CANBERRA’S popular Brindabella Chorus has won the Australian Open Choral Challenge in the Australian National Eisteddfod.
The a cappella choir of 50 women won the challenge at Llewellyn Hall on Saturday (August 19) with five contrasting pieces, culminating in a striking performance of “Viva Las Vegas”, which was very appropriate, as they will be travelling to Las Vegas in a few weeks to participate in an international competition.
Concordis Chamber Choir from Melbourne, conducted by Daniel Brinsmead, was placed second in the Challenge, and ANU Vocal Fry, conducted by Tobias Cole, third.
Vocalocity from Leura won the Open Choral Group section (for choirs with up to 15 members), with Melbourne’s “Perfect Sixth” second and Debacle Quartet third.
The ACT Primary Concert Choir won the 12 Years and Under Championship, and Reddam House Middle School Singers from Sydney the 20 Years and Under Championship.
Concordis Chamber Choir from Melbourne won the Open Choral and Australia-Britain Choirs sections, while Hillcrest Christian College “Bella Voce” from Brisbane won the Open Contemporary Choirs. ANU Vocal Fry and UMQ were joint winners of the Open Popular Choirs, and Radford College Camerata won the ACT 20 Years and Under Choirs section.
In the school aged sections, where schools are awarded on merit in a non-competitive environment, Canberra Girls Grammar School, Bella Voce Chapel Choir and Radford College Chorale were both given “platinum” awards for outstanding performances.
Adjudicator Sharon Batterham said she was highly impressed by both the level of performance throughout and repertoire chosen.
The full list of results is as follows:
Australian Open Choral Challenge
1st Place: Brindabella Chorus
2nd Place: Concordis Chamber Choir
3rd Place: ANU Vocal Fry
Open Choral Group (up to 15 members)
1st Place: Vocalocity
2nd Place: Perfect Sixth
3rd Place: Debacle Quartet
20 Years and Under Championship
1st Place: Reddam House Middle School Singers
2nd Place: Hillcrest Christian College Bella Voce
3rd Place: ACT Senior Concert Choir
Highly Commended: Vocalocity
12 Years and Under Championship
1st Place: ACT Primary Concert Choir
2nd Place: Canberra Girls Grammar School Cantates
3rd Place: Turner Trebles
ACT 20 Years and Under Choirs
1st Place: Radford College Camerata
2nd Place: ANU Vocal Fry
Open Sacred Choirs
1st Place: Concordis Chamber Choir
2nd Place: ANU Chamber Choir
3rd Place: Daramalan College Choir
Open Popular Choirs
1st Place: ANU Vocal Fry and UMQ (tied)
3rd Place: Andante Andante
Open Contemporary Choirs
1st Place: Hillcrest Christian College Bella Voce
2nd Place: Concordis Chamber Choir
3rd Place: Canberra Girls Grammar School Gabriel Singers
Highly Commended: Daramalan College Choir
Open Australia-Britain Choirs
1st Place: Concordis Chamber Chour
2nd Place: The Harmonic Means
Primary School Age Choirs (10 Years and Under)
Canberra Grammar Junior School Singers, Silver award
Canberra Girls Grammar School Les Petites Chantuses, Bronze award
The Anglican School Googong Choir, Gold award
Primary School Age Choirs (12 Years and Under)
Canberra Grammar Junior School Chorale, Gold award
Canberra Girls Grammar School Cora da Camera, Silver award
ACT Primary Concert Choir, Silver award Jerrabomberra Singers
High School Age Choirs (Years 7-10)
Gold Creek School Singing Squadron, Bronze award
Canberra Girls Grammar School Bella Voca Chapel Choir, Platinum award
Merici College Choir, Silver award Lyneham High Voices, Gold award
High School/College Age Choirs (Years 7-12)
Radford College Chorale, Platinum award
Canberra Girls Grammar School Chorale, Gold award
ACT Senior Concert Choir, Silver award
Daramalan College Choir, Silver award
St Edmunds’ College Vocal Group, Bronze award