Coming Home


Canberra Choral Society presents an exquisite program of choral music in Coming Home.

Featuring the world premiere of Dan Walker’s The Last Migration, commissioned in late 2022 by CCS to commemorate its 70th anniversary, this beautiful new work for choir and string ensemble is a setting of celebrated Australian poet A D Hope’s vivid and touching poem The Death of the Bird.

The program also presents Ola Gjeilo’s sonorous and uplifting Sunrise Mass for choir and string orchestra, which was partly influenced by the films and film scores loved by Gjeilo.

Two evocative choral works by Sally Whitwell include Lux Aeterna, dedicated “in loving memory of the Orlando USA shootings of 12 June 2016, and Home, a setting of her own heartwarming text.

The concert will be directed by Dan Walker, CCS Music Director, together with a string ensemble and with pianist and repetiteur Dr Anthony Smith.

The Seasons – Haydn

Haydn - The Seasons

Saturday 1 April 3pm

Llewellyn Hall





The Canberra Choral Society and the National Capital Orchestra are excited to continue their series of annual collaborations with the presentation of The Seasons by Franz Joseph Haydn.

Composed towards the end of Haydn’s prolific career in Vienna, this exhilarating secular oratorio features a Canberra-based cast of choral and orchestral musicians, and three excellent soloists, and will be sung in English.

Conducted by Louis Sharpe, with Chorus Master Dan Walker, the two organisations will come together on the Llewellyn Hall stage with soloists Sarahlouise Owens (Soprano), Ryan O’Donnell (Tenor) and Sitiveni Talei (Bass), and narration by Laura Tingle.

Handel’s Messiah

Handel's Messiah

Saturday 3 December 2022

Llewellyn Hall, ANU

Christmas in Canberra means many things, but for singers and audiences alike it means Handel’s Messiah. CCS is joined by guest choristers and a professional orchestra to launch the silly season with a rousing performance of this crowd pleaser.

Dr Graeme Morton AM will conduct an orchestra of Canberra’s finest musicians with soloists Susannah Lawergren (Soprano), Stephanie Dillon (Mezzo Soprano), Andrew Goodwin (Tenor) and Andrew Fysh (Bass).

The concert features the CCS Massed Choir comprising of the Canberra Choral Society with another 90 singers who are joining us for this performance. Enabling the community to participate in fine music-making is something CCS does annually through its Come & Sing Program.

The large and enthusiastic combined group of choristers has been rediscovering the joy of singing the magnificent Messiah choruses. And now they would love to share them with the audience.