Photo by Simon Hodgson

Photo by Simon Hodgson



Erin Helyard - Artistic Director

Antony Walker - Founding Artistic Director

Alison Johnston - Manager

Cantillation is a chorus of professional singers – an ensemble of fine voices with the speed, agility and flexibility of a chamber orchestra. Formed in 2001 by Antony Walker and Alison Johnston, it has since been busy in the concert hall, opera theatre and the recording studio.

Highlights have included Nigel Westlake’s Missa Solis, John Adams’ Harmonium, Brahms’ Requiem, Ross Edwards’ Star Chant, Haydn’s Creation, Vaughan William’s Flos Campi and Jonathan Mills’ Sandakan Threnody (all with the Sydney Symphony), The Crowd with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, performances with Emma Kirkby in Sydney and Melbourne for Musica Viva, and singing for the Dalai Lama and at the Rugby World Cup. Cantillation has recorded the soundtracks for several movies, including The Lego Movie, Happy Feet 2, Live Bait 3D, I, Frankenstein and Cane Toads: The Conquest, and recorded and filmed Jonathan Mills’ opera The Eternity Man.

For ABC Classics Cantillation has recorded more than 30 CDs and DVDs, including great choral masterpieces of the Renaissance; a collection of contemplative 20th-century sacred works entitled Prayer for Peace; Fauré’s Requiem; Orff’s Carmina burana; Handel’s Messiah (CD and DVD); the Christmas disc Silent Night; an album of folk songs entitled Ye Banks and Braes; Magnificat with Emma Kirkby; a disc of Baroque choruses, Hallelujah!; and Mozart’s Requiem.

For Pinchgut Live Cantillation appears on Haydn’s L’anima del filosofo and Rameau’s Castor & Pollux.

Cantillation is the official chorus for Pinchgut Opera, having performed in every opera with chorus since the company began in 2002.


Cantillation has appeared in Semele (2002), The Fairy Queen (2003), Orfeo (2004), Dardanus (2005), Idomeneo (2006), Juditha Triumphans (2007), David & Jonathan (2008), L'anima del filosofo (2010), Castor & Pollux (2012), Iphigenie en Tauride (2014) and Theodora in 2016. 


This bio taken from the last program in which Cantillation appeared.