The Choir is proud to have been involved with the Qantas Commercials.

The Choir’s association began last century when Geoff Dixon, former CEO of Qantas, saw the boys singing on Carols by Candlelight, Christmas Eve 1997 . . . the rest, as they say, is history.

Over the ensuing years choristers participated in four advertising campaigns, visiting numerous countries around the world including Argentina, China, England, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Tanzania, Thailand, USA  and of course travelled thousands of kilometres around Australia to the north, south, east and west – from rainforests of far north Queensland to the dry deserts and rocky outcrops of the Bungle Bungles in the north of Western Australia.

Working with Qantas gave the boys an opportunity to sing at the Bledisloe Cup, Socceroos games, farewell and welcome home events for the Olympic and Commonwealth Games athletes, major events in Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, New Zealand, Japan, China and more famously travelled to the United States each January as part of the G’Day USA promotional campaign.

Each time Qantas ran a new campaign the now famous Peter Allen song I Still Call Australia Home underwent some minor musical changes that made that version unique to the new advertisements.  The fourth and final campaign introduced a distinctive indigenous quality, with the opening verse being sung in Kala Lagaw Ya, a Torres Strait dialect.

The National Boys Choir of Australia acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, the traditional custodians of the land on which we rehearse and work. We pay respect to their elders past, present and emerging.


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