Women sing for peace at new home

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CANBERRA choir A Chorus of Women will fill the space of its new home at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture with a Christmas concert on the theme ‘Peace on Earth – Peace with the Earth’.

A Chorus of Women outside  the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
A Chorus of Women outside the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture

Joined by some of Canberra’s top singers and instrumentalists, Margaret Sim, Angela Giblin, Jenny Sawer, Sarah Berger-Alexander and Julia Wee Rowan Harvey-Martin, the group will sing selections from A Passion for Peace by Glenda Cloughley and “Christmas 1914”.

The second half, timed to coincide with the conclusion of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, recalls favourite music from 12 years of songwriting for peace and care for the earth by Chorus women Johanna McBride, Judith Clingan, Janet Salisbury, Meg Rigby and Cloughley.

Chorus musical director McBride says the concert, with 50 singers and instrumentalists, is the first since the Chorus took up residence on the edge of the Parliamentary Triangle at the ACC&C, appropriately the Canberra campus of Charles Sturt University.

“It’s wonderful to have this home where we are cherished by such significant cultural institutions for the independent Citizens’ Chorus role we have been singing up in our original productions and songs for nearly 14 years,” McBride says.

“The formal agreement we signed with ACC&C Executive Director Professor Stephen Pickard respects our non-affiliation with any religion or political group and encourages us to continue our skilled use of the arts to engage the community in public policy dilemmas by portraying the ethical dimensions of issues and foretelling the human consequences of decisions.”

‘Peace on Earth – Peace with the Earth’, A Chorus of Women at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture Saturday, 15 Kings Ave & Blackall St, Barton, 4.30pm, December 12, bookings to trybooking.com tickets at the door.

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