Great Performances in the Albert Hall – the first 25 years

Great Performances for the Albert Hall 3pm Sunday 7 April

Canberra’s Centenary has officially begun, and we’ll be presenting our first gift in just a few weeks – a celebration of Canberra’s first major concert venue, the Albert Hall.

We’ll be recreating some of the greatest performances, and some of the quirkiest, from the first 25 years. There’ll be something for everyone – from opera arias and Swan Lake highlights to a life-size puppet and a touch of Gilbert and Sullivan.

  • Be dazzled by European opera stars Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Lotte Lehmann, and learn of a surprising connection with Robert Garran
  • Enjoy the rich singing of Australian baritone Harold Williams
  • Be touched by the soaring voices and tragic story of the Vienna Mozart Boys’ Choir, who were performing just as World War II broke out
  • Find out what the women of Canberra’s choirs sang while the men were away at war
  • Be awed by the newfound singing sensation Joan Sutherland, who had just (in 1950) won the national Mobil Quest singing competition
  • Be entertained, entranced and amazed by what Canberra’s early musical groups got up to (guaranteed to get you tapping and humming along).

Featuring Canberra’s own Louise Page, Rachael Thoms and Rohan Thatcher, the CCS Chorus, pianists Anthony Smith and Kimberley Steele, cellist Jack Hobbs, dancers from the Kim Harvey School of Dance, puppeteer Joy McDonald, the Turner Trebles, and a guest appearance by a certain monarch!

Come and see for yourself why Ian Warden (Canberra Times) gave us a perfect ten on his Pride in Canberra scale in 2012, and named our Artistic Director, Tobias Cole, his Canberran of the Year

Tickets available through Canberra Ticketing or at the door:
$44 adult / $40 senior / $35 pensioner / $15 student

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