Behold, the Sea

Saturday 13 April, 2019, 7.30pm

Canberra Choral Society and the National Capital Orchestra

Llewellyn Hall


‘Behold, the sea’, Vaughan Williams’ first symphony, catapults the audience into the action with one of the most powerful musical openings ever written. Join the Canberra Choral Society and the National Capital Orchestra for this one-night-only performance of Vaughan Williams’ captivating masterpiece – an epic journey spanning every nuance of a seafaring adventure – alongside the Australian premiere of Christopher Gordon’s acclaimed film score to On The Beach.

Featuring two of Australia’s fastest-rising musical stars: soprano Chloe Lankshear (The Song Company and Canberra International Music Festival featured soloist) and baritone David Greco (Opera Australia principal artist, ABC Classics Winterreise and Helpmann Award-winning concerts with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra). The CCS chorus prepared by CCS Music Director Dan Walker, and the National Capital Orchestra conducted by Leonard Weiss.

Audition to join the CCS Chorus

Auditions will be held on Sunday 10 February 2019

The ongoing CCS Chorus is an auditioned choir and will be holding several audition days each year. Thirty minute auditions are being held with groups of four to six people auditioning together. The audition will begin with a group warm-up song and the Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah. Following this the Audition Panel will individually check vocal range, sight-singing and listening (aural) skills.

We’ve all been through auditions ourselves, so we understand that you will probably be feeling stressed, and may not sing as well in the audition as you do at home! We are not expecting perfection, but we will be listening to the potential of your voice and your current musical skills.

Audition bookings are now open

Darkness & Light: Mozart Requiem and Haydn Nelson Mass

Darkness & Light: Mozart Requiem and Haydn Nelson Mass

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Saturday 24 November, 7.30pm

Llewellyn Hall

Join us in our end of year showcase as we perform two stunning works – Mozart Requiem and Haydn Nelson Mass.

Written in times of great turmoil for Western Europe this music has reminded generations of the hope and beauty that can be found, even in our darkest moments.

Join us for our one night only performance of these stunning works, brought to life under the baton of renowned maestro, Graham Abbott, with soloists Jacqueline Porter, Anna Dowsley, Jonathan Abernethy and Andrew Fysh, and accompanied by a professional orchestra led by Barbara Jane Gilby.

Canberra’s premier symphonic choir will be joined by 80 guest choristers to form a massed choir of 160 voices, prepared by Choirmaster Dan Walker and Assistant Choirmaster Alice Richardson.