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The choir performing on stage at Llewellyn Hall, ANU, under the direction of Roland Peelman.
Photo credit Peter Hislop


2018 brings you a concert season that ranges from Renaissance to Recent.

After a fantastic 40th anniversary year in 2017, gaining a Canberra Critics Award and full houses under Peter Young's direction, we offer more delights for 2018:Page of a Palestrina Mass, Venice 1600. Image: Library of Congress

Death and Redemption
Palestrina, Missa pro Defunctis and settings of the Penitential Psalms by Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Gabrieli and others

4 pm, Sun 20 May 2018
at the CGGS Chapel
Director Robyn Mellor, with guest artists Polifemy

Bookings for Death and Redemption

Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
1:30pm Sun 23 Sep 2018
in the High Court, together with Igitur Nos under the direction of Matthew Stuckings.

Free concert - register to guarantee booking.

Another Innovative Advent

Sunday 9 December, 3 pm

music by Imogen Holst, Vaughan Williams, James MacMillan and others
under the direction of Matthew Stuckings. Watch this space!

Some additional opportunities not to be missed:

  • 2018 choral workshop with Dan Walker - New works; 2 pm - 6 pm, Sat 30 June 2018 in the Hall of University House; conducted by Dan Walker.
  • CGGS Music Academy Celebrates Community Concert, Wed 4th April 2018, 7 pm, conducted by Joel Copeland, Dean, Music Academy, CGGS. A Dan Forrest work titled Jubilate Deo. You can make a book for the concert here.

Oriana is a partner of the Music Academy at Canberra Girls' Grammar School, and acknowledges the generous support of the Academy in preparing and presenting the Chorale's 2018 program.

 About the Oriana Chorale...

FOR 40 YEARS the Oriana Chorale has delighted Canberra audiences with its performances of choral music through the ages, and around the world. In 2018, we are presenting a varied program of Italian music from the late Renaissance and early Baroque (Death and Redemption, under the direction of Robyn Mellor), contemporary Australian music (a workshop with Dan Walker), Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, accompanied by 2 pianos and percussion (directed by Matthew Stuckings) and in December, a concert at the Fitters' Workshop with music by Imogen Holst, Vaughan Williams, James MacMillan and others, also under Matthew Stuckings' direction.


Some information about the choir:

We rehearse weekly on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 10:00 at the Canberra Girls' Grammar School (the Rehearsal Studio). In addition to the three concerts we perform each year, we also take part in a range of activities across the ACT and surrounding region. We continue our long-standing historic association with University House at ANU by presenting a choral community workshop with Dan Walker on 30 June 2018, and contributing to the festivities at regular University House dinners.

JOIN US! We are particularly interested in recruiting tenors, but will consider all comers. Individual auditions are normally held by arrangement prior to a rehearsal. If you are interested in exploring membership of the choir, please email us via our Contact page, or email the Secretary: info[at] 

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.

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