Rachel with the PopUp Choir at the High Court in Canberra 2019. Photo courtesy of Lona Logan

18 May 2024
Hobart, TAS

4 July 2024
Blue Mountains, NSW

21-23 June 2024 
5-7 July 2024
Blue Mountains, NSW

14 July 2024
Canberra, ACT

Big Sing by the Sea
Future dates TBA
Forster, NSW

What’s On

Sending big love to all of my singing community!

Read on for details of what’s coming up.

I would so love you to join me at one of my Singing Workshops or Weekends.

And check out some of my recent past events here.

Workshops & Weekends

Public Singing Workshop with Rachel Hore

Hobart, Tasmania
Hosted by Sisongke Choir 

Saturday 18 May 2024
10:00am to 3.00pm

Multicultural Hub, 65 Hopkins St Moonah
All welcome, including members of other choirs.
Full price $65, Concession $55, Family $110
Enquiries: info@sisongke.org

Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/CPHWU


Wintersong 2024

Wintersong 1: 21-23 June 2024 (Rachel Hore & Stephen Taberner with Suze Pratten)
Wintersong 2: 5-7 July 2024 (Rachel Hore & Moira Smiley)

Fabulous annual choral weekends in the Blue Mountains led by Rachel and Stephen Taberner for the past 25 years! Two weekends to choose from. Both workshops are held at the Brahma Kumaris Centre, Leura, NSW.

Learn wonderful new choral arrangements, and explore the beautiful power of singing together. The Brahma Kumaris retreat centre provides a gorgeous backdrop of cosy fires, vegetarian food, misty walks through ghost gums and fabulous hospitality.

Special Guests

Guest elective tutor at Wintersong 1 is Suze Pratten. Suze will offer a wonderful rhythmic Taketina elective. And while Stephen travels with the Spooky Men in July, Moira Smiley will join Rachel as co-tutor at Wintersong 2.

Experienced singers and beginners all welcome. Youth scholarships available. Choose from residential or non-residential accommodation options.

Presented by Rachel Hore

Moira Smiley (USA) in Concert

Experience the outstanding voice of Moira Smiley performing one night only in the Blue Mountains. This is a rare opportunity to hear Moira during her short trip to Australia from her home in the hills of Vermont, USA.

Thursday 4 July 6:30pm – 8pm
Blue Mountains, Wentworth Falls, NSW
Info and bookings: trybooking.com/COYXQ

Saturday 13 July, 6pm – 8pm
, ACT, Smith’s Alternative
Info and bookings: smithsalternative.com/events/moira-smiley-85612

Singing Workshop with Moira Smiley (USA)

Sunday 14 July, 10am-3pm
Canberra, ACT

Moira Smiley is an outstanding singer, performer, composer and educator from Vermont USA. This is a rare opportunity to take part in a choral workshop with one of the best.

Ainslie Arts Centre – MAIN HALL
Info and bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/COZAA

Melbourne events

Moira will also be running workshops and performing in Melbourne, VIC between 10 – 13 July. To be on the mailing list for updates about Moira’s Melbourne workshops and concert please contact Steph Payne at unstrungmusic@gmail.com.

Big Sing Events

Big Sing in the Desert

Ross River Homestead near Alice Springs

Future dates TBA

A unique four-day singing camp in the heart of Australia, Big Sing in the Desert is much loved by all who attend, providing an opportunity for musical and cultural sharing through song, dance, food, art, conversation and community.

To allow time for planning and fundraising Big Sing in the Desert will not take place in 2024.  Future dates to be advised. Watch this space!

Big Sing by the Sea

Forster, NSW

Future dates TBA

Worimi Elders, Forster Neighbourhood Centre and Big Sing Community, invite you to share Big Sing by the Sea – Baraya Djukal Garuwaga, a musical Worimi cultural experience where Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people sing and learn together.

Singing begins on Saturday, guided by Rachel Hore, OAM, founder of Big Sing in the Desert, and Sandra Kwa, Conductor of Wingsong and Baraya Wakulda choirs. We will sing familiar songs, learn new ones, including some in Worimi language, Gathang. All this while we form a new singing community!

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Past Events


National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, ACT
19 February 2023

At a special event organised by the National Portrait Gallery audience members were invited to draw while listening to the Pop Up Choir – “with colour your instrument and line your melody as you create your own visual composition”. Watch a small snippet of artists in action while Pop Up Choir sing Sing You, one of my original songs, in the video below.

Public Singing Workshop

Atherton Tablelands, Queensland

18 – 19 March 2023

A fabulous fun workshop in a beautiful old time dance hall in Yungaburra, Queensland.  A glimpse of preparations.

Public Singing Workshops

Blue Mountains – Blackheath, NSW

December 2022 and 2023

Singers gathered in the beautiful Blue Mountains for two workshops in December 2022 and December 2023.

We revisited some of my most popular old favourites, as well as learning some beautiful new songs and arrangements.

Such good awesome singing folk. Such a beautiful loving community. You are always with me, in my heart. People travelled from far and wide. With Welcome to Country by Stacy Jane Etal and Aunty Carol Cooper. And a secret visit from the Spooky Men’s Chorale. Thank you to everybody who came.

Public Singing Workshop

Hobart, Tasmania

Saturday 27 May 2023

“She is one of Australia’s best choral conductors/teachers. If you think you sound like a raven, she will get you singing in a few minutes!” – thanks to my hosts, Sisongke Choir for that vote of confidence and a wonderful workshop.

Singing on Dyarubbin Shores

Richmond, NSW

Singing on Dyarubbin Shores is two days of joyful singing on Darug country with Aunty Jacinta Tobin, Stacy-Jane Etal, Rachel Hore and Suze Pratten.

The weekend features singing in Darug language with Jacinta and Stacy-Jane as well as acapella songs and harmonies with Rachel and Suze. We sing on Darug Country, close to the shores of Dyarubbin.

Dyarubbin is the Darug word for the Hawkesbury River.