Simon Kenway with members of the Community Choirs
Opera Australia with Crown Resorts Foundation and Parramatta Park present

Western Sydney Community Choirs Concert

Nearly 300 singers from all across west and south-west Sydney will share the stage at The Crescent, Parramatta Park on Sunday 15 March 2015 to celebrate the culmination of a journey which began with Opera Australia in 2012.

The Community Choirs project is an initiative to give amateur singers access to professional conductors and venues to improve their craft and deepen their understanding of opera. The project has seen the formation of the Western Sydney Community Choirs, which have gone on to perform at the Sydney Opera House in 2012 and 2014.

This third performance will bring the talents of the Western Sydney Community Choirs closer to home with a free concert at Parramatta Park. Along with Penrith Symphony Orchestra, the near 300-strong Choir from 11 communities will perform a night of opera choruses under the stars. 

The Western Sydney Community Choirs was established as one of Opera Australia's most important community projects, and this performance is enabled through a grant from the Crown Resort's Foundation's Western Sydney Arts Initative and donation of the venue from the Parramatta Park Trust.

For three years the Choirs have united singers from various ages, cultures, languages and musical backgrounds, with this concert giving them the opportunity to show how far they have come vocally and perfom for their local communities.

Come early to get a good spot and join the “Opera Dress-Ups”. This is your chance to try on costumes from Opera Australia’s vast costume collection.

Program Highlights:

PUCCINI 'Nessun dorma' from Turandot
VERDI 'Brindisi' from La Traviata
BIZET 'The Toreador's Song' from Carmen
PUCCINI 'Un bel di' from Madama Butterfly
PUCCINI 'Te Deum' from Tosca
RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN 'You'll Never Walk Alone' from Carousel

How do I get there?

Enter Parramatta Park from the corner of Macquarie & Pitt Streets, Parramatta.

Parramatta Park map (pdf)

For public transport information see or visit — the closest train stations are Parramatta or Westmead.

Is there parking nearby?

There is no vehicle access to the Park on the day of the performance.

There is limited paid parking available at Hunter Street Car park (enter from Hunter Street between Pitt Street and O’Connell Street).

What can I bring to the venue?

The Crescent is an outdoor venue with no formal seating. Attendees are welcome to bring picnic rugs to sit on the grass amphitheatre and/or low-profile collapsible chairs.

Food and drinks

Limited food and beverages will be available for purchase, however attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic. BYO alchohol is okay, however glass is not permitted on site. Please ensure waste is disposed of in the rubbish bins located around the site.

Can I take pictures and video?

Nothing compares to listening to live opera. Please enjoy the performance, without the use of flash photography or recording devices. Photography or any kind of filming is not permitted during the concert performance.

Wet weather

The concert will proceed unless the weather is extreme. In the event that the performance is cancelled due to inclement weather, announcements and notifications will be made on the Opera Australia website, facebook, and twitter after 5.00pm.


Sunday 15 march 2015


The Crescent
Parramatta Park

HOst Christopher Lawrence
Conductor Simon Kenway
Soloists Ayse Göknur Shanal
  Sian Pendry
  Rosario La Spina
  Shane Lowrencev

Auburn Community Choir
Bankstown World Choir
Blue Mountains Community Choir
C4, Campbelltown
Coro Marconi, Bossley Park
Holroyd Community Choir
Macarthur Singers, Camden
Newington Community Choir
Simply Voices, Blacktown
Sweet Tonic Choir, Campbelltown
Sydney Sonata Singers, Blacktown
Valley Voices, Telopea

with Penrith Symphony Orchestra
and conductor Paul Terracini

Running Time: 90 minutes no interval

Opera Australia
Principal Partner


Event Partners

Crown Resorts Foundation and Packer Family Foundation logos

 Venue Partner

Parramatta Park logo