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A Passion for Peace

Click here to read about our big new project for April-May 2015, celebrating the centenary of the International Congress of Women, which took place at The Hague from 27 April - 1 May 1915. 1300 women from countries at war and neutral countries gathered to find ways of stopping the war and establishing permanent peace.  

 

For more detail about upcoming and recent events see our 'What's New' page.

 

 

Songs For Our City

Songs for our City is A Chorus of Women's theme for 2013, Canberra's Centenary and our 10th anniversary year.

We returned to Parliament House for 'Open the Doors of the Chambers!' --- a 40-minute concert at 12.30pm on Tuesday 19 March, exactly a decade after 150 Canberra women sang our first song of lament into national media prominence as Australia went to war in Iraq.

We continue to re-sound current meanings of the role the Citizens’ Chorus played in the ancient theatre of Athens when democracy was new and vibrantly participative.

A Chorus of Women has given over 150 public presentations of original music, drama, and civic conversations about the great issues of our time. Our repertoire has grown to more than 70 original songs and three major productions, and we have produced three CDs.

Ethos

Ethos by Tom Bass (photo Eulea Kiraly)

The beautiful sculpture of Ethos in the centre of Canberra is a guiding image at the beginning of our second decade. Created in 1961 by master sculptor Tom Bass to represent the Spirit of Community, Ethos has been the focus of many Citizens' Chorus events we have initiated. The song 'I Am Ethos', an anthem for Canberra, is our centenary gift to our city.

In 2013 A Chorus of Women is out in public in groups ranging from the small ensemble that gave a New Year concert in the National Library of Australia to the large choral groups that sang in our Parliament House concert, at the Anzac Eve Peace Vigil and in our Centenary Canberra Conversation at the National Arboretum. Click here for further details about these events.

 

Recordings

We hope our CD with classical, jazz-rock and community versions of the song 'I Am Ethos' will get you singing and maybe creating your own version. Click to hear sound bites of all three versions and download sheet music of the a cappella and the community versions. Click on the image to order a CD. Ethos CD

Click here for 'Giving Voice', our first CD released in 2006.

Click here for the double live CD set of 2009 premiere performances of 'The Gifts of the Furies', our Canberra grown mythic story song about the crisis of climate change.

A Chorus of Women's Songbook for Citizens

In our 10th anniversary year we have published a songbook of more than 40 of our original songs, for peace and democracy, and for care of the Earth. Click on the image to order a copy. Songbook

 

 

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