The Australian Girls Choir has toured on thirty-six occasions since 1989 to destinations all over Australia and to every corner of the globe. Over one hundred choristers took part in the AGC’s tours in 2016; broadening their musical and cultural horizons and forging life-long friendships.
We are immensely proud of the reputation that our touring choristers have achieved, and after all these years of meeting and performing with choirs from around the globe we are sure that our approach to touring is unique. Host groups are amazed that we bring girls together from across five cities, who after three days of rehearsal together, can present a show that is of a professional standard. Beyond this, people we encounter cannot believe how much we fit in to each day as a “family” of 62 nor can they imagine how we maintain the discipline, energy and endless positivity. Experience goes a long way but we couldn’t do what we do without taking a carefully selected group of talented and committed girls. Parents reliably tell us that their daughters return from tour changed for the better and remark about improved self management, increased confidence and a better understanding of the world outside their own
TOURING WITH THE AGC IN 2016
56 members of Performing Choir, Camerata and Concert Level have arrived home on Aussie soil after taking part in the choir’s 20th International Tour, which travelled to Europe over a three week period.
During the 22 day tour, the girls were hosted with choirs and schools and were involved in 25 performances and workshops. Travelling to destinations including London, Mansfield, Villers-Bretonneux, Paris, Venice, Marostica and Rome, the cultural and performance experiences were many and varied and included:
• Papal Audience performance for Pope Francis at St Peter’s Square, Vatican City
• Two diplomatic concerts in Paris and Rome hosted by Australian Ambassadors
• Combined concerts and workshops with host schools and choirs including Cantamus Girls Choir, Nottingham High School, Victoria School, College Jacques Brel, British School of Paris, Gioventù in Cantata, Giovani Boci Bassano and Ambrit International School. Performances in each of our destinations received standing ovations.
• Visiting famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace and Covent Garden in London; Nottingham Castle in Nottingham; the Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Sacré-Cœur in Paris; Piazza San Marco and St Mark’s Basilica in Venice; and St Peter’s Basilica, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Forum and Colosseum in Rome
We have received many positive comments from host families and schools, audience members and the general public, which have reflected what outstanding ambassadors our touring choristers were, not only for the choir, but our country. Congratulations to all girls involved, we are very proud of your achievements!
NEW ZEALAND TOUR
Our 56 touring choristers from Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney have returned from the choir’s 19th International Tour to New Zealand. The girls took part in eleven performances and eleven workshops throughout the two week period. There were many tour highlights which included:
Combined concerts and workshops with host schools and choirs including King’s College, McAuley High School, Epsom Girls Grammar School, Pacific Dance NZ, Johnny Waititi at Westlake Boys High School, Southwell School, Hamilton Girls High School, Queen Margaret College, Wellington Young Voices, St Mary’s College and Samuel Marsden College.
Performances at the Australian High Commission, Te Papa Museum, Auckland City Library and St Andrew’s on the Terrace.
Sightseeing and tours included Auckland City, Hobbiton movie set, Lake Taupo, Te Papa Museum, Wellington harbour and Mt Victoria.
We received some wonderful comments from our host groups and audience members during the tour:
'The girls were just wonderful. Their voices are gorgeous and their ability to unlock emotions and feelings for Australia was something to cherish. You made my wife cry. Look forward to you coming back to New Zealand.’
His Excellency, The Australian High Commissioner, Peter Woolcott
‘On behalf of Auckland libraries thank you so much for performing for us so beautifully, with such passion and musicality. You brought a lot of joy to so many people today.’
Marilyn Portman, Organiser of our Auckland Library performance
'Spine tingling – absolutely amazing, the marae came alive!’
Matthew Davies, Event Manager of Te Papa Museum
‘Thank you so much for visiting us! You are angelic, talented and very creative. We have learnt so much. Much love and keep singing!’
Stan Goliath, Head of Music, McAuley High School, Auckland
The girls used this tour as an opportunity to develop many new friendships with choristers from all five states, as well as their host families from the schools and choirs we had the pleasure of staying with. Congratulations to all of our touring choristers on being such wonderful ambassadors for the choir and for Australia; we are very proud of you!
TOURING WITH THE AGC IN 2017
Since our first tour in 1989, more than 1500 girls have toured nationally or internationally with the Australian Girls Choir and for most it was a highlight of their time with us and a highlight of their schooling years. We are pleased to be offering two touring opportunities in 2017:
Victoria and Tasmania
June 23 – July 7, 2017
(two week tour)
September 16 – October 7, 2017
(three week tour)
Destinations likely to include San Francisco, Flagstaff (Grand Canyon), Phoenix and Los Angeles
We are currently exploring our options in terms of which cities and towns to visit or re-visit. We’re fortunate to have a wonderful network of choirs and schools in many countries around the world; we will be liaising with potential host groups in coming months in order to put our plans in place. Further touring information will be distributed in term 4 for current Prelude, Concert Level, Camerata and Performing choristers. Auditions will be held in February 2017. Please contact the office if you have any questions about our touring program.