A new Ladies’ Choir operated from 1949-1953. The Estonian Society of Sydney’s Ladies’ Choir “Leelo” was established on 16 April 1974. “Vanemuine” and “Leelo” no longer operate, nor does the Estonian National Male Choir (Eesti Meeskoor Austraalias, EMA), which was established on board a transport ship to Australia in 1947, and held its first rehearsal at Sydney Estonian House on 5 February 1949.
The mixed choir “Lõke” (The Flame) was established in 1997 by Erik Holm. In the year that the Estonian Society of Sydney celebrates its 90th anniversary, “Lõke” celebrates its 20th anniversary, with a concert-dinner at Sydney Estonian House. For many years, “Lõke” has represented the Estonian community at the annual commemoration of the deportation of Baltic peoples.
A particularly significant achievement has been performing as part of the project choir “Kooskõlas” (In Harmony) at the Estonian Song Festival. “Kooskõlas” is the first choir from Australia to audition successfully and be invited to perform at the Song Festival in Estonia, performing in 2014 at the festival “Touched by Time – The Time to Touch”. “Lõke” performs regularly at functions organised by the Estonian Society of Sydney at Sydney Estonian House and is working towards performing again in Tallinn, at the 150th anniversary Song Festival in 2019.
Other organisations and activities
In the decade after the end of World War II, in addition to the sub‐organisations of the Estonian Society of Sydney mentioned above, groups using Sydney Estonian House included The Estonian Society of Sydney’s Cultural Committee, Ladies’ Auxiliary and Library, billiard‐, corