Information for choristers

We hope to celebrate the return to choral singing with a fantastic experience for everyone.


Unless your choir has made other arrangements, registrations in 2022 take place in the RSL Hall immediately across the Govetts Leap Rd railway crossing (see the venue locations map) during the following times:

Friday             4.00pm – 7.30pm
Saturday        8.30am – 7.30pm
Sunday           8.30am – 3.00pm

Chorister hang-out space

The RSL Hall is also generally available for choristers to meet and hang out. There is a large covered outdoor area with plenty of outdoor seats as well as chairs inside the RSL itself. Free tea and coffee are available, and some alcoholic drinks can be purchased at very reasonable prices. Times open for this purpose are:

Friday                  4.00pm – 7.30pm
Saturday              8.30am – 9.00pm
Sunday              11.00am – 3.00pm
(Choirs are rehearsing in the RSL Hall on Sunday until 11.00am but the outside covered area is still open before 11am to meet and hang out.)

It is a matter of courtesy that hats, baseball caps and hoodies are not worn while inside the RSL Hall.

Box Office & discounted tickets for choristers

Discounted tickets will be available for choristers, one ticket per chorister per session, but only for those sessions that are not already sold out. To be sure of a seat, full-priced tickets should be purchased online (or for locals at Richardson & Wrench Blackheath). Some sessions may sell out before the Festival weekend.

Ticket prices are:

  • Concerts in Phillips Hall: Normal price $30, DISCOUNTED PRICE $20
  • Concerts in the Presbyterian Church: Normal price $20, DISCOUNTED PRICE $15
  • Jacinta Tobin Workshop in Phillips Hall: $10, children free
  • Concert at the Golf Club (9.30pm Saturday) FREE

Free access to other choirs in your session

Choristers can sit at the rear of your venue to listen to other choirs before and/or after your performance for free.

When you finish your performance, you may go directly to the rear of your venue where some seats are reserved. Alternatively, you can move to the Bates Hall or the Presbyterian Church Hall to leave or pick up your belongings, then return the way you left (back through the rear door of the venue). The volunteers at the door will let you back in quietly.

It’s not too late to join the Festival Choir

Come and experience the joy of singing with 100 or or more voices!! Our wonderful guest conductor Sarah Penicka-Smith has chosen a beautiful, varied and entirely Australian repertoire. The Festival Choir is supported by many of her semi-professional choristers in River City Voices. Click here for further information and to register.