Choir unites in isolation to celebrate 100 years

As part of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs’ 100th anniversary, the company premieres a new work celebrating Australia’s diversity composed by Elena Kats-Chernin.

Of the many reasons people join choirs, one of the most significant is the sense of connection and community such ensembles provide, according to Brett Weymark, Artistic Director of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.

‘Which makes this virus so insidious. It’s cutting deep into our ability to connect with other people,’ he told ArtsHub.

Established in 1920 and originally known as the Hurlstone Park Choral Society before becoming the Sydney Philharmonia Society in 1969, the Sydney Philharmonia’s centenary celebrations have been disrupted by COVID-19. Nonetheless, the show goes on.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts