About Us

 Our community

Hummingsong Community Choirs are a network of a cappella choirs based in Sydney and one choir in Hilversum in The Netherlands. We currently have 6 women’s choirs located in different locations on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and North Shore and our first all male choir starting in Mosman on May 2 2017.

Vibrant

These choirs offer women a vibrant opportunity to make music for fun and nourish their souls. Non-auditioned and non-exclusive, these wonderful musical communities not only sing, laugh, and grow together.

 Giving back

Through performances they also raise funds to support women’s organisations, in particular women and children escaping domestic violence with over $100,000 being raised over the last 4 years for women’s refuges on the North Shore and Northern Beaches. Click here to read more about this.

Community focused

We are community choirs and never forget that the first word – community – is also the most important. We make the best music we can, but we always make sure we’re having fun and enjoying one another’s company more than anything else.

Hummingsong Community Choirs were established by Artistic Director Anna Humberstone in 2012. Anna works closely with 4 other experienced conductors who continue to inspire and generate dynamic singing communities of women. To read more about the Hummingsong Team click here.

 

What Hummingsong means to their singers…..

Hummingsong word art

Hummingsong on the radio

 

Our members

We currently have over 400 keen singers across all Hummingsong Choirs and numbers continuing to grow. The weekly sing has become the high point of the week for many members. While many of our members have dabbled in music all their lives in some capacity, others have embraced singing for the first time in our choirs.  Reading music is not necessary because music can be learned by ear.

Repertoire

Whatever kind of music you like, you’ll probably experience it in a Hummingsong Choir. Drawing from a wide range of styles, across the centuries, from rennaissance to soul and pop classics, through African spirituals to jazz standards. – there will be something for everyone.

Much of Hummingsong repertoire has been specially arranged or commissioned for the choir by our team and talented adventurous choir members giving us some unique music to perform.  Listen to a sample of our repertoire and see a list of existing repertoire by clicking here.

Performances

The concerts we put on include everything from family singalongs to collaborations with some of Australia’s biggest performing artists like The Idea of North, James Morrison, Darren Percival, B’Tutta Percussion, Lior & Christine Anu. Perform to delight your children, or to ignite your adrenal gland: a year in our choir opens you up to every possibility. To read our performance manifesto and to see a summary of upcoming performances for 2016 click here.

Learning music made easy

All music is available for download from our members area where you will have access to the following for each piece you learn:

  • Sheet music to print
  • Mp3 of all parts together
  • Mp3 of your part highlighted loudly with other parts softly in the background

Our members create CDs/playlists of their term’s repertoire which makes learning fun and easy at home or on the move.

Fees – and what you get!

Because we all have busy lives, you only need to commit to one term at a time, with the set fee of $200 per term (which could range from 9 to 11 rehearsals plus any performances we organise). Upon joining for the first time there is a one off joining fee of $20.   Your termly fee includes:

  • Your music
  • MP3 recordings (download and burn to CD or put on your MP3 player/iPod!)
  • Extra rehearsals throughout the term
  • And most importantly tea and biccies in our break

Fees are always paid in advance and are collected in the last two weeks of each term. Fees can either be paid in cash or EFT. Upon registering you will receive password access to the members area where there are further details on how to pay and access Hummingsong resources.

Members Area for Australian Choirs

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