The joys, challenges and privileges of working with the Gondwana indigenous Children’s Choir
Lyn Williams established the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir ten years ago. From its beginnings as a choir for social change it has grown into a strong and powerful musical ensemble. Lyn will look into the history of the choir and how it has come to have the success it does today. She will also explore the ethics of performing indigenous music and tapping into the extraordinary wealth of the world’s oldest surviving culture.
Lyn Williams is Australia’s leading director of choirs for young people. She founded Sydney Children’s Choir 27 years ago to create a world-class ensemble, capable of performing complex music of a professional standard. The Sydney Children’s Choir now proudly represents Sydney as the most prestigious and well-known vocal programme for young singers of school age. Lyn formed the treble choir Gondwana Voices in 1997 where young musicians from across the continent could discover others who share their passion for singing. This programme has grown into Gondwana National Choirs, made up of more than 300 young people. Lyn’s exceptional skill in working with young people is recognized internationally for its high artistic quality and ground-breaking innovation.