24 April - Anzac Eve 'virtual' Peace Vigil
Each year, starting from 2011, we have co-hosted a lantern-lit peace vigil on Mount Ainlie on Anzac Eve, Our 10th vigil was held online this year, as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. Although we couldn't be together on the mountain, our vigil was nevertheless a beatiful community event with social, if not physical, connection. You can read the report and see video footage here.
14 March - Music to Awaken and to Heal - Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
9 March - Commonwealth Day Multi-Faith Celebration
The Chorus was again invited to participate in this annual event at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture. The very timely theme for this year's event was 'The Commonwealth and Climate Action'. We contributed two songs related to the theme: Glenda Cloughley's 'Lament for Gaia' and 'The Promise'. Very many audience members took up our invitation to join in singing our collective promise to the Earth, as 'the voice of our children's hope'.14 February - Opening of Sally Blake's Exhibition 'The Ancient Gaze' at Belconnen Arts Centre
This workshop was part of the collaborative People's Climate Assembly, held over 5 days on the Parliament House Lawns.
We hosted a workshop, combining our original music with storytelling from our 17-year history of singing up regeneration in this city.
We shared songs from Glenda Cloughley’s prophetic 2008 choral drama The Gifts of the Furies. Johanna McBride taught her song Ubuntu, which we sang again, along with other songs from the workshop, at the 5pm performance for the whole Assembly.
28 November - Lifting the Curious Spell of War - A Singing Seminar recalling Women's Peace Making in 1914-19
Again, we wove historical information together with music from A Chorus of Women’s productions of . Again, our audience was emotionally engaged and the Q&A was lively.
The Chorus of 17 women was joined by AWM Musician-in-Residence Chris Latham (violin), Lucus Allerton (keyboard) and John Smiles (alto flute) with Johanna McBride directing.
11 November - Save Medevac Vigil
We joined a dedicated group of Rural Australians for Refugees on the morning after their overnight vigil in the grounds opposite Parliament House. They had invited us to sing in support of keeping the compassionate legislation allowing transfer of refugees from Nauru and Manus Island to Australia for urgent medical treatment. Unfortunately, this legislation has since been repealed. We will not give up on working for humane, compassionate treatment of asylum seekers.
27 October - Opening of the 8th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality
We were invited to sing at this event at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, on Sunday 27 October, at 6pm. After a smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country we offered a number of our songs, linked with a narrative that showed the connection to the conference theme.
21 September - International Day of Peace
We were invited by Canberra Rotary to sing again at the annual ceremony to mark this special day, at the Canberra World Peace Bell in Lennox Gardens. As well as singing our own Peace Bell Song, we were excited to be able to premiere a song which has come to us from the Peace Bell in Berlin, Germany. It incorporates the words ‘Heiwa’ and ‘Frieden’, which are the Japanese and German words for ‘peace’.
See more about Canberra World Peace Bell.
20 September - School Strike for Climate
We again supported the school students at their 2nd rally of the year, this time in Glebe Park, with an even larger crowd than the March rally. At the invitation of the student organisers, we helped with encouraging the crowd to join in the singing of You are the Voice, as sung by John Farnham.
11 September - Women Hosting Peace in a Time of War
This singing seminar was presented to participants in a training weekend on the Art of Hosting Conversations which Matter. Read the invitation.
In narrative and song, we retold the 100-year old story of the worldwide web of women who inspired The People's Passion. We explored their collaborative processes which yielded resolutions that have informed much subsequent human rights law, showing how their humanity and respect for each other inspired the same process and principles that inform Art of Hosting today, An enthusiastic and emotional circle conversation followed the presentation. Mel Geltch, one of the training team, drew this beautiful image as a harvest of the presentation.
28 and 30 June - The People's Passion On the occasion of the centenary of the disastrous Treaty of Versailles we presented two new performances of The People’s Passion, our 100-year-old story of hope for people’s movements today with music and lyrics by Glenda Cloughley. Read more about the June 2019 performances.
14 June - Women, Peace and Bread in a Time of War
As part of the lead-up to The People's Passion, at the end of June, we presented this 'singing seminar' at the Australian War Memorial. We wove stories and history about the inspiring women of the international peace network during and after World War One with excerpts of the Passion music, powerpoint images and video footage from our 2015 Passion. The chorus was joined by Chris Latham (violin) and Gillian Peirera (cello). The audience included many war memorial educators, historians and volunteers. They were moved by the presentation, surprised by this important history, totally unknown to them. Some asked how this information could be made available to visitors to the memorial.
