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Sydney Philharmonia Choirs | Centenary Events

Centenary Events

In 2020 we will celebrate 100 years of singing with an ambitious and exciting program of concerts and events.

100 minutes of New Australian Music
To fulfill the artistic vision for our Centenary season we have commissioned 100 minutes of new Australian music. This new music will be created for our Choirs by emerging and established composers including Brett Dean, Elena Kats-Chernin, Deborah Cheetham, Matthew Orlovich, James Henry and Nardi Simpson. These world premiere performances will feature throughout the year and on our European tour. Read more here.

Centenary Concert
A concert like no other! Our Centenary Celebration concert will feature all of our choristers from across our four choirs, as well as special guests artists, composers, world premiere works and the Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra. This concert has been postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Centenary Tour
Members of Symphony Chorus, Chamber Singers and VOX travel to Europe in September & October 2020 to join with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for the world premiere performance of a new commission by composer Brett Dean. This will be followed by a four city tour of Germany where the choirs will perform a selection of new and existing works in state of the art venues, and beautiful churches, led by Artistic and Music Director, Brett Weymark.

Centenary Dinner
The first performance of Hurlstone Park Choral Society took place on 9th September, 1920. Almost one hundred years to the day we invite you to be part of history by celebrating with us at the Centenary Dinner. This special evening will take place in the new Yallamundi Rooms at Sydney Opera House on Saturday 12th September 2020.

2020 Exhibition
We will celebrate a century of music, singing and performance in the City of Sydney by mounting a free exhibition of memorabilia and archival material in the Sydney CBD in 2020. This public exhibition will incorporate items such as audio recordings, photographs, programs, posters, choir uniforms, and membership records. This project will showcase the proud history of the thousands of singers who have participated in the growth of the organisation over the last 100 years and their commitment to music in this city.