Save the dates

Looking for some great choral music in 2016? We have a lovely program of presentations and collaborations, so make sure you keep these dates free:

  • 2-3 AprilFrom Byrd to Britten
  • 11-12 MayBeethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra in ANU Llewellyn Hall
  • 23 July – Carmina Burana, with the National Capital Orchestra in ANU Llewellyn Hall
  • 4 September – Voices in Space, at the High Court
  • 8 October – Tobias Cole presents The Vow, based on Handel’s Jephtha, in the Canberra Playhouse
  • 3 December – Christmas Story , by Heinrich Schütz in Llewellyn Hall
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Join us in 2016!

Does your 2016 bucket list include these?

  • make new friends
  • do something for myself
  • do something for my health
  • have fun
  • sing

If so, it’s time to action – by auditioning to become a member of the Canberra Choral Society!

The benefits of being in a choir go way beyond singing – friendships with people from all walks of life; the great satisfaction that comes from being part of a bigger project; and many well-documented physical and mental health benefits.

So why choose CCS? Well, in 2016 we have a great range of concerts, starting with “From Byrd to Britten: 400 years of English choral music” in April. Other concerts will include two collaborations with Canberra-based orchestras on two of the biggest pieces in the repertoire; the next Handel oratorio presented by Tobias Cole; and the Christmas Story by 17th century German composer Heinrich Schütz .

Tempted? Our next round of auditions will be held in May. So if you can read music, sing confidently and commit to weekly rehearsals on Monday nights, contact us and we will be happy to book your audition. We know you’ll be nervous, and we don’t expect perfection – just prepare something to sing, be willing to ‘have a go’, and keep going even if you make mistakes!

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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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Our first Concert for the year …

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