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Australian Chamber Orchestra

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

Bringing together a community of voices - young and old.

Founded in 1920, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs is the largest choral organisation in Australia, with more than 1,500 singers across six choirs. First performing at the Sydney Opera House’s opening ceremony in 1973, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs has grown to be recognised around the world for its contribution to Sydney’s vibrant artistic and cultural identity.

They are a key partner on numerous major productions, events and initiatives, collaborating with the world’s leading conductors and Australia’s foremost performing arts companies. Sydney Philharmonia Choirs has been the choir of choice for Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 1936 and has performed regularly at Sydney Opera House every year since its opening. Their annual concert season gives voice to the great choral masterworks, alongside selected contemporary compositions. Their commissioning program demonstrates a longstanding commitment to showcase Australian creative expertise and provides a world-class platform for the premiere of new choral music.

Other notable concerts at Sydney Opera House include a presentation of Handel’s Messiah by a deaf “signing” choir in 2015, and a memorable performance at the state memorial service for Bob Hawke in conjunction with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra earlier this year.

“There is nothing quite like it, seeing and feeling the exhilaration of hundreds of voices singing with precision and vibrancy...”

Sydney Opera House CEO Louise Herron AM

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs Centenary Anniversary
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Brett Weymark

Artistic and Music Director Brett Weymark

Brett Weymark is one of the foremost choral conductors in Australia. Since becoming Music Director of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs in 2003, he has conducted the Choirs in performances around Australia and the world. He has led all of the state orchestra’s as well as the Orchestra of the Antipodes, Sydney Youth Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

During his time as Music Director, Brett has conducted the choirs in many and varied genres, including works from the classical repertoire such as JS Bach’s Passions and Christmas Oratorio, the Requiems of Mozart, Verdi, Duruflé and Fauré, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. He has premiered and championed works by Elena Kats-Chernin, Matthew Hindson, John Peterson, Daniel Walker, Rosalind Page, Peter Sculthorpe, Andrew Schultz and Ross Edwards amongst others. He has also led contemporary programs, such as And the days featuring new works from Australia and abroad as well as musical theatre including Candide, Of Thee I Sing, and Wonderful Town.

In 2001 Brett was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal, for service to Australian society and the advancement of music. Under his direction, the choir was awarded a 2010 Helpmann Award for its part in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex and Symphony of Psalms directed by Peter Sellars and was nominated for a 2010 Limelight Award for his production of Purcell’s King Arthur.