The choir in its present form was established by George Combis, protopsaltis of
the Church of All Saints, Belmore, Sydney in 1998. The choir is based in Sydney
Australia and it consists of 22 young Greek-Australians, devoted to the dissemination
and study of our musical tradition. With the blessing of His Eminence the Archbishop
of Australia Stylianos and
efforts of its choirmaster Mr. George Combis, the choir has chanted in many church
services and has appeared at places and festivals such as Sydney Festival, Australia
Day, St Andrews and St. Mary's cathedrals, Sydney University, Enmore theatre, Carnivale
Christi and many others including invited appearances in Melbourne and Brisbane.
The work of the choir, other than its regular concert appearances is multi-faceted.
Firstly it trains our young chanters to appropriately take up places at the analogion
(psalteri) of each parish. In the past it has run seminars covering various aspects
of Byzantine chant and hymnology. It also takes part at celebratory services such
a vigils, sacraments and parish feast celebrations. And finally, it performs charity
work, to aid the community in this respect as well. Most of Sydney's young chanters
are members of the Australian Byzantine Choir.
The choir has published a number of studio and live CDs which are for sale to aid
the work of the choir.