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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Our Next Major Concerts

2017 LNotP

The Willoughby Symphony's ever-popular Last Night of the Proms returns. Join the cheering crowds for a night of unbridled enthusiasm as the full Orchestra and Choir combine in a massive concert performance of beloved symphonic and choral masterworks.

This concert will sell out so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Saturday 19 August 2017, 7pm

Sunday 20 August 2017, 2pm

The Concourse Concert Hall

Get your tickets HERE


Scotland The Brave

Scotland The Brave is the smash hit celebration of the best of traditional Scottish music, song, and dance. This spectacular production features over 100 singers, dancers, and musicians, performing popular works such as Amazing Grace, Highland Cathedral, The Gael, Ye Banks and Braes, Auld Lang Syne and many others. A thrilling line up of soloists includes the internationally acclaimed soprano Cheryl Barker and popular tenor Gregory Moore.

Saturday 26 August 2017, 1.30pm

Sydney Opera House Concert Hall


Nature

The Willoughby Symphony gets back to NATURE in this evocative concert program, opening with a performance of Smetana’s most enduring composition, The Moldau, which conjures images of two rippling mountain springs combining to become the mighty river. In a special guest appearance, Australia’s most distinguished horn virtuoso, Hector McDonald, will perform Strauss’ magnificent Horn Concerto, followed by the exciting world premiere of two incredible works – one featuring the full force of the magnificent orchestra and choir. The program concludes at Castle Vyšehrad for Dvorak’s fascinating Symphonic Variations in a triumphant finale for this spectacular concert event.

Saturday 16 September, 7pm

Sunday 17 September, 2pm

Get your tickets HERE


Celestial Rossini

Rossini's Stabat Mater is powerful and resolute, lighting a path towards the "Glory of Heaven" which is magnificently revealed in the Finalé. Replete with gorgeous vocal solos and profound choral and orchestral writing, this work presents a wonderful opportunity for the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra to join forces in a performance with the Willoughby Symphony Choir and a fine quartet of soloists under the baton of Peter Ellis. In his Pulcinella Suite, Stravinsky presents a witty neoclassical take on the music of Pergolesi and his contemporaries.

Saturday 4 November 2017, 7.30pm

The Concourse Concert Hall

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Handel’s Messiah

Handel's reputation—and that of his Messiah—only continues to grow. Even Mozart confessed himself to be humble in the face of Handel's genius. "Handel knows better than any of us what will make an effect," Mozart said. "When he chooses, he strikes like a thunderbolt."

The Killara Music Club will perform this masterpiece with Willoughby Symphony Choir.

Monday 27 November 2017, 7.30pm

Ravenswood Auditorium, Gordon


Our next major concert in 

The Concourse in 2018

Mark this date in your diary:

Sunday 6 May 2018, 2pm

 

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

 

Sing with us!  

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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! 

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 2017 concert series, Enduring Passion


WSC Christmas CD:

Joyful & Triumphant 

Willoughby Symphony Choir and Orchestra Christmas CD will make a wonderful Christmas gift. Its 15 tracks comprise traditional and Australian carols as well as special Christmas music, highlighted by Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols. An 18-page booklet is enclosed, full of details about the delightful music and the choir and performers.
This CD is only $20 plus postage. Buy it HERE.

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