John Rutter’s Requiem & Canticles

and beautiful contemporary choral works including: John Rutter’s Canticles (“My Soul doth Magnify the Lord” and “Depart in Peace”), Gerald Custer’s “I will be the Light”, Tom Porter’s “Lux Aeterna”, and Ola Gjeilo’s “Sacred Heart” (Ubi Caritas III)

With orchestral chamber ensemble, piano, organ and soloists.

Box Hill Chorale
Phoebe Paine (soprano)
Christopher Cook (organ and piano)
Members of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Andrew Wailes

Sunday 9 June 2019 at 3pm
Christ Church, South Yarra
(Cnr Punt and Toorak Roads, South Yarra)


Join the Facebook event 




St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne 

Friday 14 December  2018 at 8.30pm 

Saturday 15 Decemebr 2018 at 3pm and 8pm

“Carols in the Cathedral”


BHC were thrilled to be a part of the RMP’s “Carols in the Cathedral” in 2018.

These concerts are Melbourne’s premier presentations of traditional Christmas music, carols and readings readings in the stunning setting of St Paul’s Cathedral. This year music included the world premiere performance of “An Australian Christmas” by Daniel Brinsmead (co-commissioned by Box Hill Chorale), and works by Australian composers including Helen Gifford, Sandra Milliken, and William G. James, as well as music by Kristian Hernes, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, Dan Forrest, John Purifoy, Sally De Ford, David Willcocks, Adolfe Adam, and Matthew Armstrong.


Boyd Owen, tenor
Jacinta Dennett, harp
Stefan Cassomenos, pianoforte
Adam Cook pianoforte
David Macfarlane, organ
Roland Rocchiccioli, reader
Julie Houghton, reader
The Australian Children’s Choir
Melbourne University Choral Society
Box Hill Chorale
Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir
City of Melbourne Highland Pipe Band
RMP Brass and Percussion
Andrew Wailes, conductor


Tickets can also be purchased via Ticketmaster Agencies or via the Ticketmaster website.

Visit, or Phone 136 008


Plenary Hall of the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre

Saturday 1 December 2018 at 3pm and  7.30pm 

“Our Christmas Gift”

Box Hill Chorale had the pleasure of participating in two spectacular “Our Christmas Gift” concerts at the Plenary Hall of the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre on Saturday. Presented by the Salvation Army, the concerts were a magnificent celebration of Christmas, and an impressive combination of music, words, technology and dramatic elements, all brought together superbly in front of nearly 10,000 patrons.

The 200 voice “Christmas Gift Massed Choir” under the direction of BHC Music Director Andrew Wailes were a central part of the show, and gave fantastic performances in no less than 15 items. The choir featured singers from Box Hill Chorale, The Australian Children’s Choir, the Sydney and Melbourne Staff Songsters, Melbourne University Choral Society, and the Melbourne Contemporary Choir.

The choirs were joined by the magnificent Melbourne Staff Band and Salvo Big Band, who provided fantastic accompaniment to a stellar line up including the one and only Silvie Paladino, and guest soloists including the divine harpist and vocalist Alana Conway, pop sensation Isaiah Firebrace, and the amazing jazz legend James Morrison, who blew the roof off the room with some virtuosic trumpet playing!

They were joined by a huge cast of singers, dancers, acrobats and actors, as well as an amazing cast of live animals. Magnificent horses delivered Silvie Paladino in her “royal” carriage at the start of the show, three majestic camels delivered the Magi, and sheep, goats and even a humble little donkey all featured in the spectacular re-telling of the Christmas story.

It was a huge thrill for Box Hill Chorale’s singers to be part of such an amazing production.

Sunday 21 October 2018

Whitehorse Centre 

“Whitehorse Festival”

Box Hill Chorale, accompanied by Gillian McNaughton and conducted by Andrew Wailes enjoyed performing in front of a large crowd on the main stage at the 2018 Whitehorse Festival on Sunday afternoon. Bright sunshine, lots of color and excitement and huge crowds made for a spectacular day for those who attended.


