Welcome to the Manly Warringah Choir. We are a community choir based on the Northern Beaches and adjacent suburbs of Sydney. We perform largely classical choral music, typically in three concerts each year, held in the Cardinal Cerretti Chapel in Manly, accompanied by a professional orchestra and soloists. Rehearsals are held every Thursday evening at Collaroy Plateau Public School.
Dr Carlos Alvarado, a very experienced and highly accomplished musician trained in Moscow and Stuttgart, has been our Conductor since 2003. Choir members range from professional musicians to people who cannot read music and learn it by heart. But, whatever our musical ability, we all share a passion for classical choral music.
Recent concerts include Bach’s St John Passion and Magnificat, Bernstein’s Suite from West Side Story, Brahms’ A German Requiem, Haydn’s Paukenmesse and Nelson Mass, Karl Jenkins’ Stella Natalis, Mozart’s Requiem and Great Mass in C Minor, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Pergolesi’s Magnificat and Handel’s Messiah.
The major works for 2020 are Jenkins’ The Peacemakers, Rutter’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Sympnony No 9 and selections from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.
Over the past several years, our concerts have proved increasingly popular with local audiences, with tickets selling rapidly and full houses being the norm.
The Choir joined an international line up singing Brahms’ A German Requiem at Carnegie Hall in late May 2017, just after our own performance. About 20 members represented the Choir at this prestigious event promoted by Distinguished Concerts International New York.
As of January 2020 the Tenor and Bass sections would welcome new members, and the Soprano and Alto sections have a few vacancies. Being a community choir, members are expected to be able to hold a note and to follow a musical score, but sight-reading ability is not essential and there are no auditions.
Please explore the website for further information or contact Roger Pratt on 9918 9277 or send an email.