24 April - Anzac Eve Peace Vigil
Since 2011 each Anzac Eve, 24 April, we gather with candle lit lanterns to lament the tragedy of war and sing our dreams for a peaceful future. We sing ‘Spirit Songs for Anzac Eve’ and through the smoke from the fire lit by aboriginal tent embassy coals we descend in silence into darkness down the mountain thinking of all the souls lost in war, their families and friends who mourn them, and hope that it will never happen again. For more information see our report on Anzac Eve Peace Vigils.
14 April - Palm Sunday Rally for Refugees
John Minns from the Refugee Action Campaign had the idea of a flash mob singing Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy' at the 2019 Palm Sunday Rally for Refugees in Garema Place, Canberra. He asked A Chorus of Women to make it happen. Glenda Cloughley wrote new lyrics with the title 'Song of Life'. Johanna McBride arranged the music for choir, soloists and instruments.
We gathered more than a hundred voices for our citizens' chorus. and rehearsed in secret. We also invited musician friends - among them soloists Tobias Cole and Tim Hollo, and instrumentalists Lucus Allerton, Max McBride and Gillian Pereira. Rehearsals were a well-kept secret in Canberra. On the day the 5000 strong crowd joined in enthusiastically. For more information go to our highlights page.
15 March - School Strike for Climate
Along with supporters of all ages, we joined with the school students in their strike for climate rally in Garema Place. The space was overflowing! The event was inspiring, with moving speeches and music, all organised and led by the kids. Afterwards, the large crowd marched to Glebe Park, for a more informal gathering, where we joined in the singing.
13 March - 'Accelerate' Film Screening
On Wednesday, 13 March, at 7.30 pm we hosted a screening of this 30 minute taster of 'Accelerate', jointly with SEE Change. This new documentary about 350.org, an organisation founded by Bill McKibben to work for action on climate change.
After the screening Janet Salisbury from Chorus and Mark Spain jointly facilitated conversation among the 75 people who attended. We contributed some of our songs for the Earth to support reflections.
We were inspired by leaders of the School Strike in Canberra planned for 15 March who addressed the meeting.
10 March - Commonwealth Day Multi-Faith Celebration
The Chorus was invited to participate in the Commonwealth Day Multi-Faith Celebration at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture. The theme for this year's event was 'A Connected Commonwealth'. We contributed our song 'Ubuntu - I am who I am because of you' and in the spirit of the song, extended a warm invitation to the audience to join the singing.
11 November - The People's Passion
This sell out performance of a reworking of Glenda Cloughley's 2015 cosmmunity oratorio A Passion for Peace was our contribution to the commemorations of the centenary of Armistice Day. See our report.
21 September - International Day of Peace
We contributed to a ceremony at the Peace Bell, with another singing of Meg Rigby's new 'Peace Bell Song'. We also sang 'A Recipe for Peace' to congratulate our sisters from The International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) who were awarded the Chief Minister's Rotary Peace Prize.
20 September - ICAN Rally at the Canberra International Peace Bell
A Chorus of Women sang 'The Lament' at a ceremony around the Peace Bell, commemorating the victims of nuclear war and as a warning against any future dangers from the possible use of nuclear weapons. This event started off a rally to Parliament House where activists and politicians, including Tim Hollo, Robert Tickner and Anthony Albanese called on our governemnt to sign the treaty for the prohinition of nuclear weapons.
19 September - ICAN Nobel Peace Prize Welcome Dinner
We contributed peace songs, including a selection from The People's Passion to the Spring Banquet for the riders, organised by Beyond Uranium Canberra, at the ANU Food Coop. At this happy occasion the ICAN bike riders who brought the Nobel Peace Prize from Melbourne were welcomed in Canberra. This prize was awarded to ICAN for their role in negotiating a UN treaty for the prohibition of nuclear weapons. Read more about this initiative.
5 August - Hiroshima Day Ceremony at the Peace Bell
We participated in a moving ceremony to commemorate the victims of the atom bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Meg's new 'Peace Bell' song with special lyrics for the occasion was our contribution to the event. You can read about the Rotary Peace Bell and our 'Peace Bell' song on our 'What's New' page.
