About Brisbane Chorale


Our Vision

To be one of Australia’s premier symphonic choirs.

Our Mission

To provide lovers of fine music the opportunity to experience high quality choral music at an exceptional level for the benefit of the wider community.


Our Story

Brisbane Chorale is a symphonic choir of over 100 voices based in Queensland, Australia, with a reputation for excellence in choral performance. Since its beginnings in 1983 as a new force in choral music, emerging from the amalgamation and expansion of existing choirs at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, the Brisbane Chorale has made its mark in the cultural landscape of Brisbane, Queensland and Australia. Its journey has been a story of many explorations of repertoire, events, and collaborations.

The Brisbane Chorale regularly performs with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and other major orchestras, choirs, performance organisations and festivals. Over many years the Brisbane Chorale has participated in the Queensland Pops Orchestra’s Best of British concerts, the 4MBS Festival of Classics, and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Spirit of Christmas concerts. The Brisbane Chorale has performed Australian premieres, commissioned works from Australian composers and recorded works for Move Records and ABC Classics. Its repertoire is broad and extensive, and includes both the great choral works of classical music and more contemporary works. Highlights have included the world premiere of Elena Kats-Chernin’s Symphonia Eluvium, a reflection of the Queensland floods, for the 2011 Brisbane Festival, Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring in 2012, and the Dr Who Symphonic Spectacular presented by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and BBC in 2014.

Today, the Brisbane Chorale is a popular fixture in the music calendar of the city, and beyond, that enjoys bringing the joy, wonder and beauty of great choral works by composers past and present to audiences.

The Brisbane Chorale also greatly appreciates and takes pride in maintaining its strong links with the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.

Read more of our story in Brisbane Chorale – Our Journey.

Our Strategic Direction

For more than 30 years the Brisbane Chorale has seen several major phases of strategic development, including the establishment of the Brisbane Chorale as a community choir by the Queensland Conservatorium and our growth towards incorporation as Brisbane Chorale Inc. in 1997. Our strategic direction has focused on our product, the Brisbane Chorale symphonic choir, maintaining mutually beneficial associations with the Queensland Conservatorium and key performance partners and perfecting what we are.

The world of classical music entertainment is changing. It is important we prepare for this changing environment and that our future direction, strategies and programmes of Brisbane Chorale Inc. be carefully considered and changes put in place to address the requirements of the market place for our product, the Brisbane Chorale.

Our strategic priorities involve enriching our community, strengthening financial sustainability, having inspired artistic planning, dynamic rehearsals and operations, reconfigured governance structures and penetrating new markets.

Find full details of our strategic directions in the Brisbane Chorale Inc. Strategic Plan 2014 – 2018


Our Core Values

Brisbane Chorale Core Values

We believe our experience with the Brisbane Chorale should be joyful. We enjoy the health benefits of choral singing. We have fun while maintaining the quality of our music.

We embrace the highest levels of artistic expression and professionalism. We encourage choristers to stretch their boundaries and creativity. We are committed to supporting and inspiring choral singers. We believe that our professionalism is vital to maintaining a robust and prosperous arts community.

We inspire people of all ages to develop an appreciation for the choral arts. We provide educational enrichment for the people we touch. We collaborate with other arts organisations to provide our audiences with extraordinary musical experiences.

Social engagement
We enjoy the regular contact with people who share our passion for choral singing. We value the joy, teamwork, support and friendships it brings. We share our joy of choral singing with our families and friends and provide them with opportunities to be involved. We enrich our community and those who support us. We believe that choral singing can bring about positive social change and well-being.

We share commitment to the Brisbane Chorale and plan for a sustainable association that uses our collective intelligence. We value sound Organizational governance, operational efficiency and fiscal discipline.

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Celebrating 25 Years: A Message from Roy Wales

In 2008 the Brisbane Chorale turned 25 years old. At the anniversary celebration in October 2008 a video message from Dr Roy Wales, founder and inaugural Director of the Brisbane Chorale, was played to the assembled company.

Read a transcript of Dr Wales’ speech.