Next Performance

Mirrors in mirror

Thursday 17 April 2014
Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest

Tickets - Student: $20, Concession/Senior: $30, Adult: $35 at the door or click here to book online!

The Oriana Chorale's first concert for 2014 -- Mirrors in mirror: Music for Maundy Thursday. For this concert, the Chorale will be joined by Canberra's “compact chorus” Kompactus.

The principal work will be Arvo Pärt’s 1990 Berlin Mass. The sections of the Mass will be interspersed with a capella and accompanied pieces by composers ranging from J.S. Bach, Schütz and Lotti to Eric Whitacre, Thompson and Górecki.

Oriana and Kompactus are delighted that Brett Weymark will be conducting the concert as guest Music Director.

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The choir performing on stage at Llewellyn Hall, ANU. Photo credit Peter Hislop

The Oriana Chorale is one of Canberra's leading choirs and performs a range of styles, from a cappella to works with orchestra. 

In 2013, Oriana has participated in two world premieres:

  • Andrew Schultz's Symphony No. 3 - Centenary, celebrating the Centenary of the foundation of Canberra, and
  • Great South Land, a dramatic oratorio by Peter Sculthorpe, which premiered at the 2013 Canberra International Music Festival.

In 2012 Oriana presented 3 concerts under the baton of Music Director David Mackay:

  • JS Bach: St John Passion - presented in collaboration with the ANU School of Music, the world premiere of a new English translation by Christopher Steele, an ANU alumnus who also sang the role of the Evangelist
  • Death and Desire - a concert of 17th century English choral masterpieces
  • Before Bach: Christmas Music from 17th Century Germany

Oriana also took part in the 2012 Canberra International Music Festival, presenting the Australian premiere of the rarely heard Mozart cantata Davide Penitente, with soloists from the Song Company, under the direction of Roland Peelman.  It also participated in the second Voices in the Forest concert at the National Arboretum, at which the leading soloist was the renowned Korean soprano Sumi Jo.

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Some basic information about the choir:

We rehearse weekly on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 10:00 at University House on the campus of The Australian National University (ANU). In addition to the three main concerts we perform each year, we also take part in a range of activities across the ACT and surrounding region.

Membership of Oriana is through audition, held when there are spaces available in your voice part.  Oriana is presently interested in auditioning potential new members, particularly tenors. Click here for further information.

We are an inclusive group of musicians dedicated to quality performances of diverse repertoire from across the choral manuscript. Please take a moment to go through this site to learn more about us and our history, as well as details on attending one of our concerts.