Since its inception in 1997 as the Collegium Symphonic Chorus, Perth Symphonic Chorus has impressed and mesmerised audiences throughout Australia and overseas, including New York, Salzburg and Vienna.
Led by internationally-acclaimed conductor, Dr Margaret Pride, the Chorus comprises close to 100 disciplined, enthusiastic and passionate individuals who are skilled in performing the works of some of the best choral composers throughout the ages.
With a varied repertoires ranging from full-scale works for large choirs and orchestras, to madrigal, gospel and lighter pieces including choruses from musicals, the Perth-based choir has gained a reputation for a purity of sound, tone and spirit which translates into music that brings joy to the heart.
The Chorus performs annually at the Perth Concert Hall, Government House Ballroom, The Redemptorist Monastery, in addition to other venues across Western Australia. International links have also been established in Singapore, Europe and the USA.
Each year, the Chorus presents an annual subscription series of three concerts. These change from year to year, but in recent times have included Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Sparrow Mass, Faure’s and Verdi’s Requiems, Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, Haydn’s Creation, and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.
In addition to the Perth Symphonic Chorus there is also the Perth Chamber Choir. The PSC Chamber Choir is a small group of PSC choristers who present more complex works at our concerts. Participation in this group is limited according to the balance of voices available. It requires a commitment to attendance at additional rehearsals, musical independence and the ability to learn music quickly. Please approach the Musical Director if you wish to participate in this group.
In December each year, a rendition of Handel’s Messiah is performed in the Perth Concert Hall. In recent years, the Messiah performance has been recorded for the ABC’s Sunday Arts Program.
Performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Carnegie Hall, New York.
Performance of Mozart’s Coronation Mass in an International Mozart Choral Festival in Salzburg Dom, Salzburg and Votivkirche, Vienna as well as a performance of chamber choral works in St Nicholas Church, Prague.
Invited performance at 2010 Australian National Choral Association’s Biennial Conference in NSW.
An evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein with the Australian Philharmonic Orchestra.
Featured artists on Sunday Arts, ABC TV.
2012 Remembrance Day featured choir ABC FM
Annual sell-out performances of Handel’s Messiah at the Perth Concert Hall. 2013’s performance chosed by the ABC for Christmas Day broadcast.
2013 – Featured as the December concert for the City of Perth 40th Anniversary celebrations.
2015 – Attended the Centenary celebrations of the City of Singapore as guest artists joining in the presentation of Mahler 8.
2016 – Travel to NY on invitation to join a performance of Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna in Carnegie Hall.