Auditions for new members – 6 August

As our members and guest singers will tell you, singing with the CCS is great fun!  We sing a wide range of delicious and challenging music, work with inspiring musicians who are passionate about choral music, and go home from rehearsals feeling uplifted and re-energised. Not to mention the buzz of the concerts themselves!

If that sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, then why not sign up for an audition. The next round will be held on Saturday 6 August at Lyneham Primary School, from 11am-1pm.

Please be prepared to sing out, have a song ready to go (anything from a folk-song to an aria – hymns and carols are popular choices too …) and just have a go.  We don’t expect our choristers to be perfect, but it certainly helps to have a can-do approach and some music reading experience is a great advantage.

Auditions are up to 15 minutes and can be booked on our booking site.


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Carmina Burana

12_Llewellyn-LCD_1680x1050Join the Canberra Choral Society and the National Capital Orchestra for Carl Orff’s epic Carmina Burana, one of the standout musical cycles of the 20th Century.

Susannah Lawergren, Tobias Cole and David Greco will feature in the performance of some of the most expansive solos ever written.

Also experience Australian composer Sean O’Boyle’s River Symphony, one of the most popular contemporary Australian works for orchestra and choir, as featured in the ABC’s Classic 100 Symphony. The National Capital Orchestra will open the concert with Richard Wagner’s triumphant Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin.

Enjoy the synthesis of two great cultures in a program featuring some of the most popular Australian and German pieces ever performed. Under the direction of Leonard Weiss and Tobias Cole, this evening of orchestral and choral greats is not to be missed! Get tickets here

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From Byrd to Britten

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7.30pm Saturday 2 April | 3pm Sunday 3 April
Ainslie Arts Centre

The tumultuous religious history of England has posed a dangerous challenge for English composers over the centuries. Two of the signature pieces that Canberra Choral Society will perform in its next concert echo that challenge.

The beauty of Byrd’s beautiful Mass for Five Voices transcended the tumultuous times in which it was written.  It will be paired with Britten’s Missa Brevis, written over 350 years later.

Our first concert of the year will also feature secular music from Byrd’s contemporaries and successors among the greats of English Music- Orlando Gibbons and Henry Purcell- as well as the greats of the 19th and 20th centuries- Parry, Elgar, Stanford, Vaughan Williams and Holst.

Artistic director Tobias Cole will bring his usual energy and stagecraft to this performance with the Arts Centre Hall configured to reflect the stalls of one of England’s great cathedrals and featuring ‘competing’ choirs singing the two masses from opposite ends of the hall.

“Music is your access to another place and time”, Cole says. “In this concert we’re planning to take our audience from Tudor England to 1950’s London.”

“Audiences will again have the opportunity to participate in the party with two fabulous hymns to sing.”

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