River City Voices
Arts & Entertainment
Our Artistic Vision is to become a permanent player in the diverse musical and cultural landscape of western Sydney.
River City Voices (RCV) is Parramatta’s new auditioned, semi-professional, 45-voice choir that aims to be the Central River City’s flagship choral company. It was formed in 2018 to meet the community’s desire for large-scale cultural events closer to home. Led by its exceptional Artistic Director Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith, the company’s vision is to become a permanent and relevant organisation, renowned for its vocal excellence, surprising collaborative artistic programs, and events that reflect and engage its diverse community.
In its brief history, RCV has engaged over 2,000 artists, arts workers and community members through its public performances, development programs and workshops. Performances have included festivals, corporate and government gigs and collaborative community events, such as the Parramatta premiere of Carmina Burana, an interactive Japanese anime music program for the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival and a sold-out, performance of Handel's ‘Messiah' at St Patrick’s Cathedral with singers from Sydney Philharmonia Choirs along with performances ta the Sydney Opera House. RCV has also been broadcast on ABC Local Radio following its feature performance at ABC Radio’s annual Sing Out Sydney at the City Recital Hall in 2019.