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Bel a cappella is a chamber choir of 25-30 experienced singers who are dedicated to the performance of diverse, high quality choral music in fine venues around Sydney.

Established in 1995 by a few members of Sydney University Musical Society who were looking for the challenges of singing in a smaller group, Bel a cappella continues to attract able singers who are keen to explore the more demanding repertoire to the highest possible standard.

The choir has an extensive repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to twentieth-century music. Our concerts are designed to appeal to those who are new to the world of choral music as well as those who already enjoy the choral repertoire and seek to further explore it and hear it at its best.

Bel a cappella normally presents three concerts each year, providing a mix of well-loved choral works with lesser known pieces of merit and appeal.  Although we specialise in a cappella repertoire, we regularly perform with piano, organ or small ensembles to offer a variety of musical experiences for our growing audiences. 

Recent repertoire includes Poulenc Mass in G, O'Regan Threshold of Night Rachmaninov Vespers, Britten A Boy Was Born, Vasks Missa, Dyson Hierusalem and music by Kaija Saariaho, Tōnu Kōrvits, Arturs Maskats, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Ola Gjeilo and Hugo Alfvén

Bel a cappella also participates in significant choral events, including the 2008 Sydney A Cappella Festival and the 2009 Blackheath Choir Festival. Bel a cappella achieved first places in both the Chamber Choir and Sacred Choral Awards in Sydney Eisteddfods and were selected to perform at Choralfest, the biennial national conference of the Australian National Choral Association, in 2010

In 2015 the choir headed out on their first overseas tour to Italy, Slovenia and Vienna, starting with singing at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and St. Mark's Basilica in Venice. In 2018 the choir returned to Europe on tour and sang in Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, Prague, Hodonin, Bratislava, Budapest and Krakow.