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Sydney Philharmonia Choirs | Aurora

Southern and Northern lights of the choral repertoire



A limited number of printed program books will be available for $10 each at the concert.


Aurora – dawn, beginnings. Or perhaps you think of the Aurora Australis and the Aurora Borealis – the southern and northern lights. Either way, this program has you covered, with the talented young singers of VOX performing luminous music by leading names of the contemporary choral scene, from both hemispheres.

At the heart of this celestial aural experience sits Rautavaara’s Missa a cappella – a contemplative devotional work by a Finnish mystic. To frame it, Elizabeth Scott has chosen otherworldly and evocative music by Latvian Ēriks Ešenvalds and Estonian Arvo Pärt. These northern ‘lights’ are joined by Eric Whitacre (his colourful Cloudburst), and three Australian voices. We’ve commissioned new works from Nicholas Buc and James Henry (whose Murrgumurrgu inspired us in 2023), and Luke Byrne’s Desert Sea will make a welcome return.

It’s a mesmerising program that will showcase the pure sound and musical virtuosity of VOX and inspire you with the transformative beauty and sonic splendour of the music.

Join us for a public reception in our Wharf 4/5 Studio and meet the performers following the concert.

Sunday 7 July at 3pm
Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay Arts Precinct

This performance will run for 1 hour and 20 minutes. No interval.


Ēriks EŠENVALDS The First Tears
Ēriks EŠENVALDS Rivers of Light
Einojuhani RAUTAVAARA Missa a cappella
Eric WHITACRE Cloudburst
Luke BYRNE Desert Sea†
Arvo PÄRT Magnificat
Nicholas BUC New Work†
James HENRY New Work†

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs commission


Elizabeth Scott conductor


Premium $75
General Admission $50
Concessions Not applicable for this concert
Under 30 Not applicable for this concert
A booking fee of $8.95 per transaction applies.