1 June - Jam for Refugees
On1st June 2018, A Chorus of Women expressed their support for a kind and humane response to those who seek asylum in Australia, by performing in the annual fundraising event, Jam For Refugees, organised by the Refugee Action Campaign Canberra at All Saints Anglican Church in Ainslie. Together with the Cyrenes, Chorus sang 'A Home Away From Home', 'A Recipe for Peace' and 'Ubuntu', receiving a warm response from both audience and event organisers.
6 May - Ubuntu Africa Choir in Canberra
A Chorus of Women and the Cyrenes women's choir welcomed the Ubuntu Africa Choir with our own Ubuntu song!
You can find the meaning of Ubuntu in our 2005 song by Johanna McBride. The Chorus and the Cyrenes are inspired by this ancient African philosophy that impelled the end of apartheid.
The concert was a fundraiser to fund the completion of a Ugandan high school. See www.kwaya.org for more information about the choir's 2018 tour.
24 April - Anzac Eve Peace Vigil
This event has become a Canberra tradition. Starting at the top of Mt Ainslie with community singing and ceremony, we walked down towards the War Memorial in a lantern-lit procession re-imagining the Anzac narrative away from its exclusive focus on past overseas wars, and towards a peaceful and inclusive future.
Watch a video on our facebook page.
20 April - Our Ethos in Stories and Song
The City of Canberra fared well when the Spirits of Earth showed up in Civic Square recently for an encounter with Ethos and the citizens. Wearing Greek tragic masks, the stern earth spirits also warned of drought, fire and filthy skies if Federal climate policy is not radically transformed. Ethos (1961), Canberra's first public art commission, sang at the centre of the drama in the voice her sculptor Tom Bass heard 13 years ago in a dream of guidance for the community. Our music was from Glenda Cloughley's The Gifts of the Furies, our mythic scale drama about relations between people and Earth, and Glenda's setting of the Ethos dream. The well-attended occasion was one of our contributions to the 2018 Canberra and Region Heritage Festival. Here is the event flyer.
23 February - Launch of the Canberra World Peace Bell
The Canberra World Peace Bell was launched in Nara Peace Park. A Chorus of Women were invited to sing for this event. Our Meg Rigby wrote her 'Peace Bell Song' for this special occasion. Read more about the Peace Bell project here.
At our end of year concert at at the Chapel, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, we shared, in story and song, inspiring stories of women around the world working for peace. Sue Wareham of MAPW told us of the nobel peace prize awarded to ICAN. We also heard excerpts from Judith Clingan's latest work, Harmonia Mundi, music and stories around A Passion for Peace and the Women's March movement.
8 September - Singing paper for Feminist Utopias: Past, Present and Imagined conference
We presented a singing paper, Resounding Harmony: The Utopian Impulse, by Glenda Cloughley and A Chorus of Women with musical direction by Johanna McBride, at a 1-day conference hosted by the ANU Gender Institute and ANU School of History in the Great Hall of University House. You can download a multi-media copy of the paper.
With live original music and performance video clips we showed that emergent utopias are always alive in the ‘generative substratum’ of culture, where harmonious families and communities continuously renew the cycles of life.
The presentation focused on the global story of utopian impulses that drew 1300 women from warring and neutral countries together in the only international peace conference of the First World War. The music included ‘law chorales’ which sing the guiding precepts of that 1915 International Congress of Women. These inspired our centennial community oratorio A Passion for Peace and manifest globally again in the Women’s Marches of January 2017.
23 July - screening of 'Guarding the Galilee'
To support the Stop Adani campaign, we hosted a film screening of the 30 minute documentary 'Guarding the Galilee' at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture on Sunday 23 July, 5-6.30pm. We also sang some of our songs for harmony with Nature and have informal conversation after the film.
Donations were collected for the Defence of Country fund of the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners
Presented by Queensland-born actor Michael Caton, the film is about the struggle to stop the biggest coal mine in Australian history, Adani’s Carmichael project.
The award-winning documentary team capture the raw beauty of Central Queensland where Adani’s mine threatens essential water resources, and follow the water to the Coral Sea where the Great Barrier Reef is in peril from coal port dredging, increased coal ship traffic and burning of coal for electricity, the biggest contributor to climate change.
