Singing in a choir has been scientifically proven to improve your health and well-being. Choristers’ heartbeats synchronise when they sing together providing a calming effect and the endorphins released leave you uplifted and buoyant. Singing is also the perfect hobby- no equipment is required and it is a great way to make friends and join a community.
We have three community choirs and you can join all three!
Read on to find out how.

Festival Chorus

Join our largest choir, sing on the Sydney Opera House stage and make singing with us the highlight of your year. Regularly rehearse on Thursday evening.

Christmas Choir

Our Christmas concerts are one of the highlights of the year, alternating between Handel’s Messiah and Carols at the House.

Chorus Oz

Our annual big sing at the Sydney Opera House. Spend a weekend immersed in music and perform to your family and friends in an experience you will never forget.

Photography by Keith Saunders

Festival Chorus

Festival Chorus is our largest choir, a community of 400 passionate members converging twice a year to perform choral repertoire on a grand scale.

As our illustrious Music Director, Brett Weymark says, “Festival is at the heart of the idea that singing is for everyone and as the ensemble matures, we hope it will become even bigger and fulfil the dream of being our real community choir for all exploring great repertoire in the Sydney Opera House and beyond”.

In 2019, as a member of Festival, you will perform in the iconic Concert Hall at the Sydney Opera House performing Music from the Movies and the Dvorak Requiem.

Open Days are held every year where you will be asked to sing in a group before being offered a place in the choir. No scary solo auditions!


Photography by Keith Saunders

Christmas Choir

Christmas is a time for singing and celebration and we do it in style at Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. Every year we form a large choir to either sing Handel’s Messiah or Carols at the House. 2019 will be Handel’s Messiah.

Join our choirs on stage at the Sydney Opera House for three concerts and perform with a professional orchestra and world renowned soloists.

No audition necessary, rehearsals commence in October for performances in December.

Registrations open in July – Watch this space!

Photography by Keith Saunders


ChorusOz® was the brainchild of Brett Weymark to allow those who couldn’t commit to a regular choir the opportunity to sing on the stage of the Sydney Opera House once a year. It has since become a fixture in the Sydney Opera House and in the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs calendar.

Every year since 2005 people from all over Australia and further afield have come together to present a well know choral work or works. Learning the music beforehand and then coming together for one weekend of rehearsals and performance.

People travel from across Australia and the world to enjoy the experience of singing a large-scale choral work at the Sydney Opera House, sharing the experience with up to 1000 other passionate singers, world class soloists and the Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra. Many people say it is a life-changing experience, and others say they wouldn’t miss it. It is one of the highlights of the year – no audition or assessment is required.

ChorusOz® 2019 will rehearse and grapple with Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’ – its music and its text, its philosophy and its motivation. The concert will also include the finale from Beethoven’s opera Fidelio and highlights from his Mass in C.