Past Events





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



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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.


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co-presented by Box Hill Chorale and Monash Chorale



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

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Monash Chorale Conductor





Our Christmas Gift Concerts 2015

(presented by The Salvation Army)

Saturday 28 November, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre, Melbourne


(Matinee) 2.30pm -4.30pm, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre, Melbourne

(Evening) 7.30pm – 9.30pm, 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 and tenor David Hobson, The Voice star Fatai, and celebrated Jazz singer Emma Pask, along with a few other surprises.








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Hamer Hall, Victorian Arts Centre

Box Hill Chorale presents a grand variety concert, featuring outstanding talent from within the City of Whitehorse and the surrounding area.

Featuring over 250 performers from bands, choirs and orchestras including:

The Australian Children’s Choir (Andrew Wailes)

The Box Hill City Band (Simon Brown)

The Melbourne Chinese Choir (Emily Xiao Wang)

Box Hill Chorale (Andrew Wailes)

Zelman Symphony Orchestra (Mark Shiel)

A concert to raise awareness of local community music-making, and raise much needed funds for the Box Hill Hospital.

Saturday 1st August 2015 at 5pm

Box Hill Town Hall

1022 Whitehorse Road Box Hill 3128

Tickets: $35.00 – Concession $30.00

Ticket includes free entry to a Silent Auction, Lower Town Hall. Come early and place a bid. Auction closes 30 minutes after the concert.

Devonshire Teas and light Refreshments available from 11am, during and after the concert in the Lower Town Hall.


Online Bookings:


Enquiries: Susan Braybrook 98080218

Sunday 26 July 2015

Melbourne Town Hall.

Verdi’s Messa da Requiem


Box Hill Chorale performed the magnificent Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi in association with The Star Chorale and Zelman Symphony Orchestra.


Daria Masiero, soprano

Dominica Matthews, mezzo soprano

Henry Choo, tenor

Joshua Bloom, baritone

Jane Elton-Brown OAM, conductor

Italy’s great hero and poet, Alessandro Manzoni, died in 1873. Verdi, who shared with Manzoni a strong desire for the unification of the Italian states, composed his Requiem for performance in Milan on the first anniversary of Manzoni’s death. Subsequent performances in Paris, London and Vienna received triumphal acclaim and the work’s popularity was assured.

Often described as “Verdi’s greatest opera”, it is an expansive yet tightly-knit musical masterpiece, with melodies and rhythms binding together the various movements into a complete and monumental experience.

The Star Chorale, together with Box Hill Chorale and the Zelman Symphony Orchestra, will be performing this magnificent work at the Melbourne Town Hall, featuring soloists from Opera Australia.

Come and join us for this epic masterpiece!

ONLINE BOOKINGS via Trybooking. CLICK HERE for tickets.





Sunday 7th December 2014 at 7pm

Deakin Edge (formerly BMW Edge),
Federation Square, Melbourne

“Welcome to all the Pleasures – of Christmas!”

A concert celebrating Saint Cecilia, Patron Saint of Music, and the Christmas Season.

HENRY PURCELL “Welcome to all the Pleasures”  (Ode to Saint Cecilia)
NICHOLAS BUC “The Journey of the Wise Men”
GUSTAV HOLST: “St Paul Suite for Strings”
PETER WARLOCK “Capriol Suite”
and other works

Box Hill Chorale
Chamber Strings of Melbourne
Kooyong Chamber Players
Members of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra

Evan Cresswell, organ
Andrew Wailes conductor

For tickets, contact the Box Hill Chorale by email on:
or via Trybooking:

For a copy of the concert flyer, click Here.


Saturday 29 November 2014 2:30pm & 7:30pm

Hamer Hall, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne


Hamer Hall, Victorian Arts Centre

Our Christmas Gift Concert Spectacular presented by the Salvation Army


Box Hill Chorale were honoured to be invited to join the Staff Songsters of The Salvation Army, and Salvation Army singers from around Victoria in partnership at these two spectacular concerts presented by the Salvation Army in conjunction with the City of Melbourne and Salvos Stores. 

“Our Christmas Gift” was a family Christmas Concert Spectacular featuring carols, entertainment and music to bring the joy of Christmas to our wonderful community.

