Formed in April 2003 by Malaysian choral conductor and pedagogue Susanna Saw, who remains its Artistic Director, The Kuala Lumpur Children’s Choir consists of over 120 young singers aged between 6 and 15.From its home at the Young Choral Academy (YCA), the nation’s first academy for the training of choirs and a centre for choral education, the primary philosophy of the choir is to introduce choral singing as a healthy curriculum in a fun and relaxed environment based onthe Kodaly Method of teaching.These young singers are nurtured and encouraged in the hope that their abilities will be recognized, which will in turn lead to the raising of standards of choral singing in Malaysia.
The choir has won many prizes and awards and made successful tours to Australia, Austria, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Latvia, Singapore and South Korea. They have also collaborated and shared the stage with many international ensemblessuch as the All American Boys’ Chorus (USA), New York Harlem Singers (USA), City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (UK), Hong Kong Treble Choir (Hong Kong), Pretoria Girls’ High Choir and Pro-Cantu Youth Choir (South Africa), Zvjezdice Choir(Croatia) to name but a few. Notable festival appearances include the 20th International Kodaly Symposium in Brisbane (Australia), Singapore International Youth Choir Festival (Singapore) both in 2011, and a regular guest choir at the Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod (Children’s Symposium).
The Kuala Lumpur Children’s Choir has collaborated on numerous occasions with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) in concerts such as the Lord of the Rings Symphony, Some Enchanted Evening with Sir Willard White, Mahler Symphony No. 3and most recently sang the Malaysian premiere of Carl Davies’ work Creepy Crawlies with the composer himself conducting. They also made their opera debut in Bizet’s Carmenfor EST Opera.Upcoming engagements for the 2014/15 season include performances with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra for Mahler Symphony No. 3, Home Alone, Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols for Young Choral Academy and a return engagement with the MPO with an international opera cast in Bizet’s Carmen in January 2015.
For KLCC – Please contact Young Choral Academy at +6014-624 2733 / +603-7733 4691 for audition enquiries