Concordis Chamber Choir has established itself as one of the finest choral ensembles in Australia, with an outstanding performance record at choral festivals and competitions.
From the first meeting of school leavers, Concordis has grown into a group of more than 40 young men and women auditioned from all corners of Melbourne and beyond. Throughout its early journey Concordis enjoyed the guidance of its Founding Director Andrew Hunter and former Assistant Artistic Director/composer-in-residence Nicholas Buc premiering many of Nick’s new works.
Concordis is now lucky to be led by Musical Director Philippa Jones. Philippa’s passion for choral music blended with a wealth of practiced musical knowledge have allowed the choir to flourish in new and exciting ways. Philippa’s exciting concert programs have received an abundance of praise and have successfully seen the choir through COVID-19 with performances, recording sessions and online workshops.
Determined to embrace a variety of musical styles, the choir has an eclectic and ever-expanding repertoire. With its deliberate emphasis on Australian choral music, Concordis is proud to regularly commission and premiere new works by Australian composers and to further its reputation in this field.
Whether tertiary students or professionals from a wide variety of fields, Concordis’ singers are united by a passion for choral music and a dedication to achieving a high quality of sound. The choir aims to harness solo voices in the choral context while offering young adult singers the opportunity to further extend their vocal skills. Concordis is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in choral singing, with an emphasis on the high-quality performance of accessible and enjoyable choral music.
Concordis has taken advantage of several exciting opportunities to collaborate with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Together, Concordis and the MSO have performed Carmina Burana, the Doctor Who Spectacular and Symphony of Legends at sold-out concerts. The men of Concordis have also delighted fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise by singing this film score live with the MSO at Hamer Hall in a series of Pirates Live performances. To celebrate the 2019 Christmas season Concordis joined the MSO to perform the brilliant John Williams score of Home Alone. Concordis looks forward to future collaborations with the MSO.
Concordis more recently performed and filmed a curated program of music at the Mission to Seafarers Dome in the Docklands. This cinematic filming is a symbiosis of music and light projection exploring the intersection of music, art and architecture in one of Melbourne’s most historic heritage listed art and culture venues.
Particular highlights for Concordis over the years have included winning the State Final and taking second place in the National Final of the ABC Choir of the Year competition, making appearances on ABC TV’s Spicks & Specks and Sunday Arts and broadcasting numerous performances on ABC Classic and 3MBS FM. In addition, Concordis has an outstanding performance record at choral festivals and competitions, and has won first place at the Australian National Eisteddfod Open-Age Choral Championships on multiple occasions.