Sing with the RMP – one of Australia’s great choirs!
Be a part of a great Australian choir! Experience the thrill of performing fine choral music to appreciative audiences, and becoming a part of a friendly, social organisation. Under the direction of one of Australia’s leading choral directors, the RMP choir is a dynamic and busy ensemble often called upon to perform at many of Melbourne’s major events in the city’s most prestigious venues.
A large and friendly ensemble of some 80 voices, the RMP is widely regarded as one of the nation’s finest and most versatile symphonic choirs, and its performances receive widespread critical and audience acclaim for their energy, passion, and vitality. Whilst most concerts feature the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, the choir has also recently performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, The Australian Ballet, Hobart Chamber Orchestra, Australian Army Band, Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Plexus Ensemble and Australian Army Band.
In recent seasons RMP choir members have performed alongside, and recorded backing vocals for artists ranging from Josh Groban and John Farnham, to Olivia Newton John, Mark Vincent, Dami Im, Silvie Paladino, Jemma Rix, Jimmy Barnes, Tim Campbell, Tim Minchin, Delta Goodrem, iconic Aussie Rock Band The Angels, and even the Indie Band “The Temper Trap” at the AFL Grand Final! Several studio recordings featuring the RMP have gone to number one on the Australian pop charts.
The RMP choir regularly performs at high-profile events around the city and records for TV and Radio. In 2017 the choir participated in several successful CD recordings including Mark Vincent’s A Tribute to Mario Lanza Album; John Farnham and Olivia Newton John’s Friends Forever Christmas CD and Silvie Paladino’s O Holy Night Christmas CD.
Other recent events have included numerous Melbourne Cup TV broadcasts, Prime Minister’s Olympic Dinner, the ANZAC Dawn Ceremony, and The Battle of Australia Commemorations at the Shrine of Remembrance, seasons with the Australian Ballet, the Victorian Tourism Awards, and more! The choir also regularly performs at Australian Citizenship Ceremonies at Melbourne Town Hall, and for major civic and sporting events in the City of Melbourne.
Following the extended lockdowns in Melbourne, RMP has resumed in-person rehearsals and looks forward to a busy performance schedule including another world-record performance of Handel’s Messiah at Melbourne Town Hall, and a series of spectacular carols concerts at St Paul’s Cathedral in December.
Check out our program for this year and our concert lists page to see the current repertoire and a selection of past concerts.
Everyone is welcome to audition for the RMP.
Successful applicants will be able to read music well and will have some sight-reading/singing skills. Good intonation and an ability to learn quickly is also required. Whilst classical training is an advantage, it is not a prerequisite.
We are looking for singers with sound choral and aural skills, as well as high vocal ability, a desire to have fun, and who value musical excellence through dedication and commitment to rehearsal and performance.
There are currently vacancies in all voice parts. Strong altos and low basses are particularly welcome to apply.
Beethoven Mass in C Major Op. 86
VENUE: Melbourne Recital Centre
Sydney “Spirit of the Games, Gala Dinner
VENUE: International Convention Centre (ICC) 14
Tchaikovsky ‘Moscow’ Coronation Cantata
and Opera: Tchaikovsky, Angel of Music
VENUE: Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall
Melbourne Festival of Choirs
VENUE: St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne
The Prime Minister’s 10th Olympic Dinner
VENUE: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
John Rutter’s Requiem and 14th RMP Aria
VENUE: Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne
Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with MSO
VENUE: Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne
VENUE: Melbourne Town Hall
Carols in the Cathedral
VENUE: St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne
Contact our membership secretary Hannah Pilkington by email email@example.com to arrange an audition.
If you wish to email the Artistic Director you can contact Andrew Wailes via firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0433 661 971
Commitment to excellence
We rehearse weekly on Tuesday evenings. February – December at the historic Drill Hall in the Melbourne CBD. There are also some Friday orchestral or dress rehearsals on concert days, depending on particular concert programs and venues. In November and December 2021 we will also be rehearsing on Friday evenings due to the delays caused by the pandemic lockdowns earlier in the year.
RMP Choristers are expected to attend most rehearsals and concerts (within reason), unless there are exceptional circumstances. RMP Choristers are also asked to give prior notice if they are indeed unable to attend for a special reason to enable smooth planning. Infrequent attendance or irregular concert participation may result in a chorister being asked to re-audition or give up their place in the choir or not to perform in a given concert.
Vacancies currently exist in all sections of the choir: Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto 1, Alto 2, Tenor 1, Tenor 2, Bass 1 and Bass 2.
Altos, high tenors, and low basses are particularly welcome.
Discounts for students and young adults:
Music students wishing to gain valuable performance experience are especially encouraged to apply. Performing with the RMP is a wonderful way to gain valuable performing experience, improve sight-reading and aural skills, improve vocal technique,and to network with other musicians. Special discounts for full-time students apply, and there is also a reduced membership rate for under 25’s