Registration Information • Key Dates • Concert Program • Scores • Learning Tracks • Seating • Concert Flyer • Concert Dress • Venue Map • Terms and Conditions

Welcome to the choristers page where you will find all the resources and information you need to prepare to sing in the chorus for Joseph Haydn’s The Creation, conducted by Graham Abbott

The Big Sing Chorus will be joined by the Adelaide Concert Orchestra and soloists Ruth Blythman (soprano), Robert Macfarlane (tenor) and Pelham Andrews (bass).

This year’s core choir is the Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus who have fully rehearsed the work with their Music Director, Aldis Sils.

Mandatory Schedule for all Choristers

Extra rehearsal now scheduled (not mandatory, but highly recommended)
Tuesday 19 September 7-9:30pm • arrive by 6:45pm
Big Sing Chorus Piano Rehearsal with Graham Abbott (updated 27 August)
Latvian Hall, 4 Clark St, Wayville • on street parking • please allow parking time to arrive at the hall by 6:45pm 

Wednesday 20 September • 7- 9:30pm • arrive by 6:45pm
Big Sing Chorus Piano Rehearsal with Graham Abbott
Latvian Hall, 4 Clark St, Wayville • on street parking • please allow parking time to arrive at the hall by 6:45pm

Saturday 23 September • 10am – 12:30pm • arrive by 9:45 for seating
Big Sing Chorus Piano Rehearsal with Graham Abbott and soloists
Tatachilla Lutheran College, McLaren Vale
Please allow enough time for parking and to be ready for seating allocation by 9:45am

Saturday 23 September • 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Full Orchestral rehearsal with chorus
Tatachilla Lutheran College, McLaren Vale

Sunday 24 September • 3pm – 5:15pm
(inc 20 min interval)
Tatachilla Lutheran College, McLaren Vale

Optional Open Rehearsals

As always, there are some optional rehearsals with other choirs that will help you learn the score. We thank the Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus and the Fleurieu Singers and Voices in the Wilderness for opening up their Creation rehearsals to other Big Sing registrants.


Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus
Tuesdays  7.15 pm – 9.30pm from June 6 to July 4, then July 25 onwards
Cynthia Poulton Hall, St Peter’s Cathedral, North Adelaide
$10 per rehearsal (cash only)
Contact: if you plan to attend

Fleurieu Singers
Mondays 7pm – 9pm • Aug 28, Sept 4, 11, 18
Aldinga Payinthi College, Port Rd Aldinga
$10 per rehearsal (cash only)
Contact 0428 375 851

Voices in the Wilderness
Fridays 9.30am – 11.30am
St Johns’ Church, 379 Halifax St, Adelaide
$10 cash or card.
Starting May 19
Contact: Ela Hardy on 0412 333 561 or


The conductor, orchestra and soloists are using a modern Carus score. We have found that the various older editions have varying ideas about English words, numbering of sections, bar numbers and rehearsal marks.

So that we are all singing from the same page, we strongly recommend that you purchase the Carus Vocal Score (English – with piano accompaniment, chorus parts and soloists).

For an updated list of minor changes that need to be made to both the Schirmer and the Carus scores, please refer to the document “Creation score changes – instructions.pdf” which can be downloaded

Online Rehearsal Aids

We recommend Chord Perfect. Their tracks use real singers, and are free to use online.

For less than AU$30 you can download all your parts to use offline (‘Upgrade to Our Masterclass’).  One purchase can be used by up to 50 others using the provided code. For details find ‘Choir Packs’.

Concert Dress, Folders and Masks

Concert dress is all black (including jackets/jumpers if the weather is cold—the stadium is not air conditioned). Change rooms are available if needed.

At this stage, masks will not be required.

Black folders will be required. If you have added a plain black cover to your printed score, you may choose not to use a black folder.

Seating for Choristers

If you have mobility issues you will be able to remain at ground level if you wish. Please contact Greg John prior on 0405 053 331 or


Registrations are now open for the Big Sing Chorus.

Your fee of $60 includes the three mandatory rehearsals and the performance with Graham Abbott.

We expect that all registered choristers can commit to the mandatory schedule. Payment of the registration fee indicates your agreement to the Big Sing McLaren Vale Terms and Conditions.