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We are pleased to present our 2022 program after our 2020 and 2021 programs were interrupted due to Covid-19. Dates and times may be subject to change, as the Covid situation progresses.

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Rejoice in the Lamb

Friday 8 April

Wesley Uniting Church
Forrest ACT

Saturday 9 April

St Saviour's Cathedral
Goulburn NSW

Review - Jayden Lohe, Canberra CityNews

CCS presented two performances of Rejoice in the Lamb – a program of English sacred music from the 19th and 20th centuries. From Charles Parry’s blockbuster anthem I Was Glad to Imogen Holst's gentle and introspective Hymne to Christ, the program is a sublime combination of peaceful and rousing tunes, always joyful and hopeful.

Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle

Saturday 25 June

Llewellyn Hall

Review - Dante Costa, Canberra CityNews

Review - Len Power, Canberra Critics Circle

Canberra Choral Society and the National Capital Orchestra present Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle. First performed in 1869, the music ranges from hushed intensity to boisterous high spirits, and abounds in the memorable tunes and rhythmic vitality for which Rossini became justly famous.

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), Sonia Anfiloff (alto), Ryan O’Donnell (tenor) and Hayden Barrington (baritone).



ATTUNE: Celebrating our 70th Anniversary

Saturday 17 September

Canberra Girls Grammar School Auditorium

Melbourne Ave, Deakin

Review - Rob Kennedy, Limelight

Review by Ian McLean, City News

Join us for our 70th anniversary celebratory concert featuring the world premiere of two works by Australian composers Ella Macens and Mike Dooley. These works were commissioned by the Canberra Choral Society to commemorate this special occasion.

Attune by Ella Macens with lyrics by Sarah Rice. This is an ode to the 'parts' of the choir from the ‘whole’ of the choir – the sum of those parts – a recognition that the entirety is only possible with each contributing element.

Songs from the High Country by Mike Dooley. This evocative work celebrates the natural diversity of the Canberra region.

We will also perform three of G.F. Handel's joyous and rousing Coronation Anthems - Zadok the Priest, My Heart is Inditing and Let Thy Hand be Strengthened.

Conductor: Dan Walker

Handel's Messiah

Saturday 3 December

Llewellyn Hall


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.

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