Centenary Circle

In 2020 Sydney Philharmonia Choirs celebrated its 100th birthday, in 2021 the Centenary Circle lives on in name and intent to achieve a second centenary with the same purpose; to support excellence in choral music.

Joining the Centenary Circle means joining a group of passionate music lovers who are dedicated to the future of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.

Since 2012, the members of the Centenary Circle have committed to building sufficient financial reserves to ensure Sydney Philharmonia Choirs can fittingly celebrate its milestone birthday. Over the years, new members have joined the Centenary Circle, determined to be part of this historic event. Despite the Covid pandemic SPC managed to celebrate in a small way with a digital presentation of Elena Kats-Chernin’s new work “Human Waves” and with the 100 Minutes of New Australia Music commissioning program, both supported by the Centenary Circle.

Looking beyond 2020, Centenary Circle members believe it is vital to provide future generations of Australian singers and musicians the opportunity to perform world-class choral music in significant venues. No other organisation currently provides these opportunities.

The Centenary Circle is dedicated to the enduring artistic success of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs for the next 100 years and will focus on funding:

  • Artistic Excellence through the establishment of a discretionary fund for the Artistic & Music Director to use to enhance the artistic excellence of the organisation.
  • Investment in music staff supporting the employment of additional music staff to ensure that Sydney Philharmonia Choirs is investing in the next generation of choral conductors and trainers.
  • Touring to enhance the reputation of the choir with regular touring to regional, national and international stages.
  • Education a commitment to the ongoing development of vocal and music skills for our choristers.
  • Expansion Future projects that will further our goal of singing to become part of the lives of all Australians.

To join the Centenary Circle please contact Fiona Hulton, Executive Director, on 02 8274 6205 or fiona@sydneyphilharmonia.com.au

Centenary Circle Supporters

Robert Albert AO and Libby Albert
Professor the Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD, CVO
Ian and Claire Bennett
Christine Bishop
Katie Blake and Michael Jackson
David and Halina Brett
Brian and Nathalie Deeson
Ruth Edenborough
Professor Jenny Edwards
David and Sue Ellyard
Kate Foot
Denys and Jenny Gillespie
Sarah and David Howell
Yvette and Peter Leonard
Dr Carolyn Lowry OAM and Peter Lowry OAM
Peter and Lisa Macqueen
Dr John O’Brien
Rosalind Strong AM and Antony Strong
Judge Robyn Tupman
Kay Vernon
Sara Watts
Anthony and Annie Whealy
Jacqui Wilkins
Cathy and Jon Williamson
Anon