Sunday 19 August 2018

Deakin Edge, Federation Square

Carissimi’s “Jepthe”

BHC members performed Lotti’s ‘Crucifixus’ and Carissimi’s ‘Jephte’ as part of  the RMP Oratorio Festival Choir at the 12th RMP Aria. They were joined by RMP strings,  soloists Kate Macfarlane , Max Riebl, Brenton Spiteri and Nicholas Dinopoulos,  conducted by Andrew Wailes.

Congratulations to Cairns born / Brisbane based soprano Cassandra Wright who was named winner of the 2018 RMP Aria for her glorious performances of arias from Haydn’s ‘Die Shöpfung’ and Handel’s Messiah.  Runner up of this year’s RMP Aria was Melbourne-born baritone Christian Smith, who impressed with his commanding performances of arias from Handel’s ‘Acis and Galatea’ and Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’. Melbourne mezzo-soprano Shakira Tsindos was the third place winner, with her moving renditions of Rossini, Handel and Saint-Saëns. Adelaide soprano Karina Bligh was named the recipient of the 2018 Conductor’s Encouragement Award for her sparkling rendition of Mozart’s ‘Exultate Jubilate’. The audience was also treated to some excellent singing from Adelaide mezzo-soprano Charlotte Kelso, Brisbane-trained soprano Jane Magão, and Perth-based soprano Brianna Louwen.

Sunday 17 June 2018

Box Hill Salvation Army Citadel  2pm 

“Melbourne Staff Band in Concert with Box Hill Chorale”

Fresh from the success of our concert of music from Vienna’s Imperial Chapel at Box Hill Town Hall, the Box Hill Chorale performed a pleasant Sunday afternoon concert on 17 June with our friends from the extremely talented Melbourne Staff Band of the Salvation Army.

BHC performed a number of short motets by composers including John Rutter, Howard Goodall, John Leavitt, Christopher Willcock and Leonard Bernstein.


Saturday 26 May 2018

Box Hill Town Hall at 7.30pm 

“Music from Vienna’s Imperial Court Chapel”





This concert will feature a magnificent selection of music from Vienna’s Imperial Court Chapel, by some of Austria’s finest composers, including the gloriousTe Deum No. 2 in C for Empress Marie Therese  (Hob.XXIIIc:2) by Joseph Haydn; W.A. Mozart’s sparkling Exultate Jubilate, and Laudate Dominum (from the Solemn Vespers of the Confessor), Joseph Leopold Eybler ‘s orchestral motet Cantate Domino, excerpts from Franz Schubert‘s beautiful Mass in G Major and Tantum Ergo,  the rarely-heard Benedicite Dominum in E major (MH 381) by Johann Michael Haydn, and more.
The concert will be held in the Box Hill Town Hall and will feature outstanding soloists.

Ticket includes light refreshments at the conclusion of the concert. 


Soprano Merlyn Quaife AO

F. J. Haydn Te Deum No. 2 in C (Hob.XXIIIc:2)
J.L. Eybler   Cantate Domino
W. A. Mozart Exultate Jubilate, Laudate Dominum, Ave verum corpus (K. 618)
J. M. Haydn Benedicite Dominum in E major (MH 381)
F. Schubert, Tantum Ergo, Mass in G Major (excerpts), and chamber works and motets by various composers.


Box Hill Chorale
Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra
Soloists: Merlyn Quaife AO (soprano)
James Emerson (baritone)
Sam Hartley (pianoforte)
Conductor: Andrew Wailes

Book online:

Baritone James Emerson

Dowload the concert flyer HERE 

To stay up to date, follow our Facebook page at


Sunday 25 March 2018

Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts, Ballarat at 2.30pm 

“Autumn Leaves”

For this special start to Box Hill Chorale’s 2018 season, we will be travelling to the historic goldrush City of Ballarat, and teaming up with the Ballarat Choral Society and the Ballarat Symphony Orchestra. The program will include some magnificent orchestral works, as well as the glorious Te Deum No. 2 in C  by Joseph Haydn; the rarely-heard Benedicite Dominum in E major by Michael Haydn, the spectacular motet O Clap Your Hands by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and much loved motets by  John Rutter. 

