Achievements

 

2010 - 2011

Release of the latest CD "Now and Again" recorded at the Mayfield Monastery Chapel

Juniors perform in local production of La Boheme

Invited to China for a reciprocal visit with the Huangyan Children's Choir. The tour included a live, national concert broadcast and singing at the Australian Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo, Shanghai. 

Hosted the Australian Girls Choir;

Performances: Journey's - Songs of the World; Annual 3 Waratahs Concert; Annual Scholarship Concert; Waratah Village Carols;  BelAir Baptist Carols; Lord Mayor's Prayer Breakfast;  Sounds of Spring at the Monastery Chapel; 2011 Rugby extravaganza; Calvary Mater 10th Anniversary Hair Ball; Northlakes Salvation Army Carols; New Lambton Friendship Club; FTMA Australia Conference Dinner

Mayoral Reception and recognition for role as ambassadors for Newcastle

2008 - 2009

Canberra Eisteddfod; Carols at the Hunter Valley Gardens; 3 Waratahs; VOCAL and Livesites; Carols at Honeysuckle; St Phillips annual staff conference; The Seasons concert at Broadmeadow School of Performing Arts

Hosted the Huangyan Children's Choir - from Huangyan Province, China

2004 - 2007

Farewell Concert for Choir Founder and Director for 25 years, Wynette Horne

Performed Carnegie Hall, New York

Australian National Eisteddford - 2 Firsts, 1 Highly Commended, and Juniors U/12 National Champions

Hosted the Finnish Girls Choir , 6 Major Concerts in 2006, Canadian Tour, Toured Finland and UK

2002 - 2003

NSW Ministry of the Arts approved a grant of $5000 towards a tour to the International Choral Sympattii in Finland - followed by a concert tour of England and Wales including visits to Abbingdon, Manchester, and Birmingham and London. Highlights included performing in Westminster Abbey at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Birmingham Cathedral and St. Anne's, London.

Awarded an Australia Council Grant (New Work) of $1900 to commission Sydney composer Matthew Orlovich to write “Gum Tree Country”, a 5-minute piece in three movements for SSAA about Australian bushfires, showcased in Finland.

2001

Highly successful Premier Performance of "A Coming of Age" by Timothy Sexton commemorating Australia's Centenary of Federation. Live CD recording of "A Coming of Age" for choir and orchestra.

Recorded sixth CD “The Best of the Three Waratahs”, featuring the prize winning Waratah Brass, acclaimed Waratah Girls Choir and the much loved Waratah Male Voice Choir (30 years establishment.)

Featured on the front page of the Newcastle White Pages Telephone Directory.

2000

First Australian choir to represent Australia in the Kathaumixw Choral Festival in Powell River, BC, Canada (www.kathaumixw.org) The choir entered only two sections and succeeded in gaining a first and second place in both sections. Following this was a highly successful concert tour of British Colombia which included Gibsons, Nth Vancouver, Salmon Arm, Kamloops and Whistler.

Recorded the fourth CD “Waratah Girls Choir On Tour”, a compilation of popular repertoire from the Canadian tour.

Once more competed in and won $5000 for 1st place in the GIO Open Choral Award at the McDonald's City of Sydney Performing Arts Eisteddfod.

1999

Invited to perform at the Australian Choral Associations Conductors Seminar as the demonstration choir for guest conductor, Professor Rodney Eichenberger from Florida University, USA.

Awarded a grant of $23, 000 by the Federal Government of Australia towards a commissioned work for choir and orchestra by composer, Timothy Sexton. This resulted in the creation of "A Coming of Age" to commemorate 100 years of Australian history as seen through the eyes of youth.

1998

A second highly successful tour of Japan resulting from an invitation by the Society of Asian Pacific, visiting Matsura-shi, Fukushima-cho, Ohtawara-shi, Edogawa, and Tokyo (Tama-shi).

Received a High Distinction (97/100) and Top of State Award for the Gold Certificate International Choral Assessment from Trinity College, London.

Recording of an all Australian CD - Australia Be Proud.

Invited as one of Australia's top ten choirs to participate in the Australian National Choral Association's Choralfest held in Sydney.

1997

Conducted a South East Australian Concert Tour with most of the proceeds going to charities. The tour included visits to Canberra (Australian Capital Territory), Cooma, Melbourne, Portland, Millicent, Adelaide, Port Augusta, Mildura and Wagga. Finishing up in Sydney, the tour culminated in a performance at the National Australia Day Ceremony at Darling Harbour in the presence of the Governor of NSW, the Rt. Hon. Gordon Samuels and NSW Premier, Bob Carr.

1996

The Department of Communication and the Arts approved the choir’s application to be listed on the Register of Cultural Organisations.

Recorded the second CD “Waratah Girls Choir in Concert.”

1995

Accepted an invitation to again compete in the Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod. This resulted in gaining a very satisfying third place in the female choir section, which was (to that time) the best achievement ever by an Australian choir in this section.

1994

Competed in the Citibank Choral Eisteddfod in Sydney, winning $10,000 for first place in the Open Section.

Recorded and released the first CD  “Waratah Girls Choir in Song.”

1991

Toured Japan in representation of Australian/Japanese Cultural Relations. This included performances at Edogawa, Musashino City, Utsonomiya and a visit to the mountain temple in Nikko.

1990

Commenced their International touring experience when invited to represent Australia in the Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod, Wales – the world's most prestigious Choral competition. This was followed by a concert tour of England and Wales including visits to Abbingdon, Manchester, and Birmingham and London. Highlights included performing in Westminster Abbey at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Birmingham Cathedral and St. Anne's, London.

1986 - 1990

Competed in numerous eisteddfods, concerts and competitions Australia wide, winning many awards and much acclaim.

Various television appearances including several Christmas pageants for local television.

1985

Competed at the National Choral Eisteddfod in Canberra winning the title of Australian National Champions.

1982

After only 5 months establishment, the choir (then aged 8 - 14 years) came runner up in the ABC/Joint Coal Board Choral Festival and was subsequently invited by the ABC to record for local broadcasting.