The Oriana Chorale, one of Canberra's finest chamber choirs presenting high quality and innovative programs, has BIG PLANS for 2020 and beyond.

We are working on projects involving collaborations with local and indigenous composers and artists to mark significant moments in 2020. 

Meanwhile, mark this date:

 17 Nov 19 at 4:00 pm at CGGS

'Seven last words'

settings by Heinrich Schütz and James MacMillan. Read more on the Next Performance page>


In a review of a performance of MacMillan's work under Richard Gill 10 years ago, Australian Stage called it a 'masterpiece'.

Of MacMillan it said: "This exceptional contemporary composer ... carries an immense depth of Christian insight in his heart, which permeates every tone of his music.

The cantata 'Seven Last Words...' (1993) has the freshness of contemporary music and the splendour of the best music ever written."


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We began the year's delights with Autumn Landscapes, a collection of songs by modern and recent composers ranging from Ola Gjeilo to Samuel Barber and Stephen Leek. Here's what City News said on 26 May:

An enthusiastic audience enjoyed this delightful hour of appealing music very much. Singing was disciplined with fine balance, lovely clarity of tone and an obvious joy in singing and mastering complex music. Well done to the Oriana Chorale and to Dan Walker, the new music director, for presenting such a vibrant and fresh concert.

 (See a full review here>)

Our 22 June Workshop delivered excellent singing, learning, networking, and enjoying music together.

Music from the Renaissance mixed with some beautiful Dan Walker compositions delighted the many people who attended.

Don't you love it when a song comes together?

Thank you to all the many fans who came to Autumn Landscapes at Fitters' Workshop or Crisp Galleries in May. 

Then, many braved the cold to attend our June Workshop, connecting singers across the community.

Great support for great music. We loved the ambience and Dan's expert leadership. 


The Oriana Chorale with the Tallis Scholars and Peter Phillips (photo, Peter Hislop)


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 annual programs.


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