Choir Music


Image above: VOX with Elizabeth Scott Photo by Keith Saunders
Banner Image: E STuudio

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs launches into 2018 with a stunning international collaboration, bringing their acclaimed young adult choir, VOX, together with one of the most awarded youth choirs in history, Estonia’s E STuudio, in their premiere Australian performance. Continue reading VOYAGE OF VOICES: SYDNEY PHILHARMONIA CHOIRS


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 MUSIC & MEMORIES: Thursday 30 November
12 noon until 6.30pm
To celebrate St Andrew's Day, St Andrew’s Cathedral is curating another special collection of items from its archives including original architectural sketches, the plans for the tapestries of Bishop Broughton’s chair and other intricate needlepoint items, guest books signed by visiting Royalty and historic service sheets – some dating back to the late 1800s. It even includes musical scores that help tell the story of the Cathedral's choristers - such as the red leather-bound copy of Handel's Messiah, presented as a chorister attendance prize in 1898! 
 Archival display available from 12 noon until 6.30pm
 St Andrew's Day - Organ Recital (with refreshments to follow!)
 St Andrew's Day - Choral Communion Evensong
 For those who would prefer to join us for our regular Thursday evensong - be prepared for special treat. Starting "as the shadows lengthen" at 5:15pm, we are conducting a special Choral Communion for St Andrew’s Day, with this beautiful early evening service lead by the Dean



Above: Guest conductor, Brett Weymark. Featured image: The Sydney Chamber Choir.

This concert showcased the Sydney Chamber Choir at its dramatic best. The group’s stunning vocal precision, capacity for warmth of tone and command of textual detail ensured quality delivery of Britten’s cantata Saint Nicolas Op 42 and a collection of short, evocative sacred works to fill the concert’s first half.

The thorough realisation of Britten’s music and narrative sweep was a true highlight of this event. Reflecting  the origins of this work as a composition for the centenary celebrations of Lancing College in 1948, the choir was joined by school-age voices and instrumentalists.

This young talent came from the NSW Public Schools Junior and Senior Singers, Santa Sabina College Chamber Choir and the NSW Public Schools Percussion Ensemble. Student Shirley Zhu was joined by Katherine Day on Piano

Such collaboration brought with it exciting energy. A small and confidently spoken  string ensemble (Anna McMichael and Stephen Freeman-violins, Nicole Forsyth-viola, Anita Gluyas-cello and Theo Small– double bass) joined the student percussion and focussed piano duet to manage Britten’s atmospheric requirements in excellent fashion.

Guest conductor Brett Weymark (Sydney Philharmonia Choirs) harnessed all forces and the participation of the audience for hymn singing to present this varied work with clarity and poignant momentum.

Also pivotal to the success of Britten’s cantata was tenor Richard Butler’s penetrating plaintiveness in the role of Nicholas. Text and emotional development were delivered clearly and with appropriate passion. We were taken on an interestingly coloured vocal excursion as the dialogue and description of Nicolas’ acts or miracles reverberated around the Sydney University Great Hall space.

Effective staging for various characters and character groups was also dramatically pleasing. Use of the back of the venue and the centre worked well. Female voices singing lined up the side of the hall as mothers of the soon to be resurrected Pickle Boys brought the audience very close to their laments and the story.

This successful re-enactment of Britten’s formidable cantata in some ways made it tempting to want a programme with a large work of similar nature balance and flesh out the programme’s first half also. This concert began instead with a collection of shorter pieces from composers various. Perhaps one extended early sacred or secular dramatic piece would have reflected the larger Britten work well.

However, in the collection of works opening the concert we had the chance to hear from Sydney Chamber Choir sacred settings of music by none other Hildegard von Bingen, Hans Leo Hassler Bach and Buxtehude in a blend of clear and precise performance with a satisfying degree of religious drama.

Apart from the fine choral interpretation, Edwin Taylor’s continuo organ accompaniment was a highlight throughout this half of the concert, as was the string ensemble joining Sydney Chamber Choir soloists and choir for the exquisite setting of the Magnificat attributed to Buxtehude, which was exquisitely performed.

The Ave generosa chant of Hildegard von Bingen was pure atmosphere with which to begin the event, once again using the venue space well with a procession-style entry of voices above Nicole Forsyth’s solo viola.

The next Sydney Chamber Choir concert on the evening of Saturday October 7 promises to please once more. It includes a performance of Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas and smaller works by Monteverdi, Palestrina and Marenzio. This concert will be conducted by Roland Peelman and features the early music ensemble The Muffat Collective.


