27 January 2017
In 2016 the Glennie School commissioned Donna Dyson to compose Spirit of Australia to include in the Europe Tour Choir’s repertoire for their Europe Tour held in July 2016. The song, first penned on a napkin by composer Donna Dyson who collaborated with Damien Leith, has transcended expectations and has been announced the APRA/ASA Song of the Year at the 36th National Songwriting Awards.
“It was an absolute pleasure to work with composer Donna Dyson at rehearsals in the months leading up to the Europe tour. Her feedback on our progress with the rehearsal of the song was integral to our success in performing the song for the first time to audiences at the Summa Cum Laude Music Festival held in Vienna” said Mrs Sharon Gilbert, Head of The Arts at Glennie.
Spirit of Australia had its Australian debut at QPAC Concert Hall when the Glennie Middle and Senior Years Choir performed at Brisbane Sings, a community event featuring choirs and singing groups from all over the city. In September, Donna Dyson released the song with Damien Leith adding his special touch as vocalist. With this dynamic duo at the helm, it is no surprise the song is receiving nationwide acclaim.
In addition to the song being the unanimous favourite with the judging panel, Donna Dyson and Damien Leith are celebrating their prestigious win as 2016 APRA/ASA Songwriters of the Year. Spirit of Australia has the potential to be the theme song for national sporting events, awards days and the 2018 Commonwealth Games. It would be an honour for Glennie to be part of the song’s future journey.