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Sydney Philharmonia Choirs | Christmas Choir 2022

Photo by Keith Saunders

Christmas Choir 2022

Christmas is a time for singing and celebration and finally, after two long years without it, we will again present Handel’s magnificent oratorio Messiah in the newly refurbished Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. We invite members of the community to sing in our Christmas Choir, joined on stage by members of our auditioned choirs, a professional orchestra and world-renowned soloists, led by conductor Brett Weymark.

Make this Christmas unforgettable with your live performances in the Sydney Opera House!

Live in the Illawarra? Find out about the Wollongong Messiah Choir, our new partnership with Wollongong Conservatorium of Music. Rehearse in Wollongong and perform in Sydney. Four Taster sessions start Wednesday 20 July to Wednesday 10 August. Find our more: click HERE 
Registration link below.

Please read and consider the following information carefully before registering for Christmas Choir.

The performances will take place on

  • Thursday 8 December | 8PM
  • Saturday 10 December | 1PM
  • Sunday 11 December | 1PM

Commitment is key in choirs, so please ensure you can attend rehearsals. Rehearsals commence on Thursday 3 November. All rehearsals (and performances) from Saturday 3 December onwards are mandatory for Christmas Choir. The rehearsal for your voice part on either Saturday 5 or Sunday 6 November is also mandatory.

Leave from ONE non-mandatory rehearsal for illness or other urgent matters may be granted. You may apply for additional leave by emailing the Choirs Manager at [email protected]. This leave is at the discretion of the Music Director and may not automatically be granted.

Click this link to view the rehearsal schedule:


This year, Christmas Choir will perform Messiah “off the book” – that is, from memory after having learnt it in rehearsals.
We will use the Oxford University Press version, edited by Clifford Bartlett. Scores can be ordered as part of your registration.

The deadline for score orders is Monday 19 September. Registrations after this date will be BYO score only.

Scores may be purchased for $31 each and will be ready for distribution in August. There is a (preferrable) option to collect your score when advised from Wharf 4/5. You may opt to have it mailed to you for an additional $15 postage fee.

These will be available online. You will be receive a link and given access once your registration has been processed. Rehearsal CDs will not be available.

Please note the representation of each voice range below.

There are a limited number of spots in each voice part, and some parts sell out quickly, so register early to avoid missing out. We are particularly looking for more tenors and basses – please let your friends and family know!

Tickets to all the performances are currently on sale via our website here: HANDEL’S MESSIAH
Once you have registered, you will be sent your discount code which can be used when purchasing tickets to the performance. Please note that these concerts are likely to sell out so book early!

Please read our Chorister Registration terms and conditions before registering. Click here for terms and conditions.

The deadline for registrations is Monday 31 October.
Registration cost $200 including GST.

When you Register for Christmas Choir, you will be directed to a page housed by the Sydney Opera House. Sydney Philharmonia Choirs is a Resident Company of the Sydney Opera House and we share a booking system. You will need to log in or register. Your Christmas Choir registration will be received by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.

 As you proceed it will look like you are buying an ‘e-ticket’ to an event, but please be assured you are registering for Christmas Choir. The 3 November date you see refers to the first rehearsal date. Once completed, you will receive a confirmation email from Sydney Opera House.

 Postage Delivery options: you need to make a selection here:

  1. If you do require a score and postage, choose Postage Required – it will be with you soon.
  2. If you do require and score and choose Hold for Collection, we will email you with the details when it is ready.
  3. If you do not require a score or postage at all, choose Hold for Collection.

Please note registration has now closed.

The deadline for registrations in the Wollongong Messiah Choir is now closed.

Alternatively, call us on (02) 8274 6200 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)