Day 11: Our performance at the opening ceremony of the World Choir Games!

Last night the Choir sang ‘Waltzing Matilda’ to a crowd of more than 10,000 people at the opening ceremony of the 6th World Choir Games in Shaoxing.

The World Choir Games is the largest Choir festival in the world and the Choir were one of only five choirs selected from around the world to perform at the Opening Ceremony of the Games.

Choir Leader Phillip Matthius said that being invited to perform was a huge coup for the Choir. “There are 420 choirs from 80 countries performing at the World Choir Games and being asked to sing at the Opening Ceremony was a tremendous honour.

It is also indicative of the high reputation the University of Newcastle Chamber Choir has earned over the past few years”.

The nationally televised event was a glittering display of song and dance that concluded with the performance by the Chamber Choir.

Tomorrow the competition begins in earnest so after an extremely long (9 in the morning until 10.30 at night) and hot day the Choir were pleased to return to the 5 star luxury of the Mirror Lake Hotel.

following link:  For a quick bite of the World Choir Games Opening Ceremony click on the


The top photo was taken by the World Choir Games Organisers ‘Interkulter’ and this photo features in their blog ‘The 6th Chime’ –http://blog.interkultur.com/index.php/2010/07/16/the-sixth-chime%E2%80%A6/

The photos below were taken by this writer however since security was extremely tight (snipers on rooftops, a 1km cordoned-off area with 4 security checkpoints, bomb sniffer dogs patrolling and tear gas canisters at the ready) getting any closer to the stage was impossible.

A recorded televised version of the Opening Ceremony will also be available soon so watch this space!


5 Responses to “Day 11: Our performance at the opening ceremony of the World Choir Games!”

  1. 1 judi walker
    July 16, 2010 at 11:00

    Thanks for the updates……..looking forward to the photos. Say Hi to Elliott from me. Would so love to have been there to hear you all sing. Nathan’s (Sarah) is awake, but no more posts on FB since then. Pray you are all well. bring home the Gold.
    Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, OI, Oi, Oi

  2. 2 Anne Skipworth
    July 16, 2010 at 11:37

    Hi from the library

    Glad everything is going well. Tell James and Callum that there isn’t much work for us to do with them in China. Good luck in the competition

  3. 3 Conyngham Family
    July 16, 2010 at 21:47

    Go Guys we are all so proud of your efforts and hard work.
    You will suprise China, Australia and The World.
    Luv Greg, Annette & Rebecca

    • 4 Meri Bird
      July 16, 2010 at 22:49

      Hi guys, hope you are enjoying your tour.Everyone hear talking about it. Great updates!
      Say hi to Peter( yes he has got a mother!) Good Luck!

  4. 5 Mary, Bill & gang
    July 17, 2010 at 14:45

    Well done! Glad to hear everything is going well. Good luck over the next days – we are thinking of you all. God bless.

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