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Each year River City Voices produces and presents three curated performance projects under the title of

Luscious - choral blockbusters and lesser known works of stunning artistic integrity and beauty, often featuring Australian composers

Local - programs that feature collaborations with local arts organisations and artists, telling local stories or showcasing local history, or engaging locals as participants

Brave - programs that push the boundaries, particularly what's expected of a choir or choral repertoire

In addition to these projects, River City Voices runs in-person and online workshops, fundraising activities, and is regularly engaged to perform in other concert programs and events - even the odd commercial and Christmas carol gig !

Blue Sky Country Christmas

8 December 2023  | St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta

This project brought together the sheer power of a symphonic choir with the visionary talents of Indigenous composers Marlene Cummins, Gavi Duncan, Tim Gray, Nicole Smede, Chris Sainsbury and Elizabeth Sheppard. Reshaping classical music norms with profoundly evocative compositions and a new perspective for those who appreciate traditional Christmas carols.

Open House Weekend

21/22 October 2023  | Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House

Under the expert baton of Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith, RCV was the only choir engaged to entertain members of the public as they toured the various Opera House venues as part of SOH's 50th birthday year-long celebrations.

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Next Workshop...
Learn to Read Music:
Absolute Beginners

This interactive one-day workshop offers a unique opportunity for absolute beginners to learn to read music in a fun and supportive environment.

Led by experienced music teacher and River City Voices tenor, Gabriel Newman, you'll discover the basic skills and know-how to turn dots and lines on a page into vocal sounds and rhythms with a solid foundation to continue your musical journey with confidence.

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Human Waves

9 September 2023 | Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House

RCV was invited and honoured to perform with the SPC Festival Chorus as a featured choir in Sydney Philharmonia Choirs sold out concert premiering this large commissioned work by Elena Kats-Chernin - a wonderfully open set of portraits of immigrants settling in Australia from the late 1800s to 1980s.

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Sing, Swingle & Schmooze

17 August 2023  | Discovery Space, PHIVE

Taking over the basement of Parramatta’s iconic civic building PHIVE and MC'd by ABC Jazz Radio's effervescent Monica Trapaga and band, guests were transported into a 1950s style lounge room for a fundraising evening with a difference! Cocktails, canapes, a silent auction, prizes, photo booth and a special 50’s inspired performance by River City Voices.

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Lux Aeterna & Nocturnes

4 May 2023  | St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta

Composers through the ages have been drawn to write music about light, about seeing it, feeling it, and receiving it, in physical, emotional, and spiritual terms. And award-winning American composer Morten Lauridsen is no exception with this concert premiering his work Lux Aeterna in Parramatta in his 80th year.

Cancelled in May 2020 due to COVID, the choir made a virtual recording of “Sure on This Shining Night” (Nocturnes) released for Christmas that year.

This program also features works by talented Australian composer Alice Chance.


Super Critical Mass Parramatta

Feb/March 2023  | Parramatta Gaol

Comprising three workshops and a free public performance, ParraSocial was a ground-breaking immersive, site-specific sound/voice performance project that connected people of all ages and abilities post COVID, to create, interact and experiment with their voice in a liberating way within the culturally significant historic environment of Parramatta Gaol. Project conceiver and artist, Julian Day, has led iterations of Super Critical Mass throughout the world and Australia.

Slam Messiah

16 December 2022  | Riverside Theatres Parramatta

Handel’s Messiah originated from a complex tapestry of politics, belief, and social justice; its story has spanned centuries and people. What better way to share its universal message to modern audiences than through the interpretive lens of dynamic young slam poets? Whether this is your first Messiah or your fiftieth, this newly conceived, world premiere chamber iteration by RCV Artistic Director, Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith, is one that we hope will become a western Sydney tradition.

RCV would also like to acknowledge the 16 choristers who came on board at short notice due to a COVID and Influenza A outbreak - you quite literally saved the show!