An impressive lineup of talent included music theatre diva Silvie Paladino, who was  joined on stage by such talented acts as popular vocalist Luke Kennedy, and other artists including:

Justin Michael Gall from ‘Compliments of Gus’, 

Principal soloists from theLondon Symphony Orchestra

Phillip Cobb (trumpet)

Peter Moore (trombone)

Wacky Entertainment

 The Salvation Army Staff Band

Box Hill Chorale

Salvation Army Staff Songsters and Christmas Gift Choir


Luke Kennedy sings O Holy Night

Sunday 22 June, 2014 at 5pm

Deakin Edge (formerly BMW Edge),
Federation Square, Melbourne


“Dido and Aeneas”

(Complete Opera in Concert)

Come Ye Sons of Art
Birthday ode composed for the birthday of Queen Mary,  1694

Purcell Songs

Box Hill Chorale
Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra
And a sensational cast of outstanding young soloists:
Cailin Howarth (Dido) mezzo soprano
Belinda Dalton (Belinda) soprano
Erika Tandiono (Second Woman) soprano
Jacob Lawrence (Aeneas / Trojan Prince) tenor
Anasttasia Bickel (Sorceress)  mezzo soprano
Emily Barber (First Witch) mezzo soprano
Anna Dyer (Second Witch / Principal Chorus Alto) mezzo soprano
Hamish Gould (Mercury / Purcell Songs) counter tenor

Andrew Wailes (Second soloist in Come Ye Sons of Art) counter tenor
Daniel Thomson (First Sailor / Purcell Songs)  tenor
Leighton Triplow (Purcell Songs / Principal Chorus Tenor) tenor

Conducted by Andrew Wailes

For tickets, contact the Box Hill Chorale by email on:

or via Trybooking:

For a copy of the concert flyer, click Here.



Glorious Harmony – Music to inspire

Saturday 7 December 2013 at 7pm

A concert of sacred music for choir, organ and orchestra, and music for strings by composers including Vivaldi, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, SaintSaëns, Elgar, Sibelius, and Australian composer Christopher Willcock.

Box Hill Chorale in concert with
Chamber Strings of Melbourne,  Evan Cresswell (organ) and  soloists

Conducted by Andrew Wailes and James deRozario

Christ Church South Yarra
Cnr Punt Rd and Toorak Rd, South Yarra

Tickets: $35, $29 conc. $24 students, $16 under 16 yrs.

Bookings at:  Download a copy of the flyer HERE


Sing Your Own Oratorio at Deakin Edge
(formerly BMW Edge)

Sunday 11 August, 2013 at 7pm

Deakin Edge (formerly BMW Edge), Federation Square, Melbourne

VIVALDI “Gloria in D Major” performed as part of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic’s Sing Your Own Oratorio Day and RMP Aria Final
With RMP Aria Festival Choir and soloists, Accompanied by the Chamber Strings of Melbourne
and members of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Andrew Wailes


Sunday 25 August, 2013 at 3pm
Christ Church, South Yarra
(corner Punt Rd and Toorak Rd)

VIVALDI “Gloria in D Major”
HAYDN “Missa Brevis St Johannes de Deo”
with the Chamber Strings of Melbourne and soloists
and orchestral works by Vivaldi, Handel, Sibelius and others
Conducted by Andrew Wailes and James deRozario



















Saturday, 26th October from 12pm – 11pm.

Surrey Hills Music Festival

The festival is an exciting, all-inclusive, predominantly free to the community, music and food event, aiming to celebrate the rich talents of musicians and performers from Surrey Hills and beyond.

Box Hill Chorale is pleased to have been invited to share in the musical diversity and spirit of the community, and will present an afternoon performance as part of the Festival program.

Other acts will include folk, jazz, gospel, world, vocal and orchestral music. Further details to be advised.




Saturday, 15 December 2012, at 8pm
BMW Edge, Federation Square

Box Hill Chorale presented a magnificent concert of Christmas music, including the cantatas ‘The First Nowell’, and ‘Fantasia on Christmas Carols’ by Ralph Vaughan Williams, ‘Christmas Day’ and ‘Four Old Christmas Carols’ by Gustav Holst, and other works including Corelli’s famous Christmas Concerto, and other works for strings, organ, choir and soloists. Box Hill Chorale with Chamber Strings of Melbourne and members of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, and outstanding soloists soprano Lotte Betts-Dean and baritone Nathan Lay, conducted by Andrew Wailes.

