Willoughby Symphony Choir is widely recognised as the region's finest community choir. Our choir exists under the auspices of Willoughby City Council and is partnered with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra with whom we perform regularly. Our repertoire comprises mainly classical works: oratorios, masses, requiems, operatic and symphonic works. As well as large-scale choral works, the Choir also performs a cappella and popular music.

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Read Lynne Lancaster's full review in the Sydney Arts Guide, of our recent Elijah concert in The Concourse

This spectacular, magnificent performance of Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH almost lifted the roof off and set the concert hall at the Concourse alight. Under the enthusiastic, energetic baton of Maestro Peter Ellis Willoughby Symphony and Willoughby Choir combined for a thrilling oratorio. It was at times rather overwhelming...

As the stern yet charismatic prophet Elijah, Alexander Knight was extraordinary and in glorious voice, vocally confident and secure in his formidable bass.
Tenor David Hamilton as Obadiah, Ahab and a few other roles was exceptional. He had a glorious light, lyrical, captivating and lithe, expressive voice.
Soprano Penelope Mills had a lovely, lyrical extended aria which opened the second half – Hear Ye Israel – and was marvellous as the widow in Act 1.
Alto Nicole Smeulders was in excellent fine form too with her fluid but grave mezzo and eloquent phrasing...
George Sheldon was delightful with his clear pure treble as The Boy in the first half.

The Choir, a major participant as prophets of Baal, the assorted rabble and more, surged and swelled thunderously at various points with terrific, electric timing and phrasing, as led by Ellis. There was a consistent round full sound with nuanced shading. The Willoughby Symphony Choir was able to provide a delightful mixed double quartet and a high quality angelic trio. The prayers to Baal choruses vibrantly rang out and the following capture and slaying of the false priests was tumultuous and threatening. When they begged for rain we could feel their distress and the shimmering yet dull atmospheric brass, and iron as written in the lyrics.


This was a very exciting concert that, at times, gave me goosebumps.

Lynne Lancaster

Sydney Arts Guide

 

 

Our Next Concert

The Magic of Christmas2016 The Magic of Christmas

 

Enjoy a magical start to the festive season with the Willoughby Symphony’s spectacular end of year concert, The Magic of Christmas.

Under the baton of celebrated Australian conductor, Michelle Leonard, the full Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Choir will join forces with the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus and a special Children’s Choir in a colossal performance that will delight audiences of all ages.

A fun event for the whole family, you can sing along to all your favourite carols including O Holy Night, The Little Drummer Boy, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Joy to the World.

 

Saturday 10 December, 7pm

Sunday 11 December, 2pm
 
The Concourse Concert Hall

 

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Welcome to Willoughby Symphony Choir, founded in 1973 and one of Australia's finest community choirs. You will have a very enjoyable time singing and making fine music with us!

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If you would like to sing with Willoughby Symphony Choir, please click here on Join Us for more information and an on-line form where you can apply for an audition. 

 

 

 

 Other concerts with Willoughby Symphony

 

 

 

This website has a link to Willoughby Council where you will find full details of the Willoughby Symphony 2016 concert series. 

 

The Magic of Christmas 

Saturday 10 December 7pm

Sunday 11 December 2pm

 

 

 

 

 

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