Based in Winthrop Hall at the University of Western Australia, we are a Perth-based amateur choir that operates with a professional approach. Since our establishment in 1931, we have concentrated on performing significant classical works with professional conductors and musicians. We support local talent and enjoy collaborating with other musical groups.

Our mission is to study, practise and perform choral music of all styles both on the University of Western Australia campus and at other venues.

Our Values

To create a friendly and inclusive environment in which choristers are respected and supported;

To carry out the Society’s Values & Vision objectives within the University, and the community at large, in a professional manner; and

To provide Members with the opportunity to:

  • develop musical skills
  • be introduced to a variety of music styles
  • enjoy singing as part of a large group

Our Vision

To continue developing the repertoire of music to be performed, whilst striving to develop and maintain high standards of performance;

To engage professional and emerging composers, artists, orchestras and conductors for the purpose of furthering the Society’s aims;

To attract and develop new choir members;

To engage new audience members; and

To support students of music at UWA, particularly in choral studies.

About us

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, Christopher Van Tuinen and currently Kristin Bowtell , 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,Brahms’ German Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Verdi’s Requiem, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, St Matthew Passion, Magnificat 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.

In 2021, UWACS celebrated 90 years of singing on the UWA campus.

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Our Committee

The members of the committee are elected annually at the AGM.

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Our Accompanist

Irene Shaw has been the accompanist for UWACS since 2005.

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Patron & Life Members

We are grateful for the support of our Patron, Hon Robert French AC, and our Life Members.

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