History

Canberra Choral Society: A Capital Choir for a Capital City

1952 - 2002

The history of the Society from 10952 - 2002 was documented in Canberra Choral Society: A Capital Choir for a Capital City, by Peter Campbell. (Canberra, PC Publishing 2002 ISBN 0958155305).

The Canberra Choral Society originated in 1952 with a small group of people who began singing together for their own pleasure and musical advancement. This group became known as the Canberra Choral Group and was conducted in its foundation years by Ronald Penny, Peter Bailey and Jane Malone.

The name was changed to the Canberra Choral Society in 1960, and the Society became an officially incorporated association in April 1962, celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2022.

2002 - 2012: From Fifty to Sixty

From Fifty to Sixty (2002-2012), a supplement to the original book, was written by Peter Campbell.

"My research into amateur choral music-making in Australia during the past 50 years suggests strongly that there is a continued market and desire for the presentation of high-quality performances that include a significant percentage of mainstream Classical masterworks from the choral repertoire.There is a vitally important need to continue to commission and perform new works, but, without a doubt, members of the public, as well as the singers themselves...still enjoy a good concert of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and britten, not to mention Monteverdi, Mozart, Medelssohn and Mahler. ...."
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60 Years of Singing

60 Years of Singing documents the 60th birthday celebrations, and include many recollections from original and long standing members of CCS.

2013- 2022: From Sixty to Seventy

From Sixty to Seventy (2013-2022), a second supplement to the original book, was compiled by Peter Campbell, Judy Evans and Peter Morris.

CCS@70

See photos from the 70th birthday celebrations They were taken at the dinner to celebrate the 70th birthday of the Canberra Choral Society. Many previous members and directors were present at the event, held at the Hellenic Club in Woden. These may be downloaded for your personal use.

 

Documents to view or download

CCS Musical & Artistic Directors

Dan Walker, 2019 - current
Dianna Nixon, 2017
Tobias Cole, 2011 - 2016
Dr Peter Pocock, 2005 - 2010
Judith Clingan, 2004 - 2005
John Gilbert, (A/g) Sep - Dec 2003
Thomas Burge, 2002 - Sep 2003
Christoph Moor, Jul - Oct 2001
Piroska Varga, 2000 - Jun 2001
Robyn Holmes, 1993 - 1999
Christopher Lyndon-Gee, 1989 - 1993
Hans Gunter Mommer, 1985 - 1989
Donald Hollier, 1976 - 1985
Ayis Ioannides, 1971 - 1976
Wilfred Holland, 1962 - 1971
Jane Malone, 1958 - 1961
Ronald Penny, 1952 - 1957

CCS Presidents

Rowan Grigg 2022 - current
Peter Morris / Sue Davies / Rowan Grigg
shared 2021 - 2022
Peter Morris Aug 2020 - Mar 2021
Margaret McIntosh 2018 - Jul 2020
Dr Brenda Gill 2015 - 2017
Alison White 2012 - 2014
Dr Brenda Gill 2008 - 2011
Dr James (Jim) Woolnough 2005 - 2007
Sandra Gray 2003 - 2004
Dr Andrew Cheetham 2001 - 2002
Heather Karmel 1997 - 2000
Shirley Pipitone 1995 - 1997
David Harvey 1994
Robert (Bob) Tupper 1990 - 1993
Dr Gary Hovey 1989
Colette Svoboda 1986 - 1989
Robert (Bob) Tupper 1980 - 1986*
CMDR Richard (Dick) Tulip 1976 - 1980
Ann Jeremy 1975 - 1976
Norman (Norm) Petering 1972 - 1975
John Anderson 1969 - 1972
Wally Brown 1967 - 1969
Peter Cooper 1965 - 1967
John Smart 1964 - 1965
Dr William Crick 1963 - 1964
Frank Horner 1962  - 1963

* In 1981 CCS adopted a calendar year for the Committee and financial reporting.

CCS Life Members

Dr Brenda Gill 2021
Mr Peter Morris
 2021
Mrs Heather Karmel
2019
Mr Peter Campbell 2019
Mrs Yvonne Scales 2018
Mr John Inglis 2018
Mrs Barbara Inglis 2018
Mrs Doris Stokes 2017
Mrs Sandra Gray 2017
Mrs Trish Levick 2014
Ms Annabel Wheeler 2013
Mrs Gail Ford 2013
Mrs Helen Cosgrove 2013
Mrs Norma Galloway 2013
Mrs Judy Evans 2008
Mr Frank Zurek 2002
Mrs Beryl Richards 1999
Dr John Richards 1999
Mrs Margot Skinner 1998
Mr Richard Tulip 1997
Mr Robert Tupper 1986