You can watch the trailer here:
19 July - #EvacuateNow - Canberra Vigil - Call for Singers
For 4 years, successive Australian governments have forced people seeking safety to suffer in offshore detention.
Let's open the gates of the detention camps,
We invited Canberra singers, men and women, to help us form a citizen's chorus and sing our song 'A Home Away from Home' which includes the above words in the final verse. We were very happy to have a citizens chorus of around 25 singers, including some of Canberra's finest musicians.
This was to support a nationwide action calling for asylum seekers in Manus and Nauru to be released from those camps immediately and brought to safety after four years of suffering in limbo and with no clear solutions in sight.
Read the lyrics and listen to a recording of the whole song which is a short history of Australia's immigration. Most of us are boat people!
This event was held at the Chapel of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture on 25 June 2017, 4.30pm, to mark Refugee Week 2017.
We showed the film 'Freedom Stories', which tells the very moving stories of several asylum seekers who came to Australia by boat and ended up in detention camps. All of them are now Australian citizens.
We welcomed our audience by singing our song 'A Home Away from Home'. The film was followed by light refreshments and conversations with the audience. All proceeds will be donated to the local organisation 'Canberra Refugee Support' who help with refugee settlement in Canberra.
Click on the image to download a flyer.
6 May - Peace Works book launch
On 6 May, at the Australian Archives, we presented a group of peace songs, including Johanna McBride's 'When People Start to Sing', Glenda Cloughley's 'Spirit Songs' and Honey Nelson's 'Anzac Hymn' for the launch of the book Peace Works! Moving Beyond 1915 Remembrance' which was the result of a community writing project. Glenda also gave a presentation about the Peace Festival and the premiere performances of A Passion for Peace in 2015.
The book includes contributions from Chorus members Annie Didcott and Glenda Cloughley. Eminent historian Joan Beaumont launched the book. Find more information about this community project at their website.
24 April - Anzac Eve Peace Vigil
We continued our annual event of commemoration and lament for all victims of war and violence, starting on top of Mount Ainslie, and walking with our lanterns into the darkness of Anzac Eve. See here for more information about this event.
22 April - March for Science
A Chorus of Women joined over 1000 Canberrans on the lawns in Federation Mall - against the magnificent backdrop of Parliament House. The Canberra march was one of 11 marches in Australia and over 600 marches worldwide (in the US, Canada, Mexico, and right across South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific) to support and celebrate science and scientists, who have become increasingly frustrated when science data, the results of their painstaking research, and scientific consensus, are ignored and marginalised by government leaders and policy makers, and resourcing for science institutions is reduced or withdrawn. These issues have become particularly serious under the current US administration - but are also plain to see to a greater or lesser all over the world.
Janet Salisbury helped to organise the Canberra march and was one of the MCs for the event. The four excellent speakers, each told us in their own way, why science is important, how it needs to be properly resourced and accessible to all, while the results need to be openly communicated, discussed, and used to inform policies. Janet led sung chants from Chorus of 'All we are saying .... Science for all' '....act on the facts', '... give science a voice' and '... given truth a chance'. A 'marchers pledge' was displayed for signing. The opening words 'We are a passionate, peaceful people ...' inspired our other song-chant based on the song 'Singing for our Lives' by Holly Near. Here are some photos of the event.
10 March - Singing for MARSS
We were invited to contribute some of our songs to the Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services International Women's Day celebrations. We sang 'A Recipe for Peace' and many present joined us in singing 'A Home Away from Home'.
26 November - Singing Regeneration!
On Sunday, 26 November we held our end of year concert which coincided with the closing of the 'Seasons of Birth' art exhibition at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture. The event combined music and reflections on the laws of regeneration, regenerating humanity and regenerating the Earth. Click here to view the flyer for this event.
1 September - Mission Climate!
We held a big fundraiser for the Climate Council at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture. Many scientists and artists participated as well as the Cyrenes Women's Choir. Read the full report on our highlights page.
24 April - Anzac Eve Peace Vigil
On Sunday 24 April 2016, we are continuing the tradition of gathering on the eve of Anzac Day to lament and remember not only the soldiers but the victims of all wars and violence. Please join us at any point, on top of Mount Ainslie, in Remembrance Park or at the Forecourt of the Australian War Memorial. See the flyer and Anzacpeacevigil.org for more information. See here for more information about previous Anzac Eve Peace Vigils.
We joined the group 'Grandmothers against Detention of Refugee Children' at a 9am Rally at the lawns in front of Australian Parliament House.
They invited us to address the crowd of hundreds of grandmothers and supporters from many parts of Australia and sing our 'A Home Away from Home'. Click on the image to see a video of our singing recorded by Greens MP Adam Bandt.
Speakers addressing the crowd included Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Labour MP Melissa Clarke, Independent Andrew Wilkie and Dr. Anne Mijch, a paediatrician from Monash University. All of them spoke from the heart and with great clarity about the current situation and how we cannot allow it to continue.
The Rally was the culmination of freedom rides, the Grandmothers against the Detention of Refugee Children had organised with it's Victorian, NSW, Tasmanian and ACT branches. See their Facebook page. Read a report of the day by Suzanne McCourt.
12 December - Christmas Concert
To conclude a big year, we presented a Christmas concert at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture on the theme 'Peace on Earth - Peace with the Earth'.
We were joined in concert by some of our city’s great singers and instrumentalists.
In the first half we sang the longing for peace on Earth, in Christmas 1914 and always in selections from our big new work, A Passion for Peace by Glenda Cloughley.
The second half recalled favourite music from 12 years of songwriting for peace with the Earth by Chorus women Johanna McBride, Judith Clingan AM, Janet Salisbury, Meg Rigby and Glenda Cloughley.We sang these songs for care of the Earth, at the time when the United Nations conference in Paris conclude.
Click on the image to download a flyer.
Click here to read more news and reports about the inaugural Peace Festival and our performances earlier this year of A Passion for Peace and the Festival for Peace at Albert Hall.
29 November - People's Climate March
We joined with thousands of fellow Canberrans and people across our region on the lawns at Parliament House. We contributed some of our songs including 'Dear Earth', 'Our Footprints' and 'We Are the Weathermakers' to this big event.
The Canberra People’s Climate March was part of an international community weekend of action on the eve of historic UN climate negotiations in Paris. We showed that national decision makers are out of step with ordinary Australians who are already taking action on climate change: it’s time for them to follow our lead. We asked: from here on in, we’re all in - are you?
Read about the event on facebook.
7 October - Book Launch 'We Are Better Than This'
Jon Stanhope, former ACT Chief Minister, launched this book at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture. We contributed our songs 'A Home Away From Home' and 'Lest We Forget' with special lyrics for the occasion. Click here for a flyer.
6 August - Hiroshima Day 70th Anniversary
Our friends from the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) invited us to join in commemorating the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. We gathered around the statue of Ethos in Civic Square to remember the horrific suffering inflicted by war and particularly by nuclear weapons. Sue Wareham from the Medical Association for the Prevention of War (MAPW) gave an address about a nuclear weapons ban treaty. We also sang up the spirit of the community, embodied by the statue of Ethos. Downlad a flyer here. Here you can read an article about the event by Ian Warden.
The inaugural Festival for Peace included the folloiwng highlights:
28, 30 April, 2 May - Premiere performances of A Passion for Peace
as part of the Festival for Peace, Albert Hall. Click here for more information.
29 April - Finding the Ways to Peace forum
as part of the Festival for Peace, Albert Hall
30 April - Women's Day, Women's Ways workshop
as part of the Festival for Peace, Albert Hall
A concert of music about peace-making in the wake of repetitive, unconscionable warfare; and on behalf of refugees, Indigenous peoples, animals wild and domestic, and our own Earth. We appeal for spiritual assistance for people to take the great step upward to a higher ethos for our world.
Musician-composers Judith Clingan AM, and Honey Nelson presented a program of new music, sung by a Festival Ensemble of 10 fine singers, and instrumentalists.
Musical direction Judith Clingan
2 May - Peace on Earth–Peace with the Earth forum
as part of the Festival for Peace, Albert Hall
24 April - Anzac Eve Peace Vigil 2015
This special event has become a Canberra tradition over the last five years. A Chorus of Women took part in the Peace Vigil on the Eve of centenary Anzac Day, on 24 April 2015. As in previous years it started on top of Mount Ainslie, followed by a lantern parade to the foot of the mountain, and a gathering in the forecourt of the War Memorial. Click on the image for more detail.
