Registration Information • Key Dates • Scores • Learning Tracks • Seating • 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).

The Big Sing Chorus will be joined this year by the Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus who will fully rehearse the work with their Music Director, Aldis Sils.

Mandatory Schedule for all Choristers

Wednesday 20 September • 7- 9:30pm
Big Sing Chorus Piano Rehearsal with Graham Abbott and soloists
Venue TBC

Saturday 23 September • 10am – 12:30pm
Big Sing Chorus Piano Rehearsal with Graham Abbott and soloists
Tatachilla Lutheran College, McLaren Vale

Saturday 23 September • 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Full Orchestral rehearsal with chorus and soloists
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).

Ian Coss of Clear Music, Sydney, has agreed to place a second bulk order, at a very reasonable cost (including delivery).

Carus Vocal Score $ 50

To place an order and access the bulk order price, email by April 1st including your name, email, postal address and phone contact.

Your score will be delivered, with an invoice for payment, approximately two weeks later. No upfront payment is required.

While waiting for your score to arrive, you can download an edited Schirmer version

This is a chorus only score (pdf, no piano part) with a number of alterations to closely match the Carus score.

Should you prefer to use this score for rehearsal and performance, it should be printed and bound (around $20 at Officeworks).

If you wish to use a score you already have, please compare it to the pdf of the edited Schirmer score and make the necessary changes.

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.