For a concert flyer click HERE:



Holy Trinity Church, Surrey Hills

Saturday 27 October 2012, at 3.30pm
Holy Trinity Church,
177 Union Rd, Surrey Hills
  Hill Chorale was pleased to participate in a festival of local choirs at which it performed choral works inspired by the sea, including Stanford’s “Sailing at Dawn”, Woodward’s “Crossing the Bar”, Ireland’s “They that go down to the Sea in Ships” and highlights from Stanford’s Songs of The Sea.

For a festival flyer click HERE for page one: or HERE for page two.

Saturday, 20 October 2012, at 7.30pm Wangaratta Performing Arts Center

Presented by the acclaimed Legends of Brass, and featuring Box Hill Chorale, The Australian Children’s Choir, and Guest Soloists.
Brian Davies and Andrew Wailes conducting. Box Hill Chorale performed a selection of songs with a maritime theme in the first half of the concert, including selections from Stanford’s Songs of the Sea and other composers including John Ireland, H. Woodward , J. Barnby and others. After interval the choir performed the traditional “Last Night at the Proms” including favourites such as Parry’s Jerusalem, Holst’s I Vow to Thee My Country, Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory, and Arne’s Rule Britannia.

The Holy Trinity Cathedral, Wangaratta

Sunday, 21 October 2012, at 10am,
Holy Trinity Cathedral, Wangaratta
Morning Festival Service was performed at Wangaratta’s magnificent Holy Trinity Cathedral, with massed choirs, brass, organ and percussion. Box Hill Chorale performed the Eucharist Service Music by Michael Dudman, as well as motets, hymns and anthems by composers including John Rutter, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Howard Goodall. Conducted by Andrew Wailes.


Sunday, 21 October 2012, at 2pm, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Wangaratta

Box Hill Chorale, joined by the magnificent voices of The Australian Children’s Choir and the glorious Legends of Brass, performed an afternoon “Hymns of Praise” concert in the Holy Trinity Cathedral, including BBC style arrangements of favourite hymns through the ages. Glorious descants and thrilling fanfares lifted the roof off the Cathedral. Great hymns included Vaughan Williams’ coronation setting of The Old 100th; magnificent arrangements of All Creatures of Our God and King; Now Thank We all Our God; Patriotic Hymns such as I Vow to Thee, My Country and Jerusalem; and favourite hymns such as Love Divine; Guide Me Oh Thou Great Jehova; Abide With Me; Be Still My Soul; Praise My Soul the King of Heaven and more.

Faure Requiem RMP Aria 2012

FAURE REQUIEM (original 1893 version)
Sunday 29 July, 2012 at 7pm BMW Edge, Federation Square

Performed as part of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic’s RMP Oratorio Festival at BMW Edge, Federation Square. Box Hill Chorale and Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir joined with RMP Oratorio Festival Singers and Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Faure’s sublime choral masterpiece to a sell out crowd. With soloists Greta Bradman (sop), Nicholas Dinopoulos (baritone), Christopher Cook (organ), conducted by Andrew Wailes



Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre

Sunday 22nd April 2012 at 3.30pm
Performing Arts Centre, Xavier College, Barkers Rd, Kew
Dvorak’s great choral masterpiece was performed in conjunction with Camberwell Chorale and the Camerata Orchestra. With soloists Lee Abrahmsen (sop), Kerrie Bolton (mezzo), Roy Best (tenor), Gary Rowley (bass). Andrew Wailes Chorusmaster, Conducted by Douglas Heywood OAM.