29 March - Concert at Belconnen Arts Centre
At the invitation of Belconnen Arts Centre we gave a 30 minute preview performance of excerpts of A Passion for Peace. We were joined by the children from Arawang Primary School, as well as by our musician friends including Louise Page, Angela Giblin, Christina Wilson, Jenny Sawer, Margaret Sim, Alan Hicks and David Pereira.
24 March - Launch of the Festival for Peace
ACT Minister of the Arts Joy Birch launched our inaugural Festival for Peace at the Legislative Assembly. Glenda Cloughley, composer of A Passion for Peace and our friend Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman also addressed the audience to speak about the importance of the Arts in publlic discourse.
27 February - Launch of the Centenary Exhibition of WILPF
Our sisters at the Canberra branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom invited us to sing at the opening of their centenary exhibition 'Women's Power to Stop War', which was launched by Professor Marilyn Lake from Melbourne University.
6 December 2014 - recording of 'We Women'
Many of the singers who had taken part in the work-in-progress performance of A Passion for Peace came together at the Belconnen Arts Centre to record 'We Women', a centenary fanfare Glenda Cloughley had written and which we presented as a gift to WILPF (the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom). The Belconnen Arts Centre generously made available the beautiful foyer space free of charge, in exchange for a public concert which we held on 29 March 2015 (see above). The video was screened at the centenary Congress of WILPF in The Hague on 28 April 2015.
11 November 2014 - work-in-progress performance of A Passion for Peace
On Remembrance Day 2014 we presented our first performance of music from A Passion for Peace at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture.
With a chorus of more than 30 singers and some wonderful Canberra musicians including singers Louse Page, Margaret Sim, Angela Giblin, Jenny Sawer and cellist David Pereira, we sang to a capacity audience.
Audience and singers commented on the beauty of the poetry, the expressive power of the music and the passion of the singing.
4 November 2014 - The war to end all wars: our responsibility to those who died
Chorus participated in this public forum on 4 November 2014, 7.30 pm at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, which has been jointly organised by the Medical Association for the Prevention of War, Honest History, WILPF, A Chorus of Women and UNAA (ACT). See the flyer for details.
21 September 2014 - Sing for Peace, Walk for Climate
On 21 September 2014, the International Day for Peace, A Chorus of Women joined a global citizens' call for action on climate change. We started with a 'Call to Peace' in the National Arboretum, followed by a singing walk to the Village Centre, where we did a flash mob action. See here for further detail.
13 August 2014 - 'For the sake of humanity'
31 July 2014 - 1915-2015: Resolutions for a Sustainable Peace — then and now
We gathered about 50 people to raise awareness of the 1915 International Congress of Women in The Hague, and of the farsighted resolutions the 1200 women unanimously passed. Many of these resolutions have since been incorporated in international institutions and law. At our event we discussed what we need to move forward to make all the resolutions a reality. As usual, we contributed our music, including a première performance of 'Resolution One' by Glenda Cloughley which is part of A Passion for Peace, our new major work:
We women, in International Congress assembled,
Protest against the madness and horror of war,
Involving as it does a reckless sacrifice of human life
And the destruction of so much that humanity
Has labored through centuries to build up.
Click here to download the report of this event.
14 July 2014 - VOICE
This event was presented by Women in Action at Smith's Alternative Bookshop, to celebrate the singing, poetry and drama performances of Canberra's women. Among the contributors were Alison Proctor of the Canberra band 'The Cashews' with her sister Suze, Jackie Sutton of UN Women and Hazel Hall with the School of Music Poets. Click here for a report by Dannielle Abbou-takka about this inspiring evening and A Chorus of Women's contribution.
27 May 2014 - Book launch - The human capacity for change
Chorus sang at the book launch of 'The human capacity for transformational change—harnessing the collective mind' by great chorus friends Valerie Brown AO and John Harris. The Hon. Barry Jones AO launched the book to a full house at the Great Hall of University House. The book explores ways to harness different ways of thinking across usual disciplinary and social divides to develop a richer understanding of the world. Chorus makes an appearance on page 179 of the book in a case study about Canberra Conversations. As was appropriate for 'harnessing the collective mind', Chorus sang 'We are the people — so many different voices' and 'Ubuntu'.
