Due to its long and close association with the University, the Choir considers it a particular responsibility to provide opportunities for talented young Australian singers. The annual Joan Carden Award, sponsored by the Choir, is an important vehicle for this.
Under the leadership of our Music Director, Christopher Bowen the core of the Choir’s activity is the three major concerts given annually – usually May, August and December – in the Great Hall of the University (in May 2006, the Choir gave the first Australian performance of Beethoven’s important Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II). The Choir performs in the annual City of Sydney Christmas Concert in the Town Hall, and looks for opportunities to cooperate with other Choirs and musical organisations.
In 2007, 2010 and again in 2012 the Choir organised and led a very popular performance of Sydney Sings™ Messiah at the Town Hall. In 2005 the Choir performed in the popular show Scotland the Brave at the Sydney Opera House. In 2006 the Choir performed at a fund-raising event on behalf of the Royal Flying Doctor Service at the Angel Place Recital Hall and joined other Sydney-based choirs at Fox Studios to record music for the soundtrack of the Oscar-winning Australian film Happy Feet. In 2011 and 2012 the Chamber Choir were invited to sing at unveiling ceremonies of the Welcome Wall at the Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour.
Since 2002 the former Governor of New South Wales and former Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir, has honoured the Choir by agreeing to act as our Patron.