We are a mixed voice choir varying in numbers but usually around 40 voices. The choir began on the University of Canberra campus and was part of University life for many years. Now, from mid 2017, the choir is an independent entity reimagined as the Canberra Community Chorale.
As an unauditioned choir we welcome new members who wish to join us for the joy of singing, and to have the opportunity to perform new and interesting works and more traditional pieces. We give two performances per year, one major work with orchestral accompaniment, and mid year with a slightly different focus.
Membership of the choir is open to people of all ages who have a love of choral music, and a commitment to developing their musical knowledge and skills. We explore traditional and contemporary choral repertoire under the direction of leading professional musicians.
We are delighted that Dan Walker will be our Director of Music from 2019.
Dan is one of Australia’s most in-demand choral specialists. He has had works commissioned by the Sydney Symphony, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Gondwana Choirs and Halcyon. As a performer, Dan is a member of the professional vocal ensemble ‘The Consort of Melbourne’, Sydney-based Cantillation, and Pinchgut Opera. He has been a guest performer with The Song Company and was a founding member of early music ensemble ‘The Parson’s Affayre’. He is a keenly sought-after conductor, appearing as chorus-master for the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Choruses, and is Artistic Director of Choristry and Habeas Chorus, the choir for the Melbourne legal community.
Lucus graduated from the ANU School of Music with Honours in Piano in mid-2013. According to Lucus he is yet to regret that, which makes him happy. At the piano, Lucus enjoys ensemble and accompaniment work most of all, in 2012 winning the Margaret Smiles Accompaniment Prize and reaching the finals of the Sydney Eisteddfod’s 2013 Victoria Jennifer Warren Piano Accompaniment Award.