10 May 2014 - Acknowledgement of Country at the Canberra International Music Festival
We were again invited to sing the Acknowledgement of Country, this year for the opening of the 20th Anniversary Gala concert of the music festival. With this song with words by local poet Hazel Hall and music by Glenda Cloughley we want to help deepen the meaning and significance of our respect for the first inhabitants of this country. We were accompanied by the Wallfisch Band, an internationally acclaimed baroque ensemble.
30 April 2014 - Launch of the National Energy Efficiency Network
A Chorus of Women sang at the Canberra launch of the National Energy Efficiency Network. A comment from the audience: "Their singing was wonderful!! ... You lifted the roof of the Great Hall at Uni House & every heart of those sitting in it"
24 April 2014 - Anzac Eve Peace Vigil
We again took part in this event organised by Graeme Dunstan, which has become a Canberra tradition. See our Highlights page for more detail for more detail.
15 April 2014 -'Remembering War - Seeking Peace', A Canberra Conversation
At this conversation at Manning Clark House we explored questions about how we can best respect the memory of those killed or traumatised by war , including Aboriginal people during Australian settlement. Click here to read more and a report of the event.
13 April 2014 - Break the Silence - Rally for Refugees
We brought a number of heartfelt songs, two of them written especially for this big event, where more than 3000 Canberra citizens gathered to express their dismay with the lack of empathy towards asylum seekers evident in the current political climate. See our highlights page for more detail.
30 March 2014 - Weereewa Festival
We sang at Gorman House before a performance of Mirramu Dance Company entitled 'Walking on Water and Other Miracles'. One of the highlights was accompanying our friend Andrew Purdam in a beautiful arrangement of Fred Watson's 'Under Australian Skies' he had written for A Chorus of Women.
6 March 2014 - AEU International Women's Day
The ACT branch of the Australian Education Union invited us to contribute songs to their International Women's Day event which had the theme Inspiring Change. Robyn Martin, the manager of Beryl Women's Refuge and Jane Thomson, adviser to the Human Rights Commission gave addresses. Our songs included a version of Lest We Forget which acknowledges the web of connections women weave in our communities. The event concluded with singing Ubuntu where we invited everyone to join us.
3 Feburary 2014 - Opening Ceremony of the ACT Law Society
We were invited to sing for the opening ceremony in the Great Hall of the ANU and were pleased to sing 'I Am Ethos', 'We Are the People' and other songs in front of a beautiful image of Ethos who forms a central part of the Law Society's logo.
17 – 19 December 2013 – ‘So Good a Thing’ Festival by Judith Clingan AM
We joined hundreds of other enthusiastic singers and musicians who gathered from far and wide at the Albert Hall to celebrate the musical enrichment of our lives through music making with Judy over the previous fifty year period in Canberra. On 17 December we presented a concert of songs from our repertoire. You can watch Judy Clingan's 'Tree of Life' and Glenda Cloughley's 'A Recipe for Peace' on YouTube. On 19 December a Chorus ensemble presented excerpts from The Gifts of the Furies by Glenda Cloughley. Click here to read Judy’s account of her involvement with A Chorus of Women.
10 December 2013 - Musical Offering thank you drinks
Glenda Cloughley and Johanna Mcbride receive certificates from Don Aitkin at a party held on 10 December 2013 for participants in the Musical Offering program which organised free concerts every day of Canberra's Centenary year of 2013. A Chorus of Women participated on a number of occasions, ranging from full Chorus representation to small ensemble concerts.
1 December 2013 – Seasons of Renewal: Lawsongs in the High Court
Chorus presented this concert to sing up the laws of harmony, life and Earth with some of our wonderful musician friends in the beautiful space of the High Court foyer, as part of the Canberra Centenary Musical Offering series. See our highlights page for more details about the concert.
1 – 3 November 2013 – chOir-tly LOUD Festival of Song, Wollongong
Chorus joined many other choirs and singing groups from our region for a festival of song to ‘celebrate the phenomenon of creating and sharing choral music in the community’ in Wollongong, NSW. Chorus sang Acknowledgment of Country at the opening of the Gala concert at the Wollongong Town Hall, and gave performances at a restaurant and on the beach foreshore. Johanna McBride and Chorus also led massed singing of Ubuntu at the opening event of the festival, in the City Mall and at the final gathering of choirs at the beach foreshore.
19 September 2013 – Words for Peace Awards Ceremony, WILPF
In the lead up to the International Day of Peace on 21 September 2013 the ACT Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s held a competition for young people, initiated by our Annie Didcott. It was called Words for Peace. At the competition awards ceremony at Gorman House, Chorus contributed some peace songs and gave vocal support to young Katy Larkin who sang the prize winning song 'Harmony' she had written for the competition.
6 September 2013 – National Palliative Care Conference
We sang to delegates of the National Palliative Care Conference in the Royal Theatre, National Convention Centre. At the end of our presentation in this moving closing ceremony we invited everyone to join us in singing Ubuntu.
16 August 2013 – DANscienCE Performance at CSIRO Discovery Centre
Chorus provided musical support to DANscienCE, a festival which brought together Australian dance artists and scientists, by singing She Spins by Meg Rigby.
15 August 2013 – Service of Lament for Asylum Seekers
Chorus provided the music and led the singing at this service, held at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture. Together with those who gathered we gave expression to our shared sorrow at the failure to find a humane response to the plight of asylum seekers. Click here to read more.
28 July 2013 – Canberra Centenary Conversation: Our Canberra
For this Canberra Conversation, which was part of Canberra’s Centenary Program, we met at the Margaret Whitlam Pavillion at the National Arboretum. Viewing Canberra in its landscape from this new vantage point we pondered who we are and creatively explored a re-imagining of our ‘ideal city’. Click here to read more.
10 May 2013 – Canberra International Music Festival
Chorus led a massed choir singing of Acknowledgement of Country (words by Hazel Hall, music by Glenda Cloughley) at the Opening Concert of the Canberra International Music Festival.
24 April 2013 - Anzac Eve Peace Vigil
Chorus joined this annual event, gathering on top of Mount Ainslie at sunset of Anzac eve for a ceremony, a procession down the Mount Ainslie walking track with lanterns, singing at Remembrance Park and a lantern walk down Anzac Parade. Click here for a flyer of the event.For more information about Anzac Eve Peace Vigils click here.
24 March 2013 – The Four Elements Festival, Mirramu Creative Arts Centre
We sang at the Festival Finale Family Concert, Gathering Storm, of this Centenary of Canberra event celebrating excellence in regional arts, at Mirramu Creative Arts Centre beside Lake George.
19 March 2013 – Citizens’ Candlelight Vigil for truth and justice: 10 years on from the invasion of Iraq
We participated in a moving candle light gathering at Commonwealth Place Ampitheatre to a gathering of Canberra citizens. Ms Hanaa Edwar, Secretary General of the Iraqi Al-Amal Association, a humanitarian association in Iraq, spoke at the event, saying "Iraqis' only hope is to once again live a normal life. Their lives have been completely changed by this war." For more information click here.
19 March 2013 - ‘Open the Doors of the Chambers’: Chorus 10th Anniversary Concert at Parliament House
We returned to the foyer of the Australian Parliament House, where Chorus began on 18 March 2003, to give a lunchtime concert of songs selected from our repertoire which has developed over the last 10 years. An English visitor in the foyer was reported to say that '[this] would never happen in British Parliament'. See our highlights page for more information.
16 March 2013 - Chorus 10th Anniversary Party
We gathered with friends and supporters to celebrate our 10th anniversary at the Bogong Theatre, Gorman House.
13 March 2013 – Medical Association for the Prevention of War Dinner: Why did we go to war in Iraq? The need for an enquiry
Chorus contributed a number of songs to this event at Vivaldi Restaurant, ANU Arts Centre. We sang our first song, the 'Lament', positioned among the audience, and invited everyone to join us in our song 'When People start to sing, thing are changing'.
4 January 2013 – Canberra Centenary Musical Offering at the National Library
A Chorus ensemble concert in the foyer of the National Library of Australia was the first of two 2013 Chorus contributions to ‘The Musical Offering – a gift from the Canberra musical community to mark the city’s centenary’. The Canberra Times reported this event.
7 December 2012 - Eco Elves Night Market
The Canberra Environment Centre held this Christmas market, featuring ethical and eco-fr