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Carols at the House

15 – 17 December 2023

In the Concert Hall

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

Carols at the House returns with actor John Bell and popular soprano Julie Lea Goodwin. The splendid sounds of Rutter’s Gloria set the tone for a festive program of Christmas favourites and unexpected delights, with plenty of audience participation.

Please note this event is in 2023 and is part of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs 2023 season.

Carols at the House

Carols at the House is back! True to form, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs are combining beautiful and uplifting music with your favourite Christmas carols and filling the Concert Hall with the sound of a 600-strong choir and full symphony orchestra.

Australian stage icon John Bell will shape the program with moving and thoughtful spoken interludes. Popular soprano Julie Lea Goodwin is our featured soloist. And conductor Elizabeth Scott has chosen the perfect selection of music for this family-friendly concert. 

John Rutter’s Gloria is the highlight: a magnificent setting of the words the angels spoke to the shepherds on the first Christmas Night. Blazing brass, gorgeous harmonies and ecstatic singing. Highlights from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet music sets the party mood. Favourites ranging from Irving Berlin’s White Christmas to the Ukrainian Carol of the Bells will evoke a northern hemisphere Yuletide, while Australian carols, both classic and new, bring the celebration Down Under. Add in opulent arrangements of carols and popular standards, stirring baroque choruses, some unexpected delights and plenty of audience participation – perfection.

Join in the Carols at the House tradition and celebrate Christmas with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs!



George Frideric HANDEL
Messiah (highlights) 

Excerpts from Nutcracker: Suite


and an eclectic mix of singalong carols and favourite Christmas music.


Elizabeth Scott

John Bell

Julie Lea Goodwin 

Symphony Chorus

Christmas Choir
Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra

Presented by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

…the lush arrangements of the carols and traditional songs were beautiful, detailed and inventive, offering something slightly different and allowing incredibly familiar material to surprise afresh…


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