History, Choir & Performing Arts

When Tutti sings, lives are changed.

Founded by South Australian playwright/composer Pat Rix, Tutti began as a small singing group for intellectually disabled people at Minda Inc in 1997. As people from the wider community joined, the group quickly grew to become a choir of 40 members, drawing on both music and theatre for inspiration.

In 2000 the choir’s work in progress performance of My Life, My Love, an opera developed with Pat Rix, surprised and delighted the Adelaide arts community.

Soon choir member numbers began to grow as did requests for performances and the group began to commit themselves to a rigorous rehearsal schedule. Disabled and non-disabled singers performed side by side, friendships were born and acceptance and celebration of differences became their bond.

In 2001, the choir incorporated to become the Tutti Ensemble, shortly before opening the KickstART Celebration of Arts and Disability in Vancouver. From that time on, Tutti’s vision became to challenge and improve society’s view of people with a disability.

In 2002 thanks to the vision of State Theatre’s then Artistic Director Rosalba Clemente and Adelaide Festival Director Peter Sellars, Tutti became the first Australian community arts organisation to partner a flagship company in an international mainstream arts festival. With a cast of over one hundred, most of whom identified with a disability, including three of the principals, My Life, My Love was a sell-out hit.

Over 7,000 people enjoyed eight performances with audiences responding that their perception of disability had been changed. They wanted to see and hear more from ‘that choir’. My Life, My Love won the critics ‘Light of the Festival’ Award and was nominated for a Helpmann Award.

Today, Tutti regularly reaches over 200 South Australians in Adelaide and regional South Australia. Our outreach program mentors three regional choirs and offers opportunities to participate in combined music-theatre productions and choral events. We also have sister choirs in Vancouver and Minneapolis.

Whilst Tutti has now expanded to offer drama and music, visual arts, digital design and music programs, singing remains Tutti’s main inspiration. It is through singing that we support what is good and right about the world and shake our fist at what is wrong.


Music–theatre,  Opera,  Choral concerts,  events and collaborations since 2001

June 9-13, 2015 – Six Swans, a melodic twist on a classic fairy tale. Adapted by Jehane Markham, The Australian Premiere of the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale Six Swans the opera is a collaboration between Tutti Arts and the next generation of theatre makers, students from UniSA’s Performing and Media Arts program. Score by Richard Chew and directed by Russell Fewster. Hartley Playhouse, UniSA Magill Campus, South Australia

May 28-30, 2015 – History of Autism, presented by Company @ with Tutti Arts, directed by Julian Jaensch during 2015 Come Out Children’s Festival.

December 13, 2014 – No More Turning Away, featuring The Tutti Choirs, The Gathering Wave Choir and The Klemzig Signing Choir. Tutti’s 2014 End of Year Christmas Concert. Clayton Wesley Uniting Church, Norwood, South Australia.

October 31, 2014 – Sit Down, Shut Up And Watch New Media and Film Festival,  Angaston Town Hall, Barossa Valley, South Australia

May 22-31, 2014 – Eye Music: Sex, Religion, Money, Politics. How do you communicate about life’s BIG QUESTIONS when you can’t speak? Written by Pat Rix and directed by Edwin Kemp Attrill. State Opera Studio, Netley, South Australia

June 22, 2014 – I Want It All, Tutti Choir performance conducted by Laura Ellis and accompanied by Richard Chew with special guests Michelle Pearson and the Klemzig Signing Choir. Brighton Performing Arts Centre Concert Hall, North Brighton, South Australia

March 7-15, 2014 – The History of Autism, presented by Company @ with Tutti Arts, directed by Julian Jaensch during the Adelaide Fringe Festival. State Opera Studio, Netley, South Australia

December 15, 2013 – It All Starts Now, Tutti’s 2013 End of Year Christmas Concert. Clayton Wesley Uniting Church, Norwood, South Australia.

August 8-9, 2013 – History Of Autism The Untold Story, a new Australian play by Company @ (Autistic Theatre), directed by Julian Jaensch. History of Autism, State Opera Studio, Netley Asia Pacific Autism Conference

July 28, 2013 – Salt Water Songs TUTTI CHOIRS in concert with exciting Celtic Fusion band Working Dog Union, Brighton Performing Arts Centre

June 23, 2012 – The Tutti Choir and soloists performed excerpts from Richard Chew’s oratorio Rites of Passage. With text compiled from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and the poetry of Walt Whitman, Derek Walcott and T.S Eliot, accompanied by Working Dog Union, playing Uilleann pipes, keyboards and drums.

