The Young Voices of Melbourne was founded in February 1990 by Mark O'Leary and is now regarded as one of Australia's finest children's choirs. There are currently 155 children from 6 - 18 years enrolled in the programme who rehearse weekly in one of four groups. We are proud of our achievements since 1990 - here are some of the highlights!
Young Voices of Melbourne has presented many concerts at venues in and around Melbourne, featuring new music by Australian composers, world music from many countries and international classics, both new and old. Highlights include the Australian premiere's of Malcolm Dalglish's song cycle Hymnody of Earth (for choir, hammer duclimer and percussion), Charles Davidson's I Never Saw Another Butterfly (based on poems written by children in Terezin concentration camp) and Peter Butler and Mark Garner's Mixed Fortunes (a comic oratorio written specially for the choir). Young Voices has also performed major works such as Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Vivaldi's Gloria, Porpora's Magnificat, Mahler's 8th Symphony, Karl Jenkins' Songs of Sanctuary and John Sharpley's L'Enfant Sauvage.
In 2006 the choir performed in the Opening Ceremony of the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, and in 2007 performed with world music ensemble Sirocco in the FINA World Swimming Championships cultural festival. Also in 2007 Young Voices of Melbourne won two sections of the Voyage of Song International Choir Competition in Thailand, and Mark O'Leary was awarded outstanding conductor of the festival.
2008 saw the choir perform at the Port Fairy Folk Festival and National Folk Festivals with US composer and hammer dulcimer master Malcolm Dalglish. Young Voices of Melbourne has been widely heard singing the theme music for Chris Lilley's popular TV shows We Can be Heroes and Summer Heights High.
YVM celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2010 with a Gala Concert in the Melbourne Recital Centre and a tour to Europe where it performed in Italy, Slovenia, Hungary and the UK.
Over the past couple of years the choir has continued its touring tradition with great tours to Samoa (2011), South Australia and Kangaroo Island (2012) and the USA (2013) performing in New York, San Francisco, Disneyland and at festivals in Idaho and Montana.