TOUR OF GREAT BRITAIN & GERMANY CURRENTLY UNDERWAY: The Australian Voices have been on the road in the UK & Ireland since the end of August 2012. For the latest information on tickets please go to their website: The Australian Voices
The mission of The Australian Voices is to commission, perform, record and promote the music of Australian composers to the highest international artistic standards.
The Australian Voices are singers selected from all over Australia. A gold-medal winning choir with several thousands YouTube hits to their name, they continue to surprise audiences around the world with their vocal acrobatics. Directed by Gordon Hamilton, their recent hits The Facebook Song, Tra$h Ma$h and We Apologise contrast with their beautiful renditions of sacred repertoire by composers like Rachmaninoff and choral-theatre works like MOON (at Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August). Comfortable in a wide range of genres, their recent commissions include Kalkadunga which combines didgeridoo rhythm that are tens of thousands of years old with overtone singing (where one singer produces two notes at the same time).
Since 1993, The Australian Voices have championed an astonishing flourish of new Australian vocal music, having commissioned hundreds of new works. Much of this new music captures vividly the vibrant sound, colour, and energy of the Australian continent and its people. This vocal ensemble has been recognised by many international awards and honours as one of the finest of its type in the world.
The Australian Voices have toured internationally many times, participating in major events in the U.K, the U.S.A., Bosnia, Canada, Guatemala, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, Croatia, New Zealand, Malaysia, China, Taiwan, Singapore and Korea. The Australian Voices have shared stages with some of the great musicians of the world including Jose Carreras, Bobby McFerrin and Evelyn Glennie.
Under the direction of Graeme Morton (conductor 1993-1996), Stephen Leek (conductor 1996-2009), and now Gordon Hamilton (2009-), The Australian Voices have achieved outstanding levels of national and international success, including the following distinctions:
Outstanding Contribution to Australian Music in a Regional Area, for The Australian Voices Festival held in Kenilworth, Queensland (Australian Classical Music Awards, 2008)
Multiple Gold Medalists at the World Choir Games in China (2006)
First Prize in the Youth Choir Category, First Prize in the Chamber Choir Category and finalists in the Choir of the World Competition at the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales (2001)
Best Performance at the Bela Bartok International Choral Competition in Hungary (1998)
Official Australian representative at the The 4th World Symposium on Choral Music in Sydney (1996)
The prestigious Sunnie Award for Best Classical Recording, for the CD Great Southern Spirits (1994)
Regular live broadcasts on ABC Classic FM (the national classical music station)