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.”