Annual Information Statement 2017

Legal Name
Gondwana Choirs

Section A: Charity Information

Charity size
Fundraising online
Basic Religious Charity

Section B: Activities

Did the charity operate in the 2017 reporting period?
Main activity
Culture and arts
Description of charity's activities and outcomes
In 2017, Gondwana Choirs comprehensive program greatly exceeded its core mission, providing leadership in choral training and performance. In 2017, 880 young people participated in the primary intensive programs the Sydney Childrens Choir (474), Gondwana National Choirs (326) and the Gondwana Indigenous Childrens Choir (80), and we presented a range of unique programs to develop emerging conductors and composers, as well as professional learning experiences for educators and community music leaders.Gondwana Choirs' artistic reputation is supported by invitations to collaborate with some of Australias leading arts organisations and artists, and in the shadow of increased funding pressure, continued to develop innovative new work and present compelling performances. In 2017 our ensembles performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, presenting Mahlers Symphony No.3 (Sydney Childrens Choir); Opera Australia, providing the Childrens Chorus for productions of King Roger and Tosca; The Idea of North who were guest artists for the annual National Choral School; and performed the Australian National Anthem for the first time in Canberras Ngunawal language, at the Minerals Council Parliamentary Dinner.There were an unprecedented three international tours in 2017, all of which were completed with artistic and financial success.Gondwana Chorale, the National youth choir, gave performances throughout the USA in January/February, including a capacity performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. In May, Gondwana Indigenous Childrens Choir introduced audiences to songs in Indigenous languages and the vibrant songs and dances from the Torres Strait in their first European tour where they collaborated with Carmina Slovenica and The Vienna Boys Choir. In June/July, Gondwana Voices performed ambitious programs in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Iceland to celebrate their 20th Anniversary. In addition to works by Lyn Williams, Kenneth Lampl, Ross Edwards, Sally Whitwell, Joseph Twist and Dan Walker, the choir performed works by Rihards Dubra, Arvo Pärt, Vytautua Miskinis and Hildigunnur Runarsdottir, composers from each country visited. The programs also included the Sitting Dances from Aceh in collaboration with Suara Indonesian Dance.Songs of My Country was a major collaboration between the Vienna Boys Choir, Gondwana Indigenous Childrens Choir and the Sydney Childrens Choir (SCC) that took place in Sydney and Cairns in October. The project explored the cultural heritage of all three ensembles expressed through song with SCC and GICC performing all-Australian programs with texts in four Indigenous languages. It included Boori Guman, a major new commission by Owen Elsley for all three choirs to form the centrepiece of the collaboration. The story was shared by Gimuy Walubara Yidinji Elder Gudju Gudju and tells of three warriors tasked with stealing fire from the Rainbow Serpent.
Main beneficiary
Children - aged 6 to under 15
Other beneficiaries
  • Youth - aged 15 to under 25
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Where the charity conducted activities during the 2017 reporting period
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia
  • Other Countries
    • AUT
    • EST
    • DEU
    • ISL
    • LVA
    • LTU
    • USA
Will the charity change or introduce any activities in the 2018 period?

Section C: Human Resources

Human resources
  • Full time employees: 8
  • Part time employees: 8
  • Casual employees: 47
  • Full-time equivalent staff (FTE): 13
  • Estimated number of volunteers: 136

Section D: Finance

Charity's 2017 reporting period
1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017
Type of financial statement
General purpose financial statements
Financial report consolidated with more than one entity?
Did your charity have any related party transactions?
Does your charity have documented policies or processes about related party transactions?

Comprehensive Income Statement summary

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Balance Sheet extract

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Financial report submitted to a state/territory regulator?
State or territory of the regulator where financial report was submitted

Section E: Annual report

Note: If you want to see the financial report or annual report that this charity has submitted, go back to Financials & Documents.

Section F: Reporting to state or territory regulators

Is the charity an incorporated association?
Select the state/territory and enter the incorporated association number
NSW incorporated association number: 16065410577
Does the charity intend to fundraise in the next reporting period?
Select the state/territory where the charity intends to fundraise in the 2018 reporting period
NSW fundraising number: 12153