The Sydney Children’s Choir, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, will mark the festive season with two Voices of Angels concerts. Directed and conducted for the first time by Sam Allchurch, Gondwana Choir’s Associate Artistic Director, the concerts will this year take the Twelve Days of Christmasas a theme, and pair the various gifts with carols and music from across the centuries. Allchurch spoke to Limelightabout the concerts.

Sydney Children’s Choir. Photograph supplied

The Voices of Angels concerts have become quite a Sydney tradition. Why do you think they are so popular?

Voices of Angels is such a lovely way to take a break from the madness of the Christmas season. In the midst of the last-minute shopping for presents and end-of-year celebrations, these concerts are an oasis of beautiful music.

How do you feel about being the director/conductor of the concert for the first time?

This is a big responsibility! While I have conducted in the concerts before, this will be the first time I’ve been at the helm for the whole night. The most frequent comment we receive is “Christmas hasn’t begun until we attend Voices of Angels”, so there...