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Christmas in July

Christmas in July: Joyous Carol Singing

3 July 2023 | 10:30AM | $15  |  10:30AM  |  Hobart Town Hall

Why wait until December to sing your favourite Christmas music?

Join us in the beautiful, warm, Hobart Town Hall for a joyful singalong this July.

This community singing event will be supported by delightful young voices from Sydney and the Gold Coast as we join together to spend an enjoyable hour singing a variety of carols and Christmas songs.
Away in a Manger, Silent Night, Joy to the World and Once in Royal David’s City are just some of the well-known carols you will be able to sing accompanied by Hobart organist, Anne Morgan with Bel Canto from Hillcrest Christian College (QLD) and Sydney Children’s Choir Junior Performing Choir (NSW). This nostalgic singing event will be led by festival favourite Joan Wright OAM.
Souvenir carol booklets will be available on arrival.
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General Admission – $15

*A Booking Fee of $3.00 applies, plus a 2.2% Basket Fee which will be calculated at check-out.



VENUE: Hobart Town Hall

Getting to the venue 

  • The Hobart Town Hall is at 50 Macquarie St, Hobart TAS 7000 
  • A car park behind the Hobart Town Hall is available for drop offs, accessible from Elizabeth Street. Please see entryway to this carpark here. 
  • accessible parking spaces are available in the Hobart Town Hall carpark, accessible from Elizabeth Street. Please see entryway to this carpark here. 
  • Please follow this link for a virtual tour of the Hobart Town Hall. 


Assistive Listening 

  • A Hearing Loop is available at this venue. The technology requires the listener to wear a receiver on a lanyard and to insert an earpiece. Please contact the festival if you require the use of one of these devices, as availability is limited. 

Guide Dog/Registered Assistance Animals welcome 

Water bowls will be available at this event upon request. 

Wheelchair accessibility

  • For wheelchair bookings, please contact the festival with specifications and dimensions of the wheelchair and any additional user requirements. 
  • The Hobart Town Hall Ballroom on level 1 is accessible to wheelchair users via a lift on the ground floor, located to the right of the staircase. The lift is also accessible via the rear car park and requires interaction with an intercom to gain access. This car park is accessible from Elizabeth Street. Please see the entryway to this car park here 
  • Accessible bathrooms are available on the ground floor of the Hobart Town Hall only. 

Sydney Children's Choir, Junior Performing Choir (NSW)

Sydney Children's Choir - Junior Performing Choir is in Christmas in July - 3 July | Young Tasmania Sings - 4 July | A Choral Soiree - 5 July | Australian Youth Choir Showcase - 6 July


The Sydney Children’s Choir’s Junior Performing Choir brings together specially selected singers aged 9 – 14 who show strong musical aptitude, enabling them to extend their choral and musical skills in an intensive way. The choir is one of 16 ensembles adding up to over 400 young people that form the Sydney Children’s Choir’s renowned choral training program, founded by Lyn Williams AM in 1989. The choir have formed part of the children’s choruses for performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, including for the premiere of Colin Matthew’s The Pied Piper of Hamlin in 2016, and for Opera Australia productions including Turandot, King Roger and Tosca. The Junior Performing Choir has embarked on regional tours in NSW regularly over its history, giving performances and workshops with local singers: Bathurst (2017), Albury (2018) and Wagga Wagga (2019). In 2023, the choir are conducted by Elizabeth Scott and Lachlan Massey.

Image credit: Lyn Williams


Lachlan Massey is a young Australian conductor and composer. He conducts for the Sydney Children’s Choir, working under Lyn Williams AM and Sam Allchurch to prepare the choirs for concerts, recordings and major national events. Most recently he conducted the choir at The Sydney Energy Forum for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, acted as assistant conductor for dramatic work Hypnopompia with director Alexander Berlage, and assisted in preparing the choirs for the reopening of the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall under Simone Young. Lachlan founded Musgrove Opera in 2018 to present contemporary opera for children and families. He composed & directed Pinocchio! (2018), which had its premiere at the Zenith Theatre, prior to a regional tour. His second children’s opera, an adaptation of Hansel & Gretel (2021), premiered at The Concourse. In 2022, Lachlan directed Sid the Serpent who Wanted to Sing and Heroes in the Sydney Opera House Utzon Room. Most recently, he worked with composer Aija Draguns, directing the premiere of her children’s opera, Max and Moritz. Recently, Lachlan appeared as a guest conductor for the RSCM Junior Schools’ Choral Festival. Lachlan is an alumnus of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and a former Young Ambassador for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Bel Canto, Hillcrest Christian College (QLD)

Bel Canto is in Christmas in July - 3 July | Young Tasmania Sings - 5 July | Australian Youth Choir Showcase - 6 July


The mission of the Choral Excellence Program at Hillcrest Christian College is to nurture and inspire students through quality music education and the pursuit of artistic excellence in choral performance.

The Choral Excellence Program fosters leadership, self-worth, teamwork and pride. We strive to build relationships within the local community and collaborate with other performance groups within and outside the College to reach a broader audience. We perform a diverse range of styles with a particular emphasis on Australian repertoire and prioritize commissioning new works and collaborating with Australian composers.

An important aspect of the Choral Excellence Program is the opportunity to tour regularly, and the choirs have represented Hillcrest Christian College throughout Queensland and Australia in two International Tours including 5th International World Vision Choir Festival, Seoul Korea in 2015 and Pacific International Festival, Oregon, United States of America in 2018.

Award-winning Bel Canto, the SSA premier choir, is delighted to be returning to Hobart, Tasmania following their successful participation in the Festival of Voices in 2016.

Conductors: Ms Claire Preston and Dr. Robert Stewart

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