To commemorate the opening of the Great Hall on 18 July 1859 there was a grand festival of music. From this time on musical performances has been a key feature of the Great Hall - from the Renaissance Players, Sydney University Musical Society (SUMS), Sydney University Symphony Orchestra (SUSO) and, Sydney University Graduate Choir.

Below are a selection of images of photographs and ephemera from the University Archives of the performances that have taken place in the Great Hall over the years.

Sydney University Graduate Choir

The Sydney University Graduate Choir is dedicated to high quality performances of great choral music by the established masters and by contemporary composers.
For more information on the Graduate Choir click here

Sydney University Glee Club

The Glee Club was founded in 1908 for the encouragement of the study and practice of vocal music within the University, and up to 1917 had given seventeen public concerts. In September, 1917, it went into recess for the duration of the War. It reformed in April, 1920. The name of the Society changed to the "Sydney University Musical Society and Glee Club” in 1930. The activities of the Society extended to include all things musical.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Glee Club, the University Archives has the records.

Sydney University Musical Society (SUMS)

The Sydney University Musical Society (SUMS) is the undergraduate choir of the University of Sydney. Founded in 1878, it is the oldest and largest secular choir in Australia. It has acquired an enviable reputation in the Sydney music scene, and is regularly invited to perform with Sydney's principal professional choirs. This has been achieved even though it has NO AUDITIONS. SUMS sings many varied and diverse pieces, performing its major concerts (usually three series per year) in the Great Hall of the University and other prestigious venues.

For more information on SUMS and their upcoming concerts click here

If you are interested in finding out more about SUMS, the University Archives has the records.

Other Musical performances