September 18 to October 1, 2011 – Tutti in partnership with State Opera of South Australia (Operatu) presented ‘The Magic Flute’ aka Circus of the Sevenfold Seal of the Sun, in collaboration with Cirkidz and Various People Inc. The production was directed by Cheryl Pickering, with musical direction by Richard Chew.
March 10, 2010 – The Idea of North and Tutti combined concert at Our lady of the Sacred Heart Community Centre, Henley Beach.

March 8-9, 2011 – Tutti choral workshops with The Idea of North.

March/April, 2011 – the launch of Tutti’s Real2Real disability led film-making project in collaboration with Oska Bright Film festival ( UK) and Adelaide International Film Festival at the Mercury Cinema. Oska Bright guests begin leading workshop in Adelaide and regional SA from March 7 until April.

December 16, 2010 – A very Tutti Christmas Concert with guest choir The Harmony of hearts and Minds Choir, Elizabeth. At Our Lady of the Sacred heart Community Centre, Henley Beach.

November, 2010 – A Day with Tutti and Friends in Rundle Mall for National Social Inclusion Week. Tutti with three other inclusive choirs we have mentored, plus Visual Arts and Tutti Kids displays.

October, 2010 – Tutti performs on the main stage and gives public workshops at the 2010 Fleurieau Folk Festival.

September 19, 2010 – Happy Together, a joint concert with Dr Jonathon Welch and the Choir of Hard Knocks ( now Choir of Hope and Inspiration) at the Adelaide Town Hall. MC Maggie Beer.

July 31-August 7, 2010 – Ten Ways to Love, an original music-theatre work devised by members of Tutti Performing Arts with Juha Vanhakartano and Pat Rix. Directed by Juha Vankartano, Music Director – Philip Griffin. State Opera Studio, Netley.

July, 2010 – Tutti’s Broadway Spectacular takes off at Elder Hall in collaboration with the Unley Concert Band, led by Dr Kevin Cameron. Orchestration and script by Bill Broughton, Musical Direction by Kevin Cameron. MC Peter Goers.

April, 2010 – Tutti sings the theme song So My Time to Shine at the DOME for the Special Olympics 2010 Opening Ceremony.

March, 2010 – Tutti performs by special invitation at the Mildura Arts Festival

March, 2010 – WOMADelaide. Tutti performs at Australia’s biggest world music festival and Jane Siberry joins Tutti on Stage 2 for the last three songs.

December 17, 2009 – The launch of Tutti’s new ‘A Very Tutti Christmas’ CD at the 2010 Annual Tutti Christmas Concert with special guests The Gathering Wave Choir from Mount Barker. Venue: Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Community Centre, Henley Beach.

November 28, 2009 – Rhythm Sticks at the Wheatsheaf Hotel. An afternoon of drumming and percussion with Tutti’s drumming students. MC Rob Eyers.

November 21, 2009 – A Day with Tutti in Rundle Mall, an extravaganza of singing, music and drama performances for National Social Inclusion Week. The day also included work display by Tutti’s Visual Artists and a percussion extravaganza from Tutti Kids.

October /November 2009 – American premiere of Tutti’s award winning music-theatre work Northern Lights, Southern Cross in collaboration with Interact Centre at the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis. Music by Pat Rix, Script by Kevin Kling, Directed by Jeanne Calvit.

August 2009 – The Tutti Choir Goes Gospel Concert, Christ Church, North Adelaide, featuring Tutti Choir and soloists with Soul Sisters, Lil Fi and Kelly Auty

May/June, 2009 – The Psychology of Loneliness, a work in progress performance by Tutti Arts at the Adelaide Convention Centre and Restless Big Space. Script by Finegan Kruckemeyer, music by Philip Griffin, director Daisy Brown.

April, 2009 – Hot Gospel Concert with legendary Melbourne Soul Sisters Lil Fi and Kelly Auty at St Peters Cathedral

March, 2009 – The acclaimed Australian Premiere of The Shouting Fence ( in collaboration with State Opera of South Australia) Written by Orlando Gough and Richard Chew. Directed by Cheryl Pickering.

December 2009 – The Annual Tutti Christmas Concert, St John’s Anglican Church, Glandore

July 2008 – the Tutti Choir and Tutti Kids open Mission Ignition, SA’s World Youth Day Concert at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre to a crowd of 5,000 plus

May, 2008 – Curfew, Tutti Choir and Tutti Arts in collaboration with Urban Myth Youth theatre for the 2008 ASSITEJ Conference. Script by Caroline Reid, music by Pete Dutton. Directed by Glenn Hayden. MD Pete Dutton. Choir master Jonathan Bligh.

