First Concert Choir

Rehearses 5.00pm – 8.00pm on Thursdays in the school term
Halls of Burnside City Uniting Church

(Includes) Musicianship 7.30pm – 8.00pm
Conductor: Christie Anderson
Accompanist: Jamie Cock

Musicianship: Margaret Lange OAM and Stephanie Eaton

Head Choristers: Michaela Eaton & Sarah Cusack

Young Adelaide Voices First Concert Choir is the flagship youth choir of the YAV organisation. Choristers have a high vocal and musicianship standard and enjoy singing, socialising and promoting Australian music for youth choirs to a wide range of audiences. They are proud of their teamwork, common goals, friendships and the contribution they make to the South Australian community through music and participation in iconic events and professional collaborations. YAV 1CC is led by Artistic Director Christie Anderson, accompanist Jamie Cock and a peer leadership team from within choir. They also bake incredibly well.

YAV 1CC is an internationally renowned youth choir, having made nine overseas tours to Canada, Europe, UK, America, China, Hong Kong and Japan. In 2016 YAV toured to Europe, participating in youth music festivals in Salzburg, Bratislava and Verona. It was in Bratislava that they won three gold medals and Artistic Director Christie Anderson won a special award for Best Conductor of the Festival.

The choir has previously represented Australia in the 2005 World Festival of Children’s Choirs and at the European Youth Choral Festival in Neerpelt, Belgium where they have twice won First Prize with Honours, the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati and the 9th International Golden Gate Youth Choir Festival in San Francisco, where they won three First Prizes.

In Adelaide, Young Adelaide Voices has performed and collaborated with the Adelaide International Festival of Arts and the International Fringe Festival, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the State Opera of South Australia, where they have sung in orchestral classics, opera, music theatre and film. Highlights have included the Children’s Chorus for:

  • Britten War Requiem (ASO)
  • Orff Carmina Burana (ASO)
  • Howard Shore The Lord of the Rings (ASO)
  • Bernstein Mass (Adelaide Festival 2012)
  • Mahler Symphony no.8 Symphony of a Thousand (Adelaide Festival 2010)
  • Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel (ASO/State Opera)
  • ABC Classics Recording of Stan and Mabel by Paul Rissman (ASO)
  • The Moon’s a Balloon with Patch Theatre Company
  • Film music for Slingsby Theatre Company’s theatrical silent movie of Emile and the Detectives, with music composed for YAV by Quincy Grant. This won a Helpmann Award in 2018 and the choristers voices are being heard around the world with this show.

1CC also hosts the Watu Youth Choir Festival last held in July 2018.

As part of YAV’s 30th anniversary in 2018, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra commissioned composer Paul Rissman to write a work, What do you with an idea? for youth choir and orchestra based on the New York Times best-selling book by Kobi Yamada. Composed for the entire YAV Choir School and the ASO, this work celebrates creativity, taking risks and unleashing your imagination into the world!

YAV is proud to always be involved in iconic Adelaide Community events, such as Carols by Candlelight, Lord Mayor’s Christmas Gala and Credit Union Christmas Pageant.