Auckland Youth Choir’s 38-voice chamber choir spent six days in Sydney last month at the Australian International Music Festival alongside groups from Australia, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Guam and the USA.
The week involved performances in St James Church (Sydney’s second-oldest church, consecrated in 1834), the City Recital Hall, Chatswood Concourse, the Sydney Opera House and the Town Hall. A highlight for the choir was performing the premiere of “Nga Roimata”, commissioned by the Auckland Youth Choir and composed by the AYC Young Composer in Residence Takerei Komene.
The choir also had a workshop with Elizabeth Scott, one of the Festival Adjudicators. Elizabeth is the Choral Director at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Music Director of Vox, Sydney Philharmonia’s youth choir.
The icing on the cake for Auckland Youth Choir and their conductor Lachlan Craig was winning the choir section of the Festival and, as a result, being invited to perform at the Command Performance Concert on the final night.
The choir’s performances in Sydney were the last for Assistant Music Director Grace Francis before she heads off to the Juilliard School of Music on a Fulbright Scholarship to study for a Masters in Collaborative Piano. She will be missed, not only by the Auckland Youth Choir, but by those Auckland school choirs for which she has been an accompanist at The Big Sing.