The Sydney Women’s Vocal Orchestra (SWVO) formed in 2002 to learn the repertoire published as “Song of Survival” – eighteen pieces of music arranged and rehearsed in secret by the women at Palembang, Sumatra during WWII.

The choir is made up of around 30 singers of varying ages and from different parts of Sydney and the Central Coast of NSW.   The choir has performed at community gigs, commemoration services and the 2005 National Folk Festival, Canberra.  SWVO is honoured to sing at the annual commemoration of the Fall of Singapore at the Cenotaph in Martin Place, Sydney, held 15 Feburary.

The repertoire is ‘standard classical’ sung to different vowel sounds.  The only exception is a song with words, “The Captives’ Hymn”, composed by Margaret Dryburgh during her imprisonment and sung by the original vocal orchestra.

The director of the choir is Christina Mimmocchi, an experienced choral leader and arranger.

For more information, contact:  tel. 0410 682 061 or e-mail: