Welcome to our 2019 Season.
It is an ambitious season that will be tackled by a choir that is about to turn 100 and looks to the future – not just the future of music but the future of singing together and the joy that it brings.

AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH BRAHMS

It’s ‘house music’ from another age with an intimate arrangement of Brahms’s deeply personal Ein deutsches Requiem as the highlight. The 120 voices of the Sydney Philharmonia Symphony Chorus conducted by Simon Halsey with guest soloists and pianists in the gleaming surrounds of City Recital Hall.

Friday 8 February, 7pm
City Recital Hall

 

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WONDER

Childhood is a fleeting, fragile thing. It’s a time of joy and innocence but can so easily be touched by tragedy. Elizabeth Scott conducts the elite voices of the VOX young adult choir in a luminous a cappella program that will make you smile and move you to tears. Two performances only in the intimate space of the Sydney Opera House Utzon Room.

Saturday 23 March, 5pm
Sunday 24 March, 2pm
Sydney Opera House Utzon Room

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BACH AND MOZART: IN THE IMAGINATION OF THEIR HEARTS

This Easter, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and the visiting Capella St Crucis from Hannover will fill the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall with the gloriously uplifting sounds of Bach’s Magnificat and Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor. And Antony Pitts takes inspiration from Bach in his thrilling new setting of ‘Mente cordis sui’ (In the imagination of their hearts).

Saturday 20th April, 2pm
Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

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MUSIC FROM THE MOVIES

Behind nearly every great movie scene is an equally memorable musical moment. Pay closer attention and you’ll notice just how many of those are powered by the human voice. There’s really nothing the voice can’t express, and for the first Festival Chorus concert of 2019 we’re assembling a blockbuster program of the highlights.

Saturday 11 May, 8pm 
Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

 

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IN THE MOOD

Sydney Philharmonia’s Chamber Singers appear in a new light! Accompanied by a jazz trio, they’ll present a cabaret-style concert of classic popular songs from the 1920s and 30s, wrapped in the stories of a city plunging between a spirit of optimism and the challenges of the Depression. Two intimate shows in Sydney and Parramatta.

Friday 30 August, 8pm 
Sydney Opera House Utzon Room
Saturday 31 August, 8pm
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta

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DVOŘÁK’S REQUIEM

In collaboration with the Sydney Youth Orchestra, our Festival Chorus gives a long overdue performance of Dvořák’s Mass for the Dead, one of his finest choral creations. Conducted by Brett Weymark, they’re joined by some of Australia’s top vocal soloists for an evening of musical drama and emotion.

Saturday 21 September, 8pm
Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

 

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CHORUS OZ ODE TO JOY

Beethoven is the most famous composer of all, the ‘Ode to Joy’ from his Ninth Symphony one of his best-known themes. Experience a mighty performance of this great choral finale when a thousand voices, plus full orchestra, come together in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall for ChorusOz 2019.

Sunday 9 June, 5pm
Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

 

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HANDEL’S MESSIAH

When the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs sing Messiah you’re guaranteed a rousing performance that marries precision and buoyancy with the gusto of 400 voices. Join us for a ‘last hallelujah’ in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall before it closes for renovation.

Friday 13 December, 8pm
Saturday 14 December, 1pm
Sunday 15 December, 1pm
Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

 

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