Adelaide Chamber Singers has been a passionate and innovative contributor to music in Adelaide for thirty-five years. Formed by Carl Crossin in 1985, ACS comprises some of Adelaide’s best ensemble singers, most of whom are also busy soloists, teachers or conductors in their own right. ACS is widely respected as one of Australia’s finest chamber choirs and was awarded the 2011 Ruby Award for “sustained contribution by an organisation”. ACS has received awards from the Australian Music Centre and Gramophone Magazine and, more recently, won the State Award at the 2017 National Art Music Awards in Sydney for “Performance of the Year 2016”, and was also one of four finalists for the national “Performance of the Year” award.
Adelaide Chamber Singers has performed to critical acclaim around Australia, and around the world, having won several 1st Places at major international competitions, and three summa cum laude awards in Canada, Italy and at Llangollen in Wales.
Other international appearances have included the 2014 Polyfollia Choral Festival in France, the 2013 Musica Sacra a Roma in Italy, the 2006 International Choral Kathaumixw in Canada, the 2006 Cambridge Summer Music Festival in England, the 2004 Tokyo International Festival, the 6th World Symposium on Choral Music in the USA in 2002, the Asia Pacific Choral Symposium in Singapore in 2001, the 1999 Norfolk and Norwich Festival, and the 1996 National Convention of the Association of British Choral Directors in Oxford.
Adelaide Chamber Singers has also performed at the Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth International Arts Festivals and a range of regional festivals around Australia including the Bundaleer, Coonawarra, Barossa and Coriole Festivals, the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, the Brisbane Festival of Contemporary Sacred Music, the Musica Viva Huntington Estate Festival in NSW, the 2011 WOMAD Festival, and several of the Australian National Choral Association’s Choralfests.
ACS also frequently steps out of its ‘choral box’ to support and collaborate with a wide range of artists including The Rolling Stones, Hilltop Hoods, Wild Birds & Peacedrums, Greta Bradman, Kronos Quartet, The Tallis Scholars and the ASO. ACS has also developed very successful collaborations in recent years with other leading Australian chamber choirs including the Sydney Chamber Choir, Brisbane Chamber Choir and Melbourne’s Polyphonic Voices.
Meet the Adelaide Chamber Singers
Find out what Adelaide Chamber Singers is and does, how it all began, what it sounds like and some of its major achievements. This video was created by Closer Productions for ACS in mid 2014.