The Da Capo Singers are based in Berwick; and have established a strong reputation within Melbourne’s choral community for their eclectic repertoire and performances of high standard.
Founded in 1997, the original members of Da Capo Singers were graduates of the Berwick Youth Choir, one of Australia’s leading children’s choirs. The singers wished to continue to perform together, and to continue to sing quality repertoire to the most exacting standards possible. The choir now welcomes members from a range of backgrounds, who share this commitment to quality.
The choir sings a diverse repertoire, including art music of all styles and periods (but particularly the music of our own time), folk songs of many cultures, and occasional excursions into gospel and jazz. They have a particular commitment to the music of Australian composers, their performances including several world premieres.
The choir’s credits include performances at Hamer Hall, Etihad Stadium and Rod Laver Arena; having twice been invited to perform at Choralfest, Australia’s only national choral festival; the release of the release of two CDs; several tours to regional Victoria; and many performances for local community events and festivals; in addition to their annual concert series.
Vision: To be recognised for excellence and artistry in choral music
- To perform a range of high quality music that is stylistically and culturally diverse
- To support and celebrate Australian composition
- To extend our singers and foster a high level of musicianship
- To foster enthusiasm for choral music in the community
- To engage with a range of audiences
Musical Director – Simon Loveless
One of the original members of the Da Capo Singers, Simon took on the role of musical director at the beginning of 2007. Simon has been involved in many of Victoria’s choirs, variously in the roles of musical director, assistant musical director, accompanist, chorister, tutor, and administrator.
Currently he conducts Casey Choir and West Gippsland Chorale; and is accompanist and assistant artistic director with Berwick Youth Choir.
Simon is also very active as a freelance accompanist.