mongolian musical instruments and dances and brought Mongolian language song "Sound of the Earth". The unique Mongolian singing style ‘Hoomii’ made the audiences feel like they are traveling across the grasslands in China’s Inner Mongolia. prairie. This choir is the first of its kind in Innaer Mongolia and all its members are from farming families on the plains of Inner Mongolia.

“This will be a unique opportunity to experience sublime young voices from across the world collaborating with our wonderful Australian choirs. Audiences will be delighted by the visually and aurally astounding choral presentation,” said Lyn Williams AM, the Artistic Director of Gondwana World Choral Festival and founder of Gondwana Choirs.

“This year coincided with the 40th anniversary of the establishment of friendly provinces between Guangdong and New South Wales. We hope that the songs our choir brought to Australia can bring good wishes to Australia,” said Mr. Xie Mingjing, the conductor of the Guangdong Experimental Middle School Choir.

The festival also features a series of recitals, workshops, masterclasses and panel discussions. During the week, all the chorus also brought their wonderful performances to many occasions across Sydney. 


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