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young adelaide voices (first concert choir)

Rehearses 5.15 – 7.30pm on Thursdays in the school term

Musicianship 7.30 – 8pm
Conductor: Christie Anderson
Accompanist: Karen Yee

Musicianship: Margaret Lange OAM and Kirrabelle Lovell

Head Choristers: Sanne Baltussen and Katarina Schulz

The world-class excellence of Young Adelaide Voices has been witnessed in performances at many prestigious events and venues both overseas and in Australia.  The Choir has undertaken six international tours since 1994, performing throughout Europe, North America and Asia.  Highlights have included Recitals in Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Hiroshima, Japan, Cologne Cathedral, the Prince of Meiningen’s castle, Hong Kong, Disneyland and at the 800th Anniversary of the City of Dresden.

The choristers have also represented Australia in many international festivals, most notably the World Festival of Children’s Choirs in China and Hong Kong and the European Youth Choral Festival in Neerpelt, Belgium.  It is in Belgium where they have twice received Festival honours, 1st Prize cum laude (2008) and 1st Prize summa cum laude (1996).

In their 4 week long USA tour in 2012, YAV won First Prize in all the Youth Choir sections in the 9th International Golden Gate Youth Choir Festival in San Francisco plus a Silver medal in the World Choir Games in Cincinnati (the highest medal placement of any Australian choir). They also performed in Washington DC, Fairfield Connecticut and New York. 

Categories in which YAV won Gold are:

  • Historic Music  
  • Folk Music
  • Contemporary Music

In Adelaide, YAV has performed with many other artistic organisations and every year are privileged to take part in both the Credit Union Christmas Pageant and Carols by Candlelight in Elder Park.

They also perform at other community and professional events, including the Adelaide Festival Centre’s “Something on Saturday”, the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Reception, Tasting Australia and the SA Great Awards.     

In the past few years YAV has been involved in many diverse gigs, including:

  • Come Out, Festival for Young People (Children’s opera Stari Most)
  • Recording of Faure's Cantique de Jean Racine for Alliance Francais' 100th Anniversary CD, "Encounters"
  • Performing with a cappella jazz masters The Idea of North as part of YAV’s 25th anniversary celebrations
  • Performing Gotye’s Hearts a Mess with Katie Noonan and guitarist Karin Schaupp as part of the Adelaide Festival Centre’s annual program
  • Touring to Hamilton, Victoria as part of the Promenade Festival of Sacred Music. 

YAV perform regularly with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, most recently receiving critical acclaim for their performance in Benjamin Britten’s WAR REQUIEM, performed in November 2013. They join with the ASO to perform Carmina Burana in May this year.

Other programs have included:

  • The Lord of the Rings – the Fellowship of the Ring 2012
  • Bernstein “Mass” Adelaide Festival 2012
  • Mahler Symphony no.8 “Symphony of a Thousand” Adelaide Festival 2010

YAV also enjoy a great social environment as part of their weekly rehearsals and performances as well as a rehearsal camp each year.



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