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Kaleidoscope: songs from colourful cultures

Posted by Kirsten on August 30, 2017 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The Resonants sing –in their original languages– traditional songs from countries as far flung as China, Japan, Hungary, France, Samoa, North America, Cyprus, and even a Swahili song featured in the video game Civilization IV!

The Resonants are an award-winning Canberra choir, directed by Helen Swan, who celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2015. Come along and celebrate the diversity of choral singing across the world.

Date: Saturday 16 September 2017

Drinks from 5:30pm, concert at 6pm

Location: Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen

Tickets: Adults $25, Concession $20, Child $10, Family $60 (tickets available online or at the door)

Shining night

Posted by Kirsten on June 15, 2017 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (1)

The Resonants present... a selection of contemporary American choral music by Eric Whitacre, Samuel Barber, Morten Lauridsen, and more. The Resonants are an award-winning Canberra choir, directed by Helen Swan, who celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2015. Come along and enjoy some beautiful choral music... because some things from America have always been great.

Date: Saturday 24 June

Time: 6pm

Location: Canberra Girls' Grammar School Chapel, Melbourne Avenue, Deakin

Tickets: Adults $25, Concession $20, Child $10, Family $60 (tickets available online or at the door)

Family Christmas concert

Posted by Kirsten on November 7, 2016 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (1)

The Resonants, directed by Helen Swan, present a family Christmas concert of carols and folk songs.

3pm Sunday 27 November 2016

Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen ACT

Tickets available online or at the door

$25 adult, $20 concession, $10 child, $60 family

Home grown - Exciting new choral music by Canberra composers

Posted by Kirsten on August 5, 2016 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The program has been finalised and comprises diverse works by Caleb Campbell, Jenna Cave, Ben Cooper, Kirsten Duncan, Veronika Ferfolja, Sally Greenaway, Kenneth Lampl, Stephen Leek, Jon Nielsen, Louise Underwood, Sally Whitwell and Thea Zimpel.

Come along and support musical talent in Canberra at our concert on 3 September!

Selection of pieces for 'Home grown' is underway

Posted by Kirsten on May 23, 2016 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The Resonants received a sheaf of compositions from Resos, former-Resos and other Canberra musicians. Helen and the committee are now considering all the submissions and selecting those suitable for our September program. We'll be announcing the selection shortly so stay tuned!

Call for submissions of 'home grown' music

Posted by Kirsten on April 8, 2016 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Calling all Resos, former-Resos and friends of Resos

The Resonants are performing a ‘home grown’ concert on Saturday 3 September 2016 in the Great Hall, University House at the Australian National University.

This ‘home grown’ concert will present compositions from local Canberra composers, as well as current and former Resonants singers.

As a former-Reso or friend of The Resonants, you are invited to submit a composition for the choir to sing at this concert in September.

Your composition can be a finished work, published or unpublished, or a work in progress that can be considered by Helen Swan, Music Director, and which must then be completed by the end of May 2016. Works of any choral style will be considered but should preferably be for minimum three voice parts, a cappella or with minimal instrumental accompaniment. They must not infringe copyright for either music or text, and there must be no impediment to The Resonants performing the piece in September. Manuscripts must be legibly scored and presented either by hand or in notation software, and can be submitted either as PDF file or hardcopy for consideration.

Please include a brief description of your piece to help Helen to understand and interpret your music. These notes may be used later in program notes. Please send your compositions together with your contact details to Helen or 21 Prescott St Farrer ACT 2607 by 30 April 2016. Helen will consider all submissions in the context of the concert program, and final selections will be made by Helen and the committee. You will be notified in early May about whether or not your piece has been selected for performance and can then negotiate supply of copies for commencement of rehearsals in late May.

Don’t be daunted! This is a rare opportunity for amateur/emerging composers (or perhaps established composers who don’t have a choir on tap) to have their work performed, so we’d love to hear from you. We look forward to performing an exciting program of never-before-heard locally-composed works in September!

The Resonants Committee

Music from the movies

Posted by Kirsten on April 7, 2016 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The Resonants present 'Music from the movies'

A fun family concert of cinematic favourites including music from 'Good Morning, Vietnam', 'Breakfast at Tiffany's', 'The Mission', 'Frozen', 'Avatar' and many more.

Drinks from 5.30pm, Concert starts at 6pm

Saturday 21 May 2016

Main Hall, Ainslie Arts Centre
Elouera Street, Braddon ACT 2612

Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite or phone Ainslie Arts Centre on 6182 0000 from Friday 22 April onwards. 
Adult: $35, Concession: $25, Child: $10, Family: $80

'Resonance' audio track on

Posted by Kirsten on March 9, 2016 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

You can now hear Sally Greenaway's piece 'Resonance' right here on our own website.

'Resonance' audio track on SoundCloud

Posted by Kirsten on March 8, 2016 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The audio track of Sally Greenaway's lovely piece 'Resonance', composed for our 25th anniversary is now online at Sally's SoundCloud page. Thanks to ArtSound FM for recording the premiere performance at our celebratory concert in November 2015.

'Resonance' lyrics

Posted by Kirsten on November 15, 2015 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Many people have asked to read the lyrics for Sally Greenaway's piece 'Resonance', so here they are.

‘Resonance’ by Sally Greenaway

Lyrics adapted from ‘The power of song’ by Kirsten Duncan


A sound begins deep inside.

Softly, shyly, sound emerges,

Whisp’ring, wafting, set adrift...

Fragile ember floating on warm breath

Into the void.


A note so intimate

It carries the self into the unknown.

A spark, the embers combining,

Nurturing the passion to sing.

Voices entwining,

Notes string into melody,

Creative humanity,

Aching beauty,

The magic of harmony speaks ‘cross all divides.

The universal joy,

The power of song.