Leo Schofield’s Sydney Sings festival postponed indefinitely

After revealing an ambitious program just over a month ago, Artistic Director Leo Schofield’s new festival Sydney Sings has been called off.

In a statement, Sydney Sings said the festival had been “postponed” owing to the ill-health of the event owner and executive director Jarrod Carland.

The event was due to start next month and was set to feature a performance of Orff’s Carmina Burana at the 20,000-seat Qudos Bank Arena (previously Allphones Arena) in Homebush, a visit from American soprano Jessye Norman, Jazz singer Cécile McLorin Savant, and Austrian tenor Martin Mitterrutzner.

Schofield said, “We are disappointed to hear of Mr. Carland’s prolonged illness and especially of the outcome as the public reaction to the new event and to the program has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Sydney Singing Ltd Director Mr Shannon Pigram said, “Jarrod Carland has been integral to the delivery of the event.  We are not prepared to compromise the integrity of the inaugural event so in the best interest of all concerned, we are postponing.”

5 responses to “Leo Schofield’s Sydney Sings festival postponed indefinitely

  1. It seems to me there is a bigger and more disturbing story here. Is it really necessary to waste an enormous amount of money in cancellation fees because of an ill producer, sad as this is? What of all the organisations booked already and the disturbance to their programs? A more capable organisation would have seen this through and may have started with a less ambitious and more achievable program.

  2. A cancellation probably comes at the right time, with random terrorism becoming rampant all over the world. We don’t want to read of anything ugly happening in Sydney on the scale of Paris or Orlando.

  3. One worth waiting for. Leo Schofield has the right idea about successful programs from world wide experience- a Master-Trust his judgment. All the best to Jarrod Carland for his health, Cheers Helen L McAllister

  4. Hello LEO, cancellation a damn shame, Do you remember No 4 flight RAAF , Rathmines , and the impressive magazine “BY the RIGHT” ?? and Corporal MOON ???(trip down memory lane) I collected tuppeny bottles, next year drove my morgan sportscar to camp for the last 3 mths, be nice to catch up sometime, my Bestregards Glyn davies

  5. What a shame/ I wish Jarrod a return to good health as soon as possible.
    And all the best for Leo in his inspired efforts to keep us well supplied with worthwhile music and artistic excellence.


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