Presented by Sydney Eisteddfod in partnership with the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove, this special sing-off will feature the some of Australia’s best choristers performing favourite songs like you’ve never heard them before!

This exciting Sunday afternoon entertainment is something the entire family is bound to enjoy, with the stand out choral performances from this year’s Sydney Eisteddfod selected to participate.

Choirs will be singing for the audience and jury vote, with the winners walking away with their share of the $20,000 prize pool.

Raising funds for both Sydney Eisteddfod and the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove, proceeds will go towards the Sydney Eisteddfod Scholarship Fund and enabling the continuation of the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove’s work in the community both in Australia and overseas.


When: 20th August at 2.30 pm

Where: Sydney Grammar School, John Vallance Hall

Tickets: Adult $44, Concession $33, Family $99 (+bf)

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Australia’s most in demand soloists join Leichhardt Espresso Chorus in the wondrous acoustic of Marrickville Town Hall to perform an epic tale of leadership to rival our times.

Performers: Leichhardt Espresso Chorus and Orchestra, Michelle Leonard OAM, Anna Fraser, Brad Cooper, Andrew O’Connor, Morgan Balfour and Nacelle Yeo. Also Simon Ellis on the Wurlitzer Theatre Organ playing the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.

Sunday 2 July 2017 at 4 pm at Marrickville Town Hall.

$50 reserved
$45 unreserved
$40 early bird (available until 18 June 2017)
$30 concession

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It was dry if cloudy at this invite only launch held in the undercover courtyard at the Riverside Theatres in Parramatta.

Ms Yarmila Alfonzetti, Chief Executive Officer of the Sydney Youth Orchestras, opened the proceedings, welcoming us and making a speech reminding us that it marks thirty years since the passing of Peter Seymour, the founder of the Sydney Youth Orchestra.

In her speech she spoke of how, ‘Music is about sharing, giving and connecting and that it is very exciting to be part of this launch and founding something new and inspiring  which makes music further accessible to all.”

She also said big ‘thank yous ‘ to the founding partners of the Western Sydney Youth Orchestra including Fort St Capital and Dixon Advisory, as well as the Riverside.
Ms Amanda Chadwick, Administrator, City of Parramatta Council spoke next, mentioning the other VIPS attending and the recent release of Parramatta’s Cultural statement

.She discussed the cultural statement which was about how Parramatta Council is promoting growing and celebrating culture and enthusiastically welcomed the partnership between Sydney Youth Orchestra and Riverside. She spoke of how , ‘Talent comes from every suburb and we are looking at an exciting journey, breaking down barriers and creating new opportunities.”

David Borger, Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber spoke next. He reminded us that the Orchestra has given many talented young musicians a chance to rise to the next level, and that it is a training ground for professionals. He said that the Sydney Business Chamber is trying to provide funding to break the tyranny of distance and allow for travel and expansion of cultural programs and events.

Steve Hawkins of Fort Street Advisers said that opportunities for advancement should not be defined by postcode. The launch of the Western Sydney SYO creates a platform for the next great wave of musicians who come from the area.

The final speaker was the Hon Stuart Ayres MP, Minister for Western Sydney who excitedly declared that this would be the start of a new chapter in the story of the Sydney Youth Orchestra .

The new Orchestra’s area covers  from Penrith to Sutherland. He is hoping that the Western SYO will draw people from a wide geographical area, and said that this was all about providing high quality education and music for the area. Mr Ayers also referred to the upcoming national and international tours by the Sydney Youth Orchestra.

The launch concluded with a performance of Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov ’s Capriccio Espagnol, dynamically conducted by James Pensini and beautifully played by the Orchestra.

Guests then mingles, and further sampled the finger food and drinks on offer.

The first performance by the new Western Sydney Youth Orchestra will be this coming weekend Sunday 26 March at 2 pm



The Discover masterclasses in 2017 will take place at the legendary choir’s rehearsal space in Millers Point. Please see below for dates, themes and to register. Discover is held on Sunday mornings, 10am-12pm.

Registration is $40 per person.

Register for all Discover masterclasses and receive a 10% discount!

Why join the workshops?

