- Jam for Refugees
- Ubuntu Africa choir
- Anzac Eve Peace Vigil
- Our Ethos in stories and song
- The Regeneration Project
- Other News
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 Committee 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.
Daramalan College Hall - 6 May, 7pm
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.
This event has become a Canberra tradition. Starting at the top of Mt Ainslie with community singing and ceremony, we walk 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.
Civic Square - 20 April
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.
‘Regeneration’ is A Chorus of Women's main theme.
Our end-of-year concert in November 2016 ('Singing Regeneration') combined music and spoken reflections on the laws of regeneration, regenerating humanity, and regenerating the Earth.
In the current political climate, working towards political and cultural regeneration is more important than ever and we have been thinking about ways that Chorus can give voice more publicly to the underlying theme of regeneration that has been in the background of much of our previous work.
Click here for further information. about The Regeneration Project.
Please contact us if you are interested.
Watch this space for further news and information.
On 23 February, from 10.30 - 12 noon we took part in the official launch of the Canberra World Peace Bell in Nara Peace Park. Our Meg Rigby wrote a new song for this special occasion. Click here to find out more background about this project.
On Anzac Day ABC presenter and Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied tweeted 'Lest we forget (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine)'. She was widely attacked and accused of being 'disrespectful'.
Our singers and musician friends at our new home base, at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture.
Since the beginning of November 2015 we have been in residence in the beautiful grounds of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture.
Located at the edge of the Parliamentary Triangle on the southern shore of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin among several other national cultural institutions, the Centre is the Canberra campus of Charles Sturt University.
The residency began with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Chorus women and the Centre’s Executive Director, Professor Stephen Pickard. The agreement recognises many years of shared commitments to seeking wisdom for the common good. As ever, the Chorus maintains its independence and non-alignment with any religion or political group.
The Centre has welcomed our offer of ‘skilled use of the arts to engage the community in public policy dilemmas by portraying the ethical dimensions of issues and foretelling the human consequences of decisions’.
The Chorus and Centre are both committed to respecting all spiritual traditions. Among our shared active interests are peace making, relations between people and Earth, reconciliation and respect for Indigenous Australians, speaking out about violence against women and children, engendering wise responses to refugees and climate change and regenerating wellbeing in the spirit of our city as our hometown and our national capital. The Centre's website is www.csu.edu.au/faculty/arts/accc
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