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From The Steps - Voices at Dusk

27 October 2022  | Forecourt | Sydney Opera House

Curated by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs Artistic Director Brett Weymark OAM, this program performed on the Monumental Steps opened the year-long Sydney Opera House 50th birthday celebrations. One of only 11 participating choirs from across Sydney performing over the 10 nights, River City Voices presented a 30 minute program featuring Australian composers, and invited talented choristers from across western Sydney to join in this one-in-a-lifetime experience, and audience members too!

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What the World Needs EP features:

Country/new-folk musician Jerrah Patson

Romantic-pop artist Sienna Acquaro

Expressionistic new-folk songwriter/guitarist Nina Gotsis Pop ballad writer extraordinaire Clare Brown

Glossy electronic artist Charbel Nehme

Keyboard connoisseur Jonathan Yung and Musicians/mentors Sam Worrad and Pasko Schravemade.

River City Voices

Welded Voices

Imagine being a choir and you’re banned from singing
together due to COVID-19! What do you do? You collaborate with a local organisation with innovative, like-minded projects to share experience, talent and resources and make a digital recording !

Providing a veritable lifeline, this project supported RCV's Artistic Director Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith to arrange six Club Weld musicians' original songs for choir, rehearse choristers in a myriad of ways, together record a mammoth 270 tracks (43 choristers two at a time due to restrictions) and to fund expert editing and mixing by Chris Hamer-Smith. The EP was launched on 11 June at a Listening Party hosted by A.C.E.





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Welded Voices extended beyond the funded grant activities to include:

Open Rehearsal
22 May 2021  | BankWest Stadium, Parramatta

Between two bouts of lockdown, a limited number of guests heard RCV choristers join forces for the first time with singer/songwriter Jerrah Patston and guitarist/collaborator Sam Worrad to rehearse Sarah Penicka-Smith's new arrangement of Jerrah's song "Rain is Falling".

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Performance - What the World Needs
11 September 2022  | The Granville Centre

This unique premiere performance showcased all the hard work achieved throughout the Welded Voices project and endurance of RCV and ACE staff, choristers and artists.

The project also captured the imagination of the ABC's Art Works program who filmed and produced a story featuring Club Weld, attending and filming one of RCV's rehearsals with artists Sienna Acquaro, Nina Gotsis and Charbel Nehme, and RCV's concert. [Series 2, Episode 30 [14:46] - you'll need an ABC IView account).

An outstanding finale to an incredible collaborative project.


August 2022  | National Advertisement

River City Voices, aka "the Croc Choir", was selected to appear in its quirky new national advertising campaign for online shopping, cited as representing the "face of Australia" !

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Blackheath Choir Festival
27/28 August 2022  | Blackheath, Blue Mountains

River City Voices choristers joined 46 choirs from across Sydney for the first post-COVID, long-awaited choir festival return to the calendar.

Reprising songs commissioned from  Australian composers Troy Russell (The Chant), Elizabeth Sheppard (Gandangarragal), and Club Weld singer/songwriter Clare Brown's beautiful work What the World Needs, River City Voices performed in the Saturday evening concert.

RCV's own Sarah Penicka-Smith, curated and conducted the program for the Festival Choir Finale performance - again another program of outstanding Australian composers, with River City Voices choristers participating as a whole choir and hosting a joint rehearsal in Parramatta!

Songs of Destiny

22 May 2022  | Riverside Theatres Parramatta

In its first major event since COVID hit, River City Voices returned to the local stage with the full force of the Willoughby Symphony and Willoughby Symphony Choir

scaling the heights of heaven with Johannes Brahms’ rarely heard “Song of Destiny” (Schicksalslied), and thrilling to the anger of the Gods in his “Song of the Fates” (Gesang der Parzen). 

And after numerous cancellations, RCV proudly presented the world Premiere performances of its specially commissioned choral works by local Indigenous composers Troy Russell (The Chant) and Elizabeth Sheppard (Gandangarragal:Blue Mountains Dreaming).

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