Our mission is to study, practise and perform choral music of all styles both on the University of Western Australia campus and other venues.
Create a friendly and inclusive environment in which choristers are respected and supported.
Carry out the Society’s, Values & Vision objectives within the University, and the community at large, in a professional manner.
Provide Members with the opportunity to:
Continue to develop the repertoire of music to be performed and strive to develop and maintain high standards in performance.
Engage professional and emerging composers, artists, orchestras and conductors for the purpose of furthering the Society’s aims.
Attract and develop new choir members.
Grow new audience members.
Support students of music at UWA, particularly in choral studies.
On 8th December 1931 at the Assembly Rooms in Pier Street, Mr A.J. Leckie raised his baton to conduct the first appearance of the newly formed UWA Choral Society in a performance of Stanford’s “The Revenge” and a selection of part-songs. There was no orchestra, Miss Elsie Watson accompanying the choir on the piano.
Under a series of conductors, Percy Grainger, Dr. (later Sir) Malcolm Sargent , Sir Thomas Beecham, Professor Frank Callaway, Tibor Paul, John Winstanley, Roy Rimmer, Ian Westrip, Warwick Stengards, Prue Ashurst, John Beaverstock, Burhan Guner, Jangoo Chapkhana, and now Christopher Van Tuinen, the Society has performed both on its own and with other groups, a diverse range of music.”
Musical highlights have included: Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Vespers and Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Verdi’s Requiem, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Matthew Passion and Christmas Oratorio, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, Lloyd Webber’s Requiem, Rutter’s Requiem, Bruckner’s Mass in E Minor, Haydn’s The Seasons and The Creation, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater and Mass in D Minor, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Handel’s Coronation Anthems, Israel in Egypt and The Messiah.
2011 marked 80 years of choral singing. This coincided with the University of Western Australia's centennial. In that time so many people have contributed and benefitted so much – performers and audience alike. We are confident that this great tradition will continue and in 2031 UWACS will be able to look back on a century of major contributions to the musical life of Western Australia.