March, 2008 – Blind Date for Adelaide International Fringe Festival and HighBeam. Developed by Pat Rix and Catherine Campbell with non-sighted Tutti performers in the Second Sight Collective. Directed by Catherine Campbell. MD Pat Rix

December, 2007 – Tutti Choir and soloists featured in Channel 7’s Carols by Candlelight at Elder Park

November, 2007 – remount of Between the Worlds at Mixed Blood theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota as a coproduction with Interact Center for the performing and Visual Arts. Directed by Jeanne Calvit. Composer and co-writer, Pat Rix

August, 2007 – Tutti’s 10th Anniversary Celebration Concert at the Adelaide Town Hall and broadcast live by ABC 891. Compered by Peter Goers and MD’d by Philip Griffin and Pat Rix. Performers included the Tutti Choir and soloists, Big Country Choir, Jennifer Kneale, Brian Gilbertson, Tin Can Alley, the Beggars, Heather Frahn, Chris Finnen, Catherine Campbell, Richard Chew and Cheryl Pickering.

March, 2007 – the world premiere of Northern Lights, Southern Cross for the Bundaleer Forest Weekend Music Festival and Adelaide International Fringe Festival. With script by Kevin Kling and music by Pat Rix, performers included Tutti and the Big Country Choir and guest indigenous Australian and Native American dancers. Directed by Jeanne Calvit. MD Philip Griffin.

June, 2006 – Mouth Music. Script by Jeremy Hartgen and Pat Rix. Music by Alies Sluiter with UK beat box sensation Jason Singh. Performed by the Tutti Choir and Tutti Arts at Higher Ground. Directed by Catherine Campbell

October, 2005 – The Australian premiere of Between the Worlds, a new music-theatre work by Pat Rix and Jeanne Calvit with members of Tutti Arts for the Awakenings Festival, Victoria. Directed by Jeanne Calvit. MD Zoe Barry.

March, 2005 – The Shepherd and the Green Girl Opening Ceremony for Bundaleer Forest Weekend Music Festival – developed by Pat Rix with Tutti and the Big Country Choir. MD Pat Rix

December, 2004 – Fields of Gold, a music-theatre work developed by Pat Rix and Susie Skinner with children from SA School for the Vision Impaired, Kilparrin Special Unit and Ascot Park Primary School to celebrate the amalgamation of the three schools onto one campus at Ascot Park.Performed at the State Opera Studio. Directed by Susie Skinner. MD Pat Rix

September, 2004 – Up and Away, Song cycle for KickstART 2 Festival, Vancouver, developed by Pat Rix with Tutti and the KickstARt 2 Choir.

May, 2004 – Circles, original music-theatre developed with Tutti by Pat Rix and Jeanne Calvit. Directed by Jeanne Calvit. Circles won the Advertiser Best New Music Theatre Award for 2004.

May, 2004 – Evolve Song Cycle. A new choral work developed by Pat Rix with Tutti and the Big Country Choir for the 2004 High Beam Festival. MD Pat Rix

October, 2003 – Melrose Under the Big Top, performed by members of the Melrose Community with the Tutti Choir to celebrate the 150th Birthday of the first town in the Flinders Ranges. Script developed by Pat Rix with the community, Steve Mayhew and Fergus Gool, music by Pat Rix.) Directed by Steve Mayhew. MD Pat Rix

April, 2003 – The Singing of Angels developed by Pat Rix and Brian Gilbertson for Come Out 2003 with children from Surrey Downs Primary and Modbury Special School. Text by Pat Rix with music by Zoe Barry, Heather Frahn and Alies Sluiter. Directed by Andy Packer. MD Pat Rix.

March, 2003 – Towards Unlit Skies (music by Natalie Williams, libretto by Pat Rix) performed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Yvonne Kenny and Elizabeth Campbell and David for the Bundaleer Forest Weekend Music Festival. Conducted by Nicholas Milton.

May, 2002 – Tutti and Friends Concert with David Helfgott at the Adelaide Town Hall for the 2002 High Beam Festival.

March, 2002 – My Life My Love by Pat Rix in collaboration with SA State Theatre Company for the Adelaide Festival. Directed by Rosalba Clemente. MD Ryszard Pusz. Choir Master Philip Griffin. MLML Won the Critics Light of the Festival Award and was nominated for ‘ best production’ in the national Helpmann Awards.

September, 2001 – KickstART the Dream –an original choral song-cycle for Tutti and the Swamp Angels for the inaugural KickstART festival Vancouver Canada ( music by Pat Rix) Directed by Geoff McMurchie. MD Pat Rix.

January, 2001 – Opening Chorale for Festival of the Coast, developed by Pat Rix with the Tutti Choir and community singers.