About Us


Hummingsong Choirs are a network of women’s a cappella choirs, with over 400 members situated in six different locations on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and North Shore. Anna Humberstone is the Founder and Artistic Director who works alongside three other passionate conductors. These choirs offer women a vibrant opportunity to sing for fun and nourish their souls.

Non-audtioned and non-exclusive, these wonderful musical communities sing, laugh and grow together. We don’t compete, but we do perform, throughout the year. These performances can be at local venues, festivals, care homes and once a year, all of our choirs come together to participate in our annual concert (see What’s On for details on our 2018 concert). Hummingsong Choirs are committed to raising awareness and funds for women and children escaping domestic violence and it is through these events that we raise money for the charities that we support. In recent years we have raised over $100,000 for local women’s refuges. We are passionate about supporting the prevention of domestic violence and those affected by it.  Learn more about our fundraising here: Fundraising for Charity

OUR MEMBERS

All of our Hummingsong choirs, are community choirs and we never forget that word – community – is also the most important. We make the best music that we can, but always make sure that we are having fun and enjoying one another’s company more than anything else. Aside from singing being a great way to make friends and join a community, it’s also been scientifically proven to improve your health and well-being.

Whilst many of our members have dabbled in music all their lives in some capacity, others have embraced singing for the first time by joining one of our choirs. Reading music is not necessary because music can be learned by ear. The choir is open to all adults and experiences. Our choirs are non-auditioned.

We currently have over 400 keen singers across all of our choirs and numbers continuing to grow. The weekly sing has become the high point of the week for many members.

CONDUCTORS

Our amazing conductors are highly qualified music educators who are dynamic and passionate about Hummingsong. They bring years of experience and limitless energy to their choirs.

Read more about our individual conductors here: Meet Our Team

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.

Samples of all parts together practice tracks

Samples of individual parts practice tracks

About our music

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.

Our music resources

Members are given access to practice tracks of their music and sheet music. Recordings are incredibly helpful for learning the repertoire aurally.  They have the option of listening to:

  • all the vocal parts of a piece together as it would sound or
  • just their own vocal part with the other parts softly in the background.

Many members have commented that this is one of the big attractions to singing in our choir because they don’t have to be able to read music!

Examples of practice tracks our members learn from:

Here is just a selection of a few pieces in our repertoire to give you an idea of some of the styles of music we cover. There are plenty more not here! This is not the the choir performing but the rehearsal tracks provided with one voice on each part. 

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. Click here to see when we are performing: What’s On

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