Annual Information Statement 2015

Legal Name
Gondwana Choirs

Section A: Charity Information

Charity size
Basic Religious Charity

Section B: Activities

Activities in the 2015 reporting period
Main activity
Culture and arts
Description of charity’s activities and outcomes
Gondwana Choirs comprises the most accomplished choral groups of young people in Australia. The organisation is now synonymous with performance excellence and has a well-deserved reputation for the highest standards of young peoples choral music in Australia and internationally.When Lyn Williams OAM created the Sydney Childrens Choir in 1989, she wanted audiences to experience the unique and captivating sound of a well-trained childrens choir. Gondwana Choirs are known internationally for their purity of sound and engaging performance style, a courageous confidence and culture of risk taking in creative projects that has vastly impacted the artform, and shaped the sound of Australian choral music.Since 1989, the organisation has grown to include Sydney Childrens Choir, Gondwana National Choirs and Gondwana Indigenous Childrens Choir, captivating audiences across Australia and the world. The lifeblood of their unique repertoire is a vast body of new work which has defined the Australian choral sound. The organisation has commissioned and premiered over 150 works by leading Australian composers, including Ross Edwards, Stephen Leek, Elena Kats-Chernin and Paul Stanhope, and presents predominantly Australian repertoire when touring nationally and internationally.Gondwana Choirs has been involved in many noteworthy collaborations and performances with leading orchestras (Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, West Australian Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, YouTube Symphony, Israel Philharmonic and Australian World Orchestras), ensembles (Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Synergy, Taikoz, Sirocco,Suara Indonesian Dance, the Soweto Gospel Choir and Martenistsa Choir) and artists (including Felix Riebl, Gurrumul, William Barton, Seaman Dan, Kev Carmody, Katie Noonan, Jessica Mauboy, Shaun Tan, Michael Leunig and Jeannie Baker.)Gondwana Choirs has received many awards and recognition of their work, including the 2015 APRA/AMCOS award for Excellence by an Organisation for its artistic program in our 25th year, and significant contribution to Australian music since 1989. Lyn Williams OAM was named in the 100 Women of Influence in 2015, and is engaged nationally and internationally for her expertise in choral training.Alumnus of Gondwana Choirs are now employed by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras and Opera Australia, and regularly appear at Pinchgut Opera, Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival and the Deutsche Oper Berlin. They contribute to Australias cultural life as composers, conductors, music teachers, pop artists, arts managers, board members of Australian arts organisations and Gondwana Choirs staff. They are medical professionals, business leaders and social justice advocates, and their lifelong love of music fostered by Gondwana Choirs draws them to become the next generation of arts philanthropists and audiences.
Changing or introducing activities in the next reporting period
Beneficiaries helped by charity’s activities in the 2015 reporting period
  • General community in Australia
  • Communities overseas
  • Children – under 13
  • Youth – 13 to under 25
  • All ages
  • People with disabilities
  • Migrants, refugees or asylum seekers
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex persons

Section C: Resources and operating locations

Estimated number of unpaid volunteers who worked for the charity during the 2015 reporting period
  • Full time employees: 10
  • Part time employees: 9
  • Casual employees: 86
  • Volunteers: 136
Where the charity operated during the 2015 reporting period
  • New South Wales
  • Queensland
  • Tasmania
  • Western Australia
  • Other Countries
    • CHN
    • HKG

Section D: Reporting and regulatory obligations (This section is optional)

Commonwealth department /(s) and/or agency/agencies charity had to report to over the 2015 reporting period, excluding the ATO and ACNC

State or territory charity had non-corporate reporting obligations to.
New South Wales
Approximate hours spent reporting by paid staff
Approximate hours spent reporting by unpaid volunteers
Total hours spent reporting

Section E: Financial information

Charity's 2015 reporting period
1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015
Financial report submitted to a state/territory regulator?
2015 Financial report
Note: If you want to see the financial report or annual report that this charity has submitted, go back to Financials & Documents.
State or territory of the regulator where financial report was submitted

Income and Expenses

Comprehensive Income Statement summary

Gross Income
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Balance Sheet extract

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Section F: Other obligations

Governing document on the ACNC register current and accurate
Responsible persons' details on the ACNC register complete, current and accurate
Subtypes current and accurate