The Sydney Children’s Choir enjoys a reputation for artistic innovation and spell-binding performances.

Founded as a single ensemble by Lyn Williams AM in 1989, it now includes approximately 400 young people

from across Sydney, comprising performing choirs and training ensembles.

The Sydney Children’s Choir continues to forge new artistic paths and directions through its commitment to

new music. Close to the choir’s heart is its repertoire of over 100 specially commissioned works, and it

continues to premiere new music from leading and emerging composers. In June 2022, the choir gave the

premiere performance of the daring staged work Hypnopompia, directed by Alexander Berlage with music

ranging from Elliott Gyger to Sufjan Stevens and Billie Eilish.

The choir has a long history of performing with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In July 2022, the choir

performed William Barton’s Of the Earth with the orchestra and Chief Conductor Simone Young to celebrate

the re-opening of the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. In June 2023, the choir joined with Marliya to

perform Spinifex Gum with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and conductor Aaron Wyatt.

Over the decades it has performed at many high-profile events including the Sydney Olympics Opening

Ceremony, World Youth Day, Sydney Festival and with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra.

The choir has toured extensively, presenting their signature performances of contemporary Australian music

to new audiences across the world. In 2019, the Sydney Children’s Choir hosted the Gondwana World Choral

Festival, which brought the world’s finest children’s choirs to Sydney for a week of 21 performances at the

Sydney Opera House and Sydney Conservatorium of Music, broadcast on ABC Classic.

In early October 2023, Sydney Children’s Choir gave the premiere performance of Gumura a new work written

especially for the choirs by long-standing collaborator and friend Matthew Doyle. The performance also

included the premiere of five new works by emerging composers, all of whom are alumni of the choir.

The Sydney Children’s Choir is one of the world’s leading choirs for young people, offering a standard of

training unsurpassed in Australia. The choir goes beyond the school curriculum, allowing young musicians to

extend their knowledge and providing them with world-class performance opportunities. Rehearsals are held

at Parramatta and Sydney City, with places available for all school age students.

For more information and to join, visit or call (02) 8274 7001