Jasmine and Wattle – the CD
The University of Newcastle is delighted to present Jasmine and Wattle, which was recorded in Shanghai, China and includes music performed by the University of Newcastle Chamber Choir in the 2010 World Choir Games. It showcases the Choir’s wide-ranging repertoire including several Chinese folksongs.
The Choir demonstrates the University’s commitment to excellence and innovation – from its member’s deep love of music to their technical musicianship and artistic integrity, matched only by the Choir’s willingness to move outside the traditional limits of choral performance. As a result the Choir continues to receive accolades and awards in Australia and overseas.
Video of the Chamber Choir in China
"What a buzz to be surrounded by crowds of curious Chinese, many happily snapping photos of this strange group of Australians, while we sing a selection of Chinese folk songs and Waltzing Matilda. Our impromptu Chinese audience smile and applaud enthusiastically when we sing Moli Hua "Jasmine Flower" – a favourite Chinese folk song – in our best Mandarin accents! This experience is repeated many times – on the Great Wall, after a monster fireworks display in Shaoxing, and several times on the Bund in Shanghai."
We hope listening to Jasmine and Wattle brings as much warmth and joy to you as our time in China brought to us.