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Sydney Philharmonia Choirs | Ode to Joy: Beethoven & Smyth

“Shout Shout,
Up with your song”

– The March of the Women –



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


Come to the Northern Foyer from 1pm to hear 2MBS Fine Music presenter Peter Poole speak about the works on this program. Grab a drink at the bar and enjoy this free, 30-minute talk, with plenty of time to find your seat for the 2pm concert.

Seating is on the carpeted stairs in the Northern Foyer.
Access the Northern Foyer via the new tunnel from the Southern Foyer.

  • Saturday 26 October: 1:15PM-1:45PM
  • Concert Hall, Northern Foyer stairs

2024 Pre-Concert Talks are made possible with the support of 2MBS Fine Music.

Ode to Joy
Beethoven & Smyth

The critic George Bernard Shaw told Ethel Smyth that her ‘magnificent’ Mass would ‘stand up in the biggest company!’ and we wholeheartedly agree.

For this Festival Chorus concert with the Sydney Youth Orchestra, we’ve paired Smyth’s fiercely passionate creation for choir and orchestra with Beethoven’s mighty ‘Ode to Joy’ finale from his Ninth Symphony. It’s a chance to experience two impressively defiant personalities who, each in their own way, pursued grand visions and broke new ground with music that speaks powerfully of struggle and triumph.

With the ‘Ode to Joy’ Beethoven gave the world an anthem to ‘universal brotherhood’, an expression of freedom as well as joy. At the other end of the 19th century, Dame Ethel (the first female composer to be so honoured) was also a vocal champion of women’s rights and the suffrage movement – the universal sisterhood, in other words. Who better to compose the suffragette anthem, The March of the Women, with its bold words of hope? ‘Nought can ye win but by faith and daring’ – we think Beethoven would have agreed.

Saturday 26 October at 2pm
Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

This performance will run for 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one 20-minute interval.


Mass in D major
The March of the Women (Suffragette Song)
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN
Consecration of the House – Overture
‘Ode to Joy’ – Choral finale from Symphony No.9


Elizabeth Scott conductor
Bronwyn Douglass soprano
Helen Sherman mezzo-soprano
Bradley Daley tenor
Michael Honeyman baritone
Festival Chorus
The Sydney Youth Orchestra
with members of the Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra


Premium $135 | A $110 | B $85 | C $60 | D $45
Concessions $122 | A $96 | B $75 | C $55 | D $40
Under 30 $30
A booking fee of $8.95 per transaction applies.