2pm Saturday 23 March 2024, St Paul's Anglican Church, Manuka
CCS Music Director - Dan Walker
Organ - Callum Tolhurst-Close
The Faithful Shepherd
Music for Easter
Canberra Choral Society (Established 1952)
More than 70 years of fine music making
The Canberra Choral Society (CCS) originated in 1952 with a small group of people who began singing together for their own pleasure and musical advancement. Under the leadership of 17 successive Music Directors over the past 70 years, the CCS has developed into an auditioned symphonic choir and has become one of the most innovative and exciting choirs in the nation’s capital. CCS presents up to four concerts a year, including - since 2011 - an annual 'Come and Sing' program in which up to 120 non-auditioned singers from the broader community rehearse with the choir and perform a major work with professional soloists and orchestra. Although not offered in 2023, CCS looks forward to resuming ‘Come and Sing’ in 2024. CCS also explores collaborative partnerships with community music groups in the region, including an annual concert with the National Capital Orchestra, and has previously been engaged by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, when their program required choral forces.
Canberra composer, conductor and performer Dan Walker is one of Australia’s most in-demand choral specialists. He has written music for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Gondwana Choirs and Halcyon. As a performer, Dan is a member of the Canberra-based Luminescence Chamber Singers, Sydney-based Cantillation, and Pinchgut Opera. He has been a member of The Song Company and was a founding member of early music ensemble ‘The Parson’s Affayre’. A keenly sought-after conductor, Dan has appeared as Chorus Master for the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Choruses, and is now Music Director of the Canberra Choral Society, the Oriana Chorale and the Canberra Community Chorale.
"Callum brought out a beautiful sound from the cast and orchestra that was clear, even before the curtain opened” – The Fourth Wall Reviews
Callum studied a Bachelor of Music (Honours) in Pipe Organ performance and holds several diplomas in classical piano. He’s in-demand as a conductor, repetiteur, accompanist and soloist and has performed across Australia and internationally, including broadcasts on ABC ClassicFM, commercial recordings and world premieres of new music.
As MD, Callum’s highlights include The Little Mermaid (SYMT, 2023), The Sound of Music (Willoughby Theatre Company, 2023) and The Full Monty (Theatre&Co, 2019). His work as a repetiteur has seen him collaborate with Pacific Opera and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, and his career as an Organist has included the position of Organist & Director of Music at St Luke’s Anglican Church, Mosman, and Sub-Organist at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle.
Outside his musical endeavours, Callum is a highly respected fundraiser who has spent a decade raising money to support programs at Musica Viva, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Youth Orchestra and the National Portrait Gallery.