Day 13 in China: Day 2 of World Choir Games

Today was our final day of competition and the Choir were all on the bus by 7.30 a.m. ready to compete in the Open Competition – Category 12, Musica Contemporanea (Contemporary Music) section of the World Choir Games.

To date the Choir’s supporters on the tour have been the only persons who have watched the other choirs perform. This is because every Choir is given ½ an hour rehearsal time in an appointed room, before being given another 10 minutes to do a sound check in the theatre where they will compete. As every Choir competing in that heat has to do the same, this means there is approximately a 2-hour wait between the sound check and actually competing, and during that time the Choir must remain on the bus. Every Choir is then whisked into their respective competition venue just prior to performing before they are whisked away again as soon as they are finished. As such the only way the Choir can get a feel for who they are up against is through the feedback provided by the supporters on the tour.

Today, as yesterday, while the Choir sat on the bus, the support group watched every competing Choir’s 10-minute sound check. However today, unlike yesterday when the Choir performed at  #8 out of a group of 9, the Choir performed at #4. Accordingly the supporters only saw the performances of the 3 choirs preceding the Chamber Choir. Nevertheless the 10-minute sound checks convinced us that today’s competitors were of a very high standard, with many Choirs made up of relatively young choristers (including some very cute childrens choirs) whose energy and enjoyment of singing was palpable. After our confidence of yesterday it was also brought to our attention that we are not just competing against the choirs in our heat, but rather there are numerous heats for each section.

These concerns aside, the Chamber Choir once again managed to bring their own special energy and experience to their performance and their singing of Morning Fanfare, Wiigen-Lied, Geography VI, and El Hambo again caused a judge to spontaneously applaud, while another was overheard to remark that the Choir was ‘really very good’ and that they ‘had it all’.


5 Responses to “Day 13 in China: Day 2 of World Choir Games”

  1. 1 judi walker
    July 18, 2010 at 08:33

    Hi guys and gals. Sitting on buses……you’ve done that and won.(Battle) Good prep and psyc-up time. It doesn’t suprise me at all that you have had such a response from the judging panel. How many sections did you compete in? Please tell Elliott, Sharks lost and I miss him. Have a great time at Expos and at the hosptial. So wish I could come to the hospital gig……..love kids. You make us all proud. Lots of ppl are following your adventures on here, even tho they are not choir ppl, they love that you are representing Australia and Newie. Are you still going to Canberra the week after you get back? What’s the dates please.
    Blessings to all.

  2. 2 Faye Jack
    July 18, 2010 at 13:11

    Guess you are glad the comp is over. Yea it would be incredible to win such a competition. But even if you don’t just remember what enjoyment you give to those that see and hear your performances. You truely are unique.

  3. 3 Rosie Murree-Allen
    July 18, 2010 at 20:46

    Great to hear all the news. Sounds like a very hectic time during the competition, and whether or not you win a place you’ve already wowed the judges and certainly all who heard you back in Oz. We’re all very proud of you all and wish you lots of happy times in the days remaining.
    All those in the Cathedral choir, you can come home now!
    Missing all of you and looking forward to hearing all the stories when you get back.
    Hugs, and safe travelling.

  4. 4 Rose Matthias
    July 19, 2010 at 16:35

    Just read the amazing news on Facebook! Congrats to you all! Such an amazing achievement! Proud of you all 🙂 [especially Uncle Phillip haha)

  5. 5 Melanie James
    July 19, 2010 at 18:32

    Well done. have been tweeting the news and rallying the troops – no doubt there’ll be great interest now!

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