Sängerfest 2014 / Canberra


18 German choirs from all over Australia met in the nation’s capital early in October 2014 for the 16th Australian Sängerfest. Hosted by the Austrian Choir Canberra, festivities commenced with invited guests from each choir being welcomed at an official reception at the Austrian Club in downtown Mawson on Friday the 3rd.

Most of the participating choirs had attended Sängerfeste on many previous occasions, but it was very gratifying to welcome four choirs for their first Sängerfest experience: the Swiss Yodlers of Sydney, the Hobart German Choir, the Crèmeschnitte Chörli of the Canberra Swiss Club and the Austrian Singers of Melbourne. We were disappointed that the Heimat Chor from Western Australia were unable to make it this year - we hope to see them again next time!

On Saturday, participants had time in the morning for sightseeing and a bit of retail therapy. Canberra over the years has been maligned in certain quarters as being arid and soulless, but in my opinion it’s one of the most beautiful cities in Australia. Its many large parks, gardens, fountains and other civic attractions complement the excellent layout of its wide streets, avenues and boulevards. The man-made Lake Burley Griffin, named after the American architect who designed Canberra, meanders through the city and is crossed by several wide bridges.

We were fortunate that our visit coincided with the annual Floriade festival, a celebration of all things gardening and flowers. Held each year in the Spring, it attracts visitors from all over the world. And of course, no visit to Canberra is complete without a tour of the world renowned Australian War Memorial.

After attending rehearsals Saturday afternoon, choirs gathered in the Australian National University’s magnificent Llewellyn Hall for the gala concert of combined choirs at 7:30pm. Compered by Dr Heinrich Stefanik, it was attended by several dignitaries from Australian political and German cultural circles. The concert itself was very successful, and the near-capacity audience was thoroughly entertained.

There was no time for partying after the concert, as we had to be up early on Sunday (well, by 9am anyway) for the festival of individual choirs held in the Canberra Southern Cross Club’s Corinna Concert Hall in suburban Woden. Commencing at 10:30, it extended to late afternoon and gave each choir the opportunity to showcase its talents. There were several standouts, with the Hobart German Choir being particularly memorable at their debut performance.

We then had to hurry back to our accommodation to change in readiness for the gala dinner, held in the Hellenic Club, Woden. There was real "gemutlichkeit", with choir members mingling with other choirs all night. We all enjoyed a wonderful meal in a great venue.

Official events culminated on Monday morning with a “brunch” back in the Hellenic Club. Nobody left hungry that day! Choirs then started departing for their home cities, but the ALT spent the rest of Monday and all of Tuesday sightseeing the capital. When we left Canberra on Wednesday, all agreed that it had been a very satisfying and enjoyable sängerfest. The Austrian Choir of Canberra put on a great and near-faultless weekend - the cause of German singing in Australia is in good hands with choirs like this!

Bill van de Water


Gala Sängerfest Concert

Festival of Choirs

Combined Choirs:

National Anthems of Australia, Germany, Switzerland and Austria


Adelaider Liedertafel 1858 (SA)

Trösterin Musik (Bruckner)

Schöne Maid (White)

Gwahoddiad (Hartsough)

Piano Trio

Overture from “The Marriage of Figaro” (Mozart)

Primo: Liz Fyfe

Secondo: Linus Lee

Terzo: Shirley Cramp

Cäcilien Choir Croydon (NSW)

Lacrimosa (Mozart)

Wo Musik sich frei entfaltet (Mozart)

Kriminal-Tango (Trombotta)

(this brought the house down!

Austrian Choir Canberra

Seid Willkommen, Liebe Gäste (Hess)

Wiener Potpourri (Styolz, Lehner, Strauss, Sieczynski)

Chor Alpenfrieden (SA)

Im Fruahjahr bei da Niada (trad)

Hamzua, lei ham (Schmid)

A Finkerl a Zeiserl (Steiermark)

Im Salzkammergut (Bonatzky)

Evelyn Graham and Miriam Rose (sopranos)

Sull’aria (Mozart)

Concordia Choir (NSW)

Mein Mund der Singet (Anon)

Bridge over Troubled Water (Simon)

Capriccio (Tschaikovsky)

Austrian Choir Canberra, Deutscher Volkslieder Chor Adelaide, Templer Chor Melbourne & Liedertafel/Liederkranz Brisbane

Is schon still uman See (Glawischnig)

Die Kleine Bergkirche (Geiger)

Deutscher Volksliederchor (SA)

Herzlich tut mich erfreuen (trad)

Feste feiern, wie sie fallen (Färber)

Ich wollt ein Bäumlein steigen (trad)

Ein bißchen Frieden (Siegel)

Forrest National Chamber Orchestra String Quartet

Meditation from Thaïs (Massenet) (Beautiful!)

Scherzo from String Quartet in D Major (Tchaikovsky)

Lorelei Choir (NSW)

It’s a Grand Night for Singing (Hammerstein)

Plaisir d’Amour (Martini/Wallnau)

Lieder, die von Herzen kommen (Bruhn)

Evelyn Graham (soprano)

Arie der Zerlina (Mozart)

German Male Choir Sans Souci (NSW)

Heimat deine Sterne (Bochmann)

Das Lied der Taiga (Bauer)

Calypso (Denver)

Kalinka (trad)

Combined Female Choirs

Life has Loveliness to Sell (Lightfoot)

Mit Lieb bin Ich umfangen (Steuerlein)

Swiss Yodlers of Sydney (NSW)

De Heeweh-Appezöller (Alder)

Wildhuser Naturjodel (trad)

Bärg Arve (Schneller)

Combined Male Choirs

Seemann (Scharfenberger)

You Raise Me Up (Loveland/Graham)

Tanunda Liedertafel (SA)

Barossa Marsch (Krips)

Schifferlied (Eckert)

Aus der vTraube (Lissman)

Morte Christe (Jones)

Concordia Choir Tempe, Cäcilien Choir Croydon & German Male Choir Sans Souci

Jägerchor (CM von Weber)

Teure Heimat (Verdi)

Austrian Singers of Melbourne (VIC)

Ein ‘Wurzhorner’ aus Obertraun (trad)

Der Präblicher jodler (Steiermark)

Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen (Isaac)

Kömmts lei einer in die Sturm (Schmid)

Sag beim Abschied leise Servus (Kreude)

Zottel Marsch (trad)


Miriam Rose (soprano)

Ebben? Ne andrò lontana (Catalani)

Crèmeschnitte Chörli (ACT)

Steimandli Juiz (Moos)

Gang rüef de Brüüne (trad)

Buretanz (Müller)

Le Vieux Chalet (Bovet)

Austrian Choir Canberra, Singkreis Gold Coast & Chor Alpenfrieden Adelaide

Edelweiss (Hammerstein)

Andachts/Tiroljodler Medley (Trad.)

Hobart German Choir (TAS)

Mein Eigen sollst du sein (Niggli)

Die Perle Tirols (Ganzer)

S’Loisachtal (trad)
(very entertaining!)

Hoffman Brass

Three Miniatures (MacDonald)

Harmonie Choir Canberra (ACT)

Mädel, kämm dich, putz dich (trad)

Die Nachtigall (Mendelssohn)

Die Gedanken sind frei (trad)

Bierlied (Pappert)

Combined Choirs

Lied and die Freude (van Beethoven)

Radetzky Marsch (J Strauss Jr)

Liedertafel Arion (VIC)

Volldampf voraus bei Polizei (anon)

Kleine Möwe (trad)

Einmal noch ach Bombay (Germer)


Heimat (Hansen/Stege/Runte)

Liedertafel/Liederkranz Brisbane (QLD)

A potpourri of Rheinland songs

Ein Stimmungs Potpourri von Rheinliedern

Singkreis Gold Coast (QLD)

Steiermark (Martin)

Unsterbiches Wien( Stolz)

Kleine Lanterne (Widemair)

Wann du durch gehst durchs Tal (Anderluh)

Templer Choir Melbourne (VIC)

Morgengebet (Mendelssohn)

An die Freude (Schwarz)

Wanderlied im Frühling (trad)

Austrian Choir Canberra (ACT)

Wånn I die Sternlan sig (Obersteiner)

Wia schean is, wånn I siegh die Sunn aufgehn (trad)

Musikkantenstadl Abschielied (Moik)

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