Gain a deeper understanding of the times in which the music was written and uncover the stories around the work
Actively engage in the music, singing sections of the work
Learn about your voice and the ways it is used to sing these great choral works

Dates in 2017:
26 February – The music of Brahms with Sam Allchurch
2 April – The Bach Passions with Brett Weymark.
14 May – Elijah, a taster of what you can expect at ChorusOz.
9 July – French Choral Music.
13 August – English Choral music with Brett Weymark.
8 October – The Music of Elgar.
3 December – The Music of Handel, Messiah.

26th February, 2nd April, 14th May, 9th July, 13th August, 8th October, 3rd December

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Rich and sumptuous, at times rather heavy and possibly overwhelming this marvelous concert combined the glorious forces of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and the Sydney Youth Orchestra.

The conductor Brett Weymark was in energetic, enthusiastic form. The Orchestra was in great shape and performed with a glowing tone, finely nuanced and handling the various musical styles very well. Both the Orchestra and Choir were meticulously rehearsed and under Weymark’s direction caught the light and shade of the music from fragile, crystalline brilliance to thunderous, tumultuous pounding waves.

Soprano Penelope Mills and baritone Christopher Hillier, the two soloists, were in thrilling voice. Continue reading SYDNEY PHILHARMONIA CHOIRS AND SYDNEY YOUTH ORCHESTRA @ CONCERT HALL SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE


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The Daydream Believers choir, the brainchild of Barbara Beinart Pashut, is an Affiliate Choir with Creativity Australia, is  a wholly inclusive choir who welcome everybody – there are no auditions. Everybody is welcome! You just have to have a love of singing and of being part of a community.

Robert Teicher
Robert Teicher, current choir master

On Sunday 30 October the choir will celebrate its eighth anniversary concert at the COA at 2 pm. In the meantime the choir meets every Thursday evening between 5.30 pm and 7.00 pm at the Council of the Ageing (COA),  25 Rowe Street, Bondi Junction.  To en quire further about this wonderful choir you can contact Barbara on her mobile- 0413740692, by email-, or by logging on to :-







The Choir Of Hard Knocks, celebrating ten years since the choirs’  emergence on the smash ABC hit, is set to embark on its first national tour entitled the Hope and Inspiration tour.

The choir, still conducted by their original Founding Artistic Director Dr Jonathon Welch AM, will perform at the Joan Sutherland theatre, Sydney Opera House on Sunday July 24 at 3pm.

The tour is being supported by Rotary and proud partner Jetstar and will celebrate the musical achievements and personal journeys of many of the choirs’ members.

The concert will include new material as well as the choir performing their signature song, Leonard Cohen’s masterpiece, Hallelujah.

The Choir will also be performing in Melbourne at the Hamer Hall on Sunday August 14 at 3pm.

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Sydney Eisteddfod – Choirs @ The Concourse

Pic- Members of the Southern Brothers who will compete at the upcoming Eisteddford.

A unique snapshot of Australian choral performance, Sydney Eisteddfod presents a program of events for choirs of all ages and genres that attracts choristers from all over Australia as well as internationally.

Choirs will first compete in their chosen category and choristers who have secured 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place will qualify for The John Lamble Australasian Choral Championships.

Choir Events at The Concourse:
General session tickets: Adult $17, Concession $14
Tickets available at the door. Cash sales only. 28th and 29th May.

The John Lamble Australasian Choral Championships:
19th June, New Hall, Sydney Grammar School
10am- Infant / Primary
1.30pm- Youth
6pm- Open
Tickets (per session); Adult $27, Concession $22 (+b/f)

Australian Choral Grand Prix for Any Age & Youth (19/u) Choirs:
21st August, 2.30pm, New Hall, Sydney Grammar School
Tickets; Adult $44, Concession $33, Family $99 (+b/f)

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28th – 29th May 2016

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Sydney Chamber Choir: Passion and Resurrection @ The Great Hall

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With Easter approaching, the Sydney Chamber Choir’s performance titled PASSION AND RESURRECTION at the Great Hall, Sydney University, combined a number of classical and modern compositions inspired by this important event in the Christian calendar. It forms part of the 2015 concert cycle to celebrate the Choir’s 40th anniversary titled ‘Life Begins At 40’.

It also served as the last performance of the Choir’s longstanding Musical Director Paul Stanhope, who has been instrumental in shaping the Choir to merge the classical traditions with modern currents and thus ensure that the Choir retains its beautiful choral characteristics but also incorporates a modern edge. Continue reading Sydney Chamber Choir: Passion and Resurrection @ The Great Hall