The Manly-Warringah Choir performs predominantly classical choral concerts of a high standard. Our objective is to broaden the range of cultural activities available in the Northern Beaches and adjacent local government areas while providing an artistic and social outlet for choir members.
We mostly sing large classical choral works accompanied by an orchestra, though we also challenge ourselves with other genres to bring variety to our members and audience. Concerts also often include orchestral pieces. In a typical year the choir presents three major public concerts, usually in the cathedral-like splendour of the Cardinal Cerretti Chapel in Manly. We occasionally perform elsewhere in the area and take part as invited at local community events.
We have collaborated in recent years with Cantares, a choir based in Berry, in concerts both in Manly and on the South Coast.
In 2015 we also joined the Odawara Doctor’s Choir from Japan in presenting a concert at the Manly Music Festival.
The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings at the Collaroy Plateau Public School from 7.30 to 10 pm. The atmosphere at rehearsals is relaxed and friendly but also disciplined. Members are asked to familiarise themselves with the music at home between rehearsals, for which practice CDs are available at a modest cost, and also available via the Dropbox website.
Rehearsals for the concert in May 2017 (Brahms’ A German Requiem) commenced on Thursday 19th January. We expect members to attend at least two-thirds of available rehearsals in order to ensure adequate familiarity with the music and with the conductor’s interpretation. In the week before a performance, there are extended rehearsals with orchestra and soloists on the Tuesday or Wednesday evening and on Thursday evening at the Cardinal Cerretti Chapel.
Prospective members are welcome to attend a number of rehearsals before applying for full membership. There are no auditions, and you do not have to be able to read music. The sole requirement is that you can hold a given note. If you are interested, or would like any other information regarding the choir, please contact Marienne Short on 9979 4950 or click here to send an email.