Welcome to the Sydney University Madrigal Society!

The Sydney University Madrigal Society is a small, a cappella choir, singing – as the name suggests – mostly madrigals, as well as more recent works. We meet weekly for a two hour rehearsal.


Welcome back for 2016!

Hello and welcome to all! It’s the start of another semester, and the Madrigal Society is here in fine voice. Perhaps you caught us singing around the university quadrangle, or at a stall?

The Madrigal Society is as always, pumped and excited to sing, especially with anyone who might want to come along and give it a try. Again, we are an audition-free choir – you’re welcome to sing with us no matter what music level you are at, especially if you want to learn and give it a shot.

Come along to our rehearsal next Tuesday to have a bit of a sing! As of now we are in Old Darlington School for rehearsals – it’s on campus, the building on the lawns across the boardwalk if you’re walking between Scitech Library and Redfern station.

The first rehearsal of the semester is on the 1st of March in Week 1. We hope to see you there, although don’t stress if you can’t make it – it will be just as easy to pick up afterwards.

Find our facebook page for updates, our facebook group for chorister postings, or sign up for our newsletter for rehearsal and gig information.

Lastly, check out our Soundcloud for past concert recordings, especially if you’re looking to hear what we sound like.

See you all there for a fantastic new semester, Madrigalisti!



February Rehearsals

Happy new year! The Madrigal Society enters yet another new year with more excitement and Renaissance repertoire.

For the keen-hearted and those as excited about early music and good chorister fun as we, MADS are starting rehearsals back in February! We will sing through repertoire from previous concerts at less of a break-neck pace, so whether you’re an old face wanting to sing old favourites, or a new face hoping to finally learn them, it would be great to have you.

The rehearsal schedule and locations are as follows:

 2nd of February  Room 412, Seymour Centre
 9th of February  Room 412, Seymour Centre
 16th of February  Room 412, Seymour Centre
 23rd of February  Old Darlinghurst School 2

As usual these are all on Tuesdays, from 5pm to 7pm.

Looking forward to seeing new and old faces back for 2016! It will be an exciting year and it will be fantastic to see everyone back.



October 2015 Concert: Gluttony and Lust

From the Sydney University Madrigal Society comes our October concert, singing an early music repertoire about love, sex, adultery, food and (very much alcoholic) drink. Renaissance madrigals can get really bloody cheeky, you know?lovers2

What is the best advice if you think your wife is cheating on you? Should you really listen to your bro? Oh, but you’ve been cuckolded, and everyone in the village is gossiping behind your back about you. And your wife is still getting it on. Bummer.

Meanwhile, all the drinking songs demonstrate what Drink Responsibly laws were made for. Will the self-professed Order of Drunken Fools safely make their way to bed, and not be too bedraggled come morning? Alas. Relatable perhaps, but alas.

Join us at 7pm on Friday the 23rd of October in Glebe Town Hall for a fun evening filled with music. Refreshments will be provided after the concert!

Tickets will be sold at the door:

Concession: $15
Adult: $25

About us

Our Society began in 1999 as four students singing madrigals around a piano, but we have since evolved into a full chamber choir, performing everything from operas and Mozart’s C minor mass to English lute songs and, of course, madrigals. We perform one major concert each semester, and this semester we will be performing some staples of the madrigal repertoire as well as exploring a range of lesser-known composers and languages.

We are a very active society, rehearsing all year round, with major concerts at least twice a year. In the past, we have performed at events such as the Chancellor’s Medieval Banquet, and produced a series of lunchtime concerts in the Quadrangle. We have also entered eisteddfods such as the Sydney Performing Arts Challenge, in which we were awarded first prize in 2000. In 2001, as part of the University of Sydney Sequicentenary celebrations, we performed Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in the Great Hall, and in 2003 we performed Jaques Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffman in the Seymour Centre as part of the USU’s Performing Arts Festival. We enjoy working with other music groups, having collaborated with SUSO in 2005 and 2007, and we regularly welcome the Seaven Teares Consort at our concerts.


Join us!

If you’d like to sing with us, please contact us or come along to one of our Tuesday evening rehearsals. Membership is open to all members of the University of Sydney Union (ACCESS members) — we don’t have auditions — so anyone who thinks a semester of singing would be fun is welcome to join!

Our rehearsals are held at 5-7pm every week on Tuesday, and as of now are in the Old Darlington School on Campus. We would be delighted for you to come along, drop in and have a sing with us.

If you can’t join us at rehearsals, but would like to hear about our twice-yearly concerts, you can sign up for our audience mailing list be sending us an email through our contact page. We’d love to hear from you!