Arts / Echology claims Eisteddfod victory

University of Newcastle’s Echology Chamber Choir, performing in the Australian Open Choral Challenge. Photo by Peter Hislop

THE University of Newcastle’s Echology Choir was bathed in glory over the weekend in the Australian National Eisteddfod’s choirs section, winning  all five “open age” sections they entered, including the Australian Open Choral Challenge and taking home a total of $4000 in prize money. 

The chamber choir of 18 members performed a total of 11 pieces, ranging in style from sacred to contemporary and popular.

But they were only one of more than 50 school and community choirs from Canberra, Newcastle, Sydney and Goulburn, who came together to present outstanding choral music in the Australian National Eisteddfod from August 17-18.

Canberra’s Debacle Quartet won the “open choral group” section for choirs with up to 15 members.

And, two Canberra groups, the Brindabella Chorus and ANU Vocal Fry, were placed equal second in the “Australian open choral challenge”.

ANU Vocal Fry. Photo by Peter Hislop

Sydney’s Barker College Copeland Choir and Reddam House Middle School Singers won the 12 years and under and 20 years and under championships respectively.

Brindabella Chorus. Photo Peter Hislop

In the School-aged sections, where schools are awarded on merit in a non-competitive environment, Canberra Girls Grammar School Chorale, Les Petites Chanteuses and Barker College Copeland Choir were all given platinum awards for outstanding performances.

Adjudicator Jenny Mathers from Melbourne said: “What was clear to me was that Canberra has a flourishing music and choral scene, with passionate teachers and directors very evident.”

Full Results – 2018 Choirs Eisteddfod

Australian Open Choral Challenge

1st Place: Echology (University of Newcastle Chamber Choir)

2nd Place: Brindabella Chorus and ANU Vocal Fry

Open Choral Group (up to 15 members)

1st Place: Debacle Quartet

2nd Place: ANU Chamber Choir

3rd Place: Lady’s Mantle

20 Years and Under Championship

1st Place: Reddam House Middle School Singers

2nd Place: ACT Senior Concert Choir

3rd Place: ANU Vocal Fry

12 Years and Under Championship

1st Place: Barker College Copeland Choir

2nd Place: Canberra Grammar School Chorale

3rd Place: ACT Primary Concert Choir

Open Sacred Choirs

1st Place: Echology (University of Newcastle Chamber Choir)

2nd Place: Strange Weather Gospel Choir

3rd Place: Woden Valley Youth Choir Australis Voices

Open Contemporary Choirs

1st Place: Echology (University of Newcastle Chamber Choir)

2nd Place: Woden Valley Youth Choir Australis Voices 

Open Popular Choirs

1st Place: Echology (University of Newcastle Chamber Choir)

2nd Place: UMQ

3rd Place: Strange Weather Gospel Choir

Highly Commended: Daramalan College Choir, Woden Valley Youth Choir Australis Voices

Open Australia-Britain Choirs

1st Place: Echology (University of Newcastle Chamber Choir)

2nd Place: The Harmonic Means

Primary School Age Choirs (8 Years and Under)

The Anglican School Googong Infant Choir – Gold award

Primary School Age Choirs (10 Years and Under)

Canberra Girls Grammar School Les Petites Chanteuses – Platinum award

Canberra Grammar Junior School Singers – Silver award

Queanbeyan Public School Intermediate Choir – Gold award

Red Hill School – Silver award

Primary School Age Choirs (12 Years and Under)

Barker College Copeland Choir – Platinum award

Trinity Christian School Junior Choir – Silver award

Canberra Grammar Junior School Chorale – Platinum award

The Anglican School Googong Junior Choir: Silver award

Canberra Girls Grammar School Cantates – Gold award

Queanbeyan Public School Senior Choir – Silver award

Neville Bonner Primary School Choir – Silver award

ACT Primary Concert Choir – Gold award

High School Age Choirs (Years 7-10)

Canberra Girls Grammar School Bella Voca Chapel Choir – Gold award

Gold Creek School Singing Squadron – Bronze award

Lyneham High Voices – Bronze award

 

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