Annual Information Statement 2018

Legal Name
Gondwana Choirs

About the charity

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  • NSW fundraising number: 12153
  • QLD fundraising number: CP6092
Basic Religious Charity

Activities and Beneficiaries

Did the charity operate in the 2018 reporting period?
Main activity
Culture and arts
Description of charity's activities and outcomes
Gondwana Choirs is the voice of young Australia. Through the artistic leadership of Lyn Williams AM, we create and present innovative new choral work and drive collaborations that redefine how audiences perceive choirs, and what they are capable of.

Our performing ensembles include the Sydney Children’s Choir and Young Men’s Choir, Gondwana Voices, Gondwana Chorale, the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir, and the newest Indigenous performing ensemble, Marliya. These are supported by the regular and seasonal training programs, engaging up to 1000 young people nationally each year.

Gondwana presents a range of concerts each year, enjoying strong co-presentation relationships with City Recital Hall and the Cairns Regional Council. We have an ongoing collaboration with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and provide children’s choruses for Opera Australia and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Our artistic projects are daring and challenge what choirs are capable of stylistically. Marliya, made up of Indigenous choristers from Far North Queensland, performed Spinifex Gum, a new full-length stage work at the Adelaide and Sydney Festivals. Written by singer/song writer Felix Riebl, Spinifex Gum challenges audiences to consider confronting social issues such as Indigenous youth incarceration.

National Choral School gathers young choristers from every state including regional and remote areas to form Australia’s national youth choirs. The season culminates in a four day Festival of Summer Voices and includes a comprehensive series of elective studies, including Acehnese dancing, Balinese Gamelan, Taiko drumming and Music Therapy.

Gondwana Choirs engages the best Australian choral conductors, pianists, guest artists and composers. Since 1989, 48 Australian composers have been commissioned to write over 250 new works for the choirs, a substantial body of work which has made a significant contribution to the artform.

We also lead choral training and professional learning for educators, developing extensive teaching resources of works primarily by Australian composers, to promote quality singing in the classroom and creative music making.

Many emerging and established Australian composers develop their craft and receive commissions through Gondwana Choirs and many alumni have pursued successful careers as composers because of their positive experience in the choirs. Our alumni perform in orchestras, bands and opera companies worldwide. As composers, conductors, music teachers, pop artists, and arts workers, they are also the next generation of audiences and advocates for the arts.
Where the charity conducted activities during the 2018 reporting period
  • New South Wales
  • Queensland
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
Will the charity change or introduce any activities in the 2019 period?
Main beneficiary
Children - aged 6 to under 15
Other beneficiaries
  • Youth - aged 15 to under 25
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Financially disadvantaged people

Annual report

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Human Resources

Human resources
  • Full time employees: 6
  • Part time employees: 9
  • Casual employees: 63
  • Full-time equivalent staff (FTE): 12.80
  • Estimated number of volunteers: 115

Financial Reporting

Charity's 2018 reporting period
1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018
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