When you’re looking through a ‘what’s on’ list you don’t immediately think ‘I really must go and see that children’s choir’. Until now, I imagined rounding’s and modern renditions of “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep”. I’ve been proved wrong!
Yesterday I went to see Heritage in Song by the Sydney Children’s Choir at the City Recital Hall and was pleasantly surprised. My expectations were smashed by this stunning, stirring and very professional mixed media performance.
We were treated to a beautiful visual display; projected images of beautiful artworks developed by world-renowned composer Stephen Leek, a lovely addition to the stories told by the 60 young singers. All of the musical pieces were moving, the performers were enthusiastic and giving of their gifted voices.
After intermission the older children dressed in black stood in front of white boxes. They sung beautifully about their cultural and familial histories in a price called Mirror. I had almost forgotten about the white boxes until a small child in the front row took the lid off the box at her feet.
She turned on a tiny light and revealed a diorama depicting the story she was singing about.
One by one the children each picked up a box and sung their story while close up images of these dioramas were projected on the big screen. The children moved into the isles and filled every space on the ground floor with their voices. It was just wonderful.
The beautiful singing and maturity of these young performers accompanied by the fabulous musicians including Sally Whitwell on piano have made me a fan of children’s choirs In particular, the Sydney Children’s Choir. I am a convert!