BHC members on Tour in front of HMB Endeavour, Portland 2012

Saturday 10th March, 2012 at 2pm
Portland Baptist Church, Percy Street, Portland

As part of Music Glenelg’s Maritime Festival “It Started From the Sea”, Box Hill Chorale performed Stanford’s Songs of the Sea as part of a concert of Sea Shanties
and choral works inspired by our Colonial Maritime History. Also performing were the Vocal Consort, and the day included a three hour choral workshop with local choristers
from Portland and the surrounding region.
Accompanied by Evan Cresswell. Conducted by Andrew Wailes



VARIETY CONCERT (with the Chamber Strings of Melbourne).
A program of choral and orchestral miniatures, including music by Handel, Mozart, Britten, Vivaldi, Dvorak, and more. Conducted by Andrew Wailes and Stefan Cassomenos. September 2011, MLC Music Academy, Kew.

Mystical Songs – Rutter’s Requiem, Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs, and Stanford’s Evening Canticles, as well as music by Michael Head and Howard Goodall.
Box Hill Chorale with Members of Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, and soloist Michael Leighton Jones (baritone) and Samara Marinelli (soprano), Evan Cresswell (organ)
Conducted by Andrew Wailes. Saturday  7 May 2011, 8pm BMW Edge, Federation Square.

Beethoven’s 9th Symphony  (with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and massed choirs).
Beethoven’s great choral masterpice, with soloists Anita Watson (sop), Sally-Anne Russell (mezzo), Steve Davislim (ten) and Peter Rose (bass).  Chorus Masters Andrew Wailes and Jonathan Grieves Smith. Conducted by Douglas Boyd.  28 August, 2011, Melbourne Town Hall.

Cantique de Noël – A Concert of French Music for Christmas 
Works performed included including Saint Seans’ Oratorio de Noël (Christmas Oratorio) Charpentier Messe de Minuit pour Noël and music by Gounod, Faure and Adolphe Adam-   With Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Strings. Soloists: Stacey Alleaume (sop), Charlotte Betts-Dean  (sop), Nicholas Jones (ten), Kristian Gregory (bar), Evan Cresswell (org)
Conducted by Andrew Wailes Saturday 3 December 2011 8pm, BMW Edge, Federation Square.



Dvorak Stabat Mater  (with Australian Catholic University Choir & Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra). Jessica Aszodi (sop), Emily Bauer Jones (contralto), Roy Best (tenor), Hadleigh Adams (bass) conducted by Andrew Wailes. Central Hall, Australian Catholic University Fitzroy,  April 2010

Christopher Willcock’s Five Days Old and Nicholas Buc’s Journey of the Wise Men  and Mary Mackillop Mass
(with Melbourne University Choral Society  & Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra)
BMW Edge, Federation Square, December 2010



Nicholas Buc’s Mary MacKillop Mass and other works (with Australian Catholic University Choir & Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra).
Civic Hall Portland, Robert Helpman Theatre Mount Gambier (SA) and Central Hall, Fitzroy.  August 2009
Also sung as part of the Sunday Mass at St. Scholastica’s Catholic Church, Bennettswood, September 2009

Remembering The Masters (Purcell’s Te Deum, Haydn, Mendelssohn) – May 2009



A Christmas Journey – December, 2008

Discovery Choral Symphony (Melb Premiere at BMW Edge, Federation Square) – August, 2008

Discovery Choral Symphony – Dindy Vaughan (World Premiere – Civic Hall, Portland) – August, 2008

Schubertiade. A concert celebrating the great Franz Schubert, including performances of the Deutsche Messe (German Mass) D.872, Tantum Ergo in E flat D.962, Ellens dritter Gesang, Mass No. 2 in G Major D.167, Der Erlkonig, Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen D.343 and songs from Die Schone Mullerin. Emily Uhlrich (sop), Robert Macfarlane (ten), Laurence Miekle (baritone), Evan Cresswell (piano and organ), Royal Melbourne Philharmonuc Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Wailes.
Sunday 27 April 2008 at 7pm, Church of Saint Mary, Star-of-the-Sea, West Melbourne



A Concert of Carols and Christmas Music – December, 2007

Sing Unto the Lord – Mozart’ Coronation Mass and JS Bach’s Magnificat – September, 2007

Celebrations and Lamentations – May, 2007

Gala Concert – A Night of British (Portland) – March, 2007



Hodie: A Christmas Celebration in Song – December, 2006

Faure Requiem – October, 2006

A Night at the Opera – July, 2006

Handel’s Messiah – April, 2006