Founded in 1982 by Musical Director, Mrs Wynette Horne (OAM), the Australian Waratah Girls Choir boasts an enviable reputation in Australia and around the world for the quality and diversity of its performances and recordings, and has become one of Newcastle’s greatest cultural assets. Noted for its extraordinarily, beautiful tone, the choir enjoys a vast and varied repertoire, bringing delight to all who hear.
Since 1982, the Senior Choir has travelled extensively throughout Australia and abroad, excelling in national and international competitions. In 2007, the choir enjoyed the privilege of being one of the first Australian choirs to be invited to perform in Carnegie Hall, New York, under the baton of Founder-Director, Mrs Wynette Horne.
Since the appointment of Artistic Director, Mrs Lindy Connett in 2007, the choir has continued to represent Australia with excellence. In 2010, the choir toured China and performed at the Shanghai World Expo. A tour of Europe in 2012 included the Festival Internationale di Arte per Giovanni Musicisti where they performed in St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi, St Salvatore in Prague and the WWII ghetto town of Terezin.
In 2013, there were further performances with a number of national and international music groups including The Birallee Voices, Australian Girls Choir, The Idea of North, The Three Waratahs and the Huangyan Chamber Orchestra (China). The choir was also asked to sing at the opening ceremony of the 2013 Special Olympics. In 2016, the choir achieved the title of Australian National Champions at the Australian National Eisteddfod and has been invited as a guest choir to perform at the Australian National Choral Association’s national conference, Choralfest Fremantle, 2019.