Ancient City was commissioned for the 10th anniversary of the Sydney Children’s Choir in 1999 by Artistic Director Lyn Williams and premiered in the Sydney Opera House to a standing ovation. It has become one of Paul’s iconic classics and is loved by both choristers and audiences of all ages worldwide. This evocative piece is well suited to the big finale but can also be enjoyed by any size choir in any venue. It was chosen by Gondwana Voices for the 25th Anniversary as one of the most popular pieces in the choirs history.
The main melody is written by Andrew DeTeliga, composer and co-founder of Australia’s first and most successful export, ‘world music’ group, Sirocco, for whom Paul has performed with since 1996. Paul wrote the lyrics while camping on Mount Solitary in the Blue Mountains.
This piece has been recorded numerous times but the original version is available on ABC Classics Gondwana Voices “New Light, New Hope”.
Gondwana at the Sydney Opera House with Paul on solo woodwind, conducted by Lyn Williams
This sample is from the Gondwana Voices Album ‘New Light, New Hope’.