The concert will be held in the magnificent 8 million dollar Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts –  the splendid jewel in the crown for Ballarat performing arts. This recently completed Proscenium Arched Concert Hall boasts an acoustically superior Auditorium consisting of stalls seating and two balconies allowing unrestricted views from each of the 857 seats.


M. von Weber Der Freischȕtz Overture (Op. 77) 
Bizet Suite No. 1 from L’Arlésienne
Strauss, Jnr Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Op. 325)
Doppler Concerto for 2 flutes and strings (Op. 25)
J. Haydn Te Deum No. 2 in C (Hob.XXIIIc:2)
<strong>W. A. Mozart Ave verum corpus (K. 618)
Haydn Benedicite Dominum in E major (MH 381)
Vaughan Williams O Clap Your Hands 
J. Rutter  For the Beauty of the Earth


Box Hill Chorale
Ballarat Choral Society Ballarat Symphony Orchestra
Soloists: Madeleine and Chelsea Witham
Guest Conductor: Gyula Cseszkó
Chorus preparation: Andrew Wailes

Book at the WCPA Box Office or purchase at the door.
Phone bookings: 5338 0980

Dowload the A3 concert poster HERE or the A4 concert flyer HERE 

To stay up to date, follow our Facebook page at

Sunday 17 December 2017

Whitehorse Civic Centre, Nunawading 7pm 

“Whitehorse Carols”

Get into the Christmas spirit by singing along to your favourite carols on Sunday 17 December 2017 at the Whitehorse Civic Centre precinct, 379-397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading. Santa Claus is coming to town and so will a host of wonderful performers including the Box Hill Chorale who will  be performing on the main stage.

Santa and his elves will be available from 4.30pm for photos before he is whisked away on his around the world sleigh trip!

To stay up to date on all things Whitehorse Festival Season, follow our Facebook page at

Free admission 


Saturday 2 December

Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
3.00pm and 8.00pm

“Our Christmas Gift”

Presented by The Salvation Army, Our Christmas Gift, is in its eighth year, and once again this year will be presented in Melbourne’s premier concert venue, Hamer Hall. Box Hill Chorale will form part of the Christmas Gift Choir, along with the Melbourne Staff Songsters and Melbourne University Choral Society, under the direction of Andrew Wailes.

Major artists this year will be the one and only Silvie Paladino, Sally Cameron, Nathan Lay, Imogen Spendlove and Anna McGahan. The professional artists are supported by the Salvation Army’s finest musicians along with  performers from the 3D Arts Company and the Christmas Gift Choir. The Choir plays a central part of the concert, being featured in solo items as well as backing the major artists.

More information about the event:

Promo video:

Join the Facebook event:


Sunday 15 October 

1.50 pm Main Stage,

Whitehorse Civic Centre, Nunawading

“Whitehorse Spring Festival”

Celebrate all the fun, fabulous and quirky talents that make Whitehorse great! Enjoy rides, activities, live music, face painting, interactive workshops, roving performers and the opportunity to engage with the many community groups participating on the day, including Box Hill Chorale who will present a half hour long performance on the main stage at 1.50pm!

Colourful flags and bunting will set the scene for a ‘village fair’ inspired spectacular featuring demonstrations, dog show, circus trapeze, crazy home-grown vegetable display, hat parade and a variety of activities and entertainment to match. The ‘New Joneses’ tiny house will form the centrepiece of the Council services hub, with picnic area and vintage style games area will delight guests young and old.

Free admission.

Stay tuned for more information on what’s on!

Facebook event:

Sunday 1 October 2017, at 3.30pm

St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral
8 Myers St, Bendigo

“Sacred Songs”

Five Mystical Songs
and short motets and anthems by Henry Purcell,
Howard Goodall, John Rutter, Karl Jenkins,
Charles Wood, Edward Elgar, Peter Hurford,
Samuel Sebastian Wesley, Guiseppe Otavio Pitoni,
and Gabriel Faure.
Christian Smith baritone
Box Hill Chorale and members of Melbourne University Choral Society
Accompanied by Dean Sky Lucas, and Evan Cresswell
Conducted by Andrew Wailes

Tickets via Trybooking



Saturday 29th April 2017 at 7pm

‘When Broadway meets Britain’

Box Hill Salvation Army

17 Nelson Rd Box Hill Vic 3128

Premium tickets $15.00 Concessions $10.00

Book tickets online:







Our Christmas Gift 

(presented by The Salvation Army)

Saturday 26 November, 2016 Hamer Hall, Arts Centre, Melbourne


(Matinee) 3pm – 5pm, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre, Melbourne

(Evening) 8pm – 10pm, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre, Melbourne

Two spectacular Christmas concerts at Hamer Hall, featuring a superb line up of musical talent including the Melbourne Staff Band conducted by Ken Waterworth, The Christmas Gift Massed Choir with Box Hill Chorale, Melbourne University Choral Society and Melbourne Staff Songsters conducted by Andrew Wailes, with leading stars of stage and screen as soloists: the wonderful Silvie Paladino, jazz vocalist Deborah O’Toole,  poet and actor Cameron Semmens, and tenor Kane Alexander, along with a few other surprises.


Tickets available 17 October or call 1300 182 183 $20 (concession $15)



 Silvie cropped AW cropped  ken-waterworth-uniform


Hamer Hall, Victorian Arts Centre





 “VIVA VERISMO!” Masters of Italian Opera In Concert

Saturday 17 September, 2016 at 8pm
 St Paul’s Cathedral
(opposite Flinders St Station and Fed Square)

VERDI Overture La forza del destino
DONIZETTI Chorus of the Wedding Guests  (Lucia di lammermoor)
LEONCAVALLO Bell Chorus (I Pagliacci)
MASCAGNI  Intermezzo & Easter Hymn (Cavalleria Rusticana)
PUCCINI Vissi d’arte (Tosca) and  Messa di Gloria

Featuring a combined choir and orchestra of over 150 musicians with superb soloists
Naomi Summers (soprano), Tomas Dalton (tenor), baritone (TBA)
Box Hill Chorale
Monash Chorale
Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir
Orchestra Verismo
Conducted by Andrew Wailes and Gyula Cseszkó

Saturday 17 September 2016 at 8pm
St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne

Booking via Trybooking:

Andrew Wailes photographed by Ken Pryor 2012 cropped smallTomas Dalton headshot cropped 10x13  Monash Chorale ConductorNaomi Summers Colour cropped














douglas-kelly headshotTIMOTHY-NEWTON-PIC-BWcroppedSARAH-AMPIL-PIC-BW cropped

Saturday 14 May, 2016 at 7.30pm
All Saint’s Anglican Church, East St Kilda
(opposite the Astor Theatre)






Box Hill Chorale
Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra
Sarah Ampil, soprano
Douglas Kelly, tenor
Timothy Newton, baritone
Andrew Wailes, conductor



The Creation was written between 1797 and 1798 by Joseph Haydn (Hob. XXI:2), and is considered by many to be his masterpiece. The oratorio depicts and celebrates the creation of the world as described in the Book of Genesis and Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost.

It is scored for soprano, tenor and bass soloists (the soloists representing the archangels Gabriel, Uriel, and Raphael, in Part III Adam and Eve), chorus and a symphonic orchestra, and is structured in three parts. Full of superb orchestral writing, exciting choruses and intensely beautiful arias, the work is one of the most loved of all oratorios and provides many wonderful highlights, including The Representation of Chaos, With Verdure Clad, Awake the Harp, The Heaven’s are Telling, The Lord is Great, Achieved is the Glorious Work, Graceful Consort, Sing the Lord Ye Voices All and many more.

Join over 100 orchestral and choral musicians at this full-scale performance, conducted by one of Australia’s leading oratorio conductors.



Bookings via