What does a choral company do when their concerts are cancelled and their singers can’t rehearse in person? How do we adapt when forced to fundamentally shift the way we operate? What are we doing to keep our singers and our community engaged?

Here at Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, our small team of 11 people have come together (from a distance) to ensure there are many ways that you can engage and support us through this very difficult time. The Government restrictions mean we have had to cancel three of our biggest concerts for the year, including our Centenary Celebration performance in June, as well as all rehearsals. However, this doesn’t mean the music stops and we are determined to celebrate our 100th year as soon as we can. Read on for some of the ways we are creating, engaging and singing through this pandemic.

Digital Recordings
We have created an in-house recording and editing team and have produced 14 videos over the past two weeks. These include Daily and Weekly Tune-Up tutorials for singers, tips and tricks for specific voice-parts, and a ‘digital presentation’ of the Ruht Wohl, Part Two, No 39 movement from St John Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach which you can watch here. We had originally intended to perform this piece in full on Saturday 11th April, but instead we asked the 40 singers and 20 musicians to record their voice and instrument at home for us to compile into this beautiful recording.

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Advice for Ticket holders
If you are a current ticket holder of either St John Passion, Elijah or our Centenary Celebration you need to take note of our guidelines regarding your purchase. Please click here for more information on what to do about your ticket cancellation.

Support Us
With the cancellation of concerts, we have lost our major source of income. But we will continue to create and produce music and ensure we are ready once the concert bans are lifted. There are many ways you can support Sydney Philharmonia Choirs in the meantime and help us to get through:

  • 100 Minutes of new Australian music– for our Centenary season, we have commissioned¬†100 Minutes of New Australian Music. The commissions draw on many different cultural experiences of music and performance and they showcase the uniquely Australian contribution to this art form. Our goal is to perform as many as possible this year with some premieres now taking place in 2021. When you donate to this historic project your donation will be doubled under the auspices of a grant from Creative Partnerships Australia. Donate here.
  • Merchandise– we have created a range of commemorative 2020 merchandise including stainless steel water bottles, bespoke Keep-Cups, notebooks and tote bags. Purchase merchandise here.
  • Wine– there’s no better time to drink wine so why not stock up and support Sydney Philharmonia Choirs at the same time? We have partnered with Wine Point, a local boutique wine company who promote delicious wines (the SPC team have personally sampled them). Choose from a range of sparkling, white and red including Margaret River Chardonnay and Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon. Minimum order is 6 bottles and mixed cases are available. Purchase wine here.

We look forward to singing for the people of Sydney as soon as we can. In the meantime, stay connected with us via our emails and social media. And keep singing!