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A Chorus of Women

A Chorus of Women has been singing since 18 March 2003 when 150 women filled the Australian Parliament with a lament for the people of Iraq as the Federal Government announced that Australia was going to war. The Lament was a national and international media event. See the 7.30 Report coverage from the day.

We continue re-sounding current meanings of the role the Citizens’ Chorus played in the ancient theatre of Athens when democracy was new.

A Chorus of Women has given hundreds of 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 numerous major productions, and we have produced three CDs and two DVDs and A Chorus of Women Songbook for Citizens.

We always welcome new singers.

The People's Passion 2019

After our sell out performance last November on the centenary of Remembrance Day we presented two performances of this inspiring story for people's movements today at the end of June. Read more about The People's Passion.

Vale Bob Hawke

In A Chorus of Women we recall fondly the former Prime Minister joining the cast of 80 Canberra citizens in Old Parliament House for Closing Night of our 2010 Floriade Festival production of The Gifts of the Furies.  In front of a packed House of Representatives, Bob Hawke delivered the verdict in the trial we staged between The Furies of Earth and Lord Reason, with Ethos presiding. The trial scene is the centrepiece of The Gifts of the Furies, which our composer Glenda Cloughley based on The Eumenides, a Greek tragedy from 458 BCE whose happy ending follows the people's commitment to compassionate justice and harmony with the Earth. Bob Hawke loved the big story-song, declaring in an impromptu speech afterwards that ‘the environment is the Number One issue for me.' Read more about our performances of The Gifts of the Furies.

See Bob Hawke’s impromptu speech and his cameo role in the House he led as Prime Minister from 1983.
The performance video concludes with The Promise sung to Gaia by the Chorus of Citizens.

See excerpts of The Gifts of the Furies 2010

Palm Sunday Rally for Refugeeslyrics

The joyous Song of Life sounded from thousands of Canberra voices in a flashmob at the 14 April 2019 Refugee Rally in Garema Place.

We gathered a citizens chorus of more than 100 singers and instrumentalists who secretly practised Johanna McBride's arrangement of Beethoven's Ode to Joy for four-part choir and instruments. The lyrics for the occasion were written by Glenda Cloughley.

When Tim Hollo started the calls of 'Freedom!' the crowd sang back in delight. Many joined the singing of the beloved tune, using postcards of the lyrics.

Soloists Tobias Cole and Glenda Cloughley led the citizens chorus under Johanna's direction. The singers came from many Canberra choral groups, showing the networks of great goodwill and humanity in our beautiful city. The fine instrumentalists who enthusiastically participated were Rowan Harvey-Martin (violin), Fiona Dickson (flute), Georgie Baron (clarinet), Lucus Allerton (piano), Gillian Pereira (cello) and Max McBride (double bass).

When the song came to an end there were immediate shouts for 'more' from the crowd. So the whole company gave an encore of the jubilant end. Watch this space for images and a video recording.



Singing Regeneration! - the theme of all our music making




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A Passion for PeacePassionVideo

We presented three performances of A Passion for Peace with some of Canberra's finest singers and instrumnetalists during the inaugural Festival for Peace 28 April - 2 May 2015.

Purchase a copy of the DVD for $25. Postage is $5 or you can arrange pick up:
Northside - Meg Rigby ((0406 375 482)
Southside - Sarah Stitt (0432 867 017)

Bank details for electronic transfer are on our Contacts page.

Spirit Songs for Anzac Eve

We sing this haunting song every year on 24 April during the Anzac Eve Peace Vigil. Click here for a professional recording. See the 'What's New' page for the 2019 Vigil.

We Women Video

Watch our YouTube video. It was our centenary birthday present to the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. In this joyous song we celebrate the courageous women who gathered in International Congress of Women in The Hague in April 1915 and all women who work for peace today and always.




Click here for our CD of 'I Am Ethos' which we launched in 2013 as a centenary gift to Canberra.

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.

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


A Chorus of Women's Songbook for Citizens

In our 10th anniversary year we published a songbook of more than 40 songs written by Chorus women from 2003 to 2013. The main themes are peace and democracy, and care of the Earth.

Purchase a copy for $30. Postage is $13 or you can arrange pick up:
Northside - Meg Rigby ((0406 375 482)
Southside - Sarah Stitt (0432 867 017)

Bank details for electronic transfer are on our Contacts page.




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