Past Tours with The Chime Choir
Desert Song Festival, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
New York, USA
Ballarat Regional Tour with Sweet Mona's Choir
Regional Tour of Daylesford Region, Victoria.
Regional Tour of Gippsland, Victoria with concerts in Sale and Stratford. This small tour also featured combined concerts with the Stratford Singers and the Senior Vocal Ensemble from Gippsland Grammar School
Tour of London and Scotland with performances with at the Fan the Flame Music Festival, as part of the 2012 Olympic Games.
Thirty two members participated in our Italian Tour in July 2008. The Montecatini Festival was a great success and during the coach tour through Italy we some magnificent sights. This was particularly special with Chime contributing $30,000 in direct support of participating students.
3rd Choir Olympics, 2004, Bremen, Germany. Following on from our success at the 1st Choir Olympics (and being aware of the work load involved) Chime participated in three categories. Once again we excelled, returning with three silver diplomas. Additional activities included day trips to regional centres and local items of interest.
1st Choir Olympics, Linz, Austria, July 2000. Chime was Australia’s sole representative at the 1st Choir Olympics. To view this from a different perspective: the Australian flag was flying at the opening and closing ceremonies only because of our presence! Further to this, Chime participated in six categories, the most of any of the 400 choirs (18,000 choristers) participating, and we earned two bronze and four silver diplomas - a tremendous achievement at such a prestigious world event. Additional activities included a day cruise on the Danube, and being accommodated at a 500+ year old hotel in the heart of the old city precinct of Linz.
Calgary Stampede, Alberta, Canada, July 1997. Chime was invited to perform at the opening ceremony for the World Band Competition being hosted by Calgary. Performances venues included the Saddle Dome, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Banff Springs Hotel, and the Royal Tyrell Museum, Drumheller. Additional activities included visiting the world's largest shopping centre - West Edmonton Mall, experiencing the luge run from the Winter Olympic, Calgary course, chuck wagon races at the Stampede, Spruce Meadows International Equestrian Centre and the Athabasca Glacier at the Colombia Icefields.
6th International Youth Musicale, Shizuoka, Japan.
Chime returns to Japan for another successful cultural experience.
From the connections formed on our tour of Japan, Chime was invited by ABBE (Angelo Bearpark Brass Ensemble) to Switzerland. We stayed in the lovely town of Crans-Montana. Our performances and sightseeing saw us travel to a castle in Gruyere, the base of the Matterhorn in Zermatt, the hot springs at Leukerbad, Lausanne and the Bon Pere William distillery in Vetroz, Valais where we sampled local delicacies such as raclette and fondue. We also performed in local schools and at the beautiful St George stone church in Crans-Montana.
5th International Youth Musicale, Shizuoka, Japan
Chime's founder had a long standing association with Japan. This saw the choir travel to Shizuoka to be the vocal contribution to the international youth music festival which was primarily for bands. We performed for Royalty and got to experience the culture including Green Tea Ceremonies and Japanese baths. Many friendships were formed through this experience, most closely with ABBE - a brass ensemble from Switzerland.
This was the choir's first international adventure at the invitation of the Hong Kong Children's Choir. It saw the choir perform in places such as Ocean Park and local schools. It was also our first experience of a foreign culture. We also got to explore places such as the Tiger Balm Gardens, Stanley Market, Macau and the many tailors Hong Kong is famous for.