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Members of the Sydney Auslan Ensemble rehearsing

Sydney Auslan Ensemble debut

Don’t miss the debut of the Sydney Auslan Ensemble at the Sydney Opera House on 11 June. The Ensemble is ­ a newly formed signing group comprised of people with differing Auslan (Australian Sign Language) abilities. All members have a shared love of the Auslan language and of opening up artistic experiences to all. They’ll be part of the  Sydney Philharmonia’s ChorusOz, a choral work of up to 1000 passionate singers performing Mendelssohn’s magnificent oratorio Elijah (sung in English) at the Sydney Opera House over the long weekend.

The workshops and performance will be taken by Music Director, Brett Weymark, and Penelope Mills, Sian Pendry, John Longmuir and Michael Honeyman will join as soloists in the culminating performance.

The Sydney Auslan Ensemble came together in response to Sydney Philharmonia Choirs’ invitation to work alongside the Choir and sign ChorusOz 2017. Their debut performance is in collaboration with and funded by Accessible Arts, supported and managed by our Deaf Arts Officer Riona Tindal. Riona also leads the Deaf Arts Network which works to increase access to arts and cultural events for those who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Auslan, in its own unique structure, visually expresses the essence and intention of the music and lyrics, however it is not simply a literal translation of the words. Auslan is a rich visual language with its own grammar and lexicon. The Sydney Auslan Ensemble’s performance will encompass all aspects of the story of the prophet Elijah.

Find out more and book your tickets for the performance: 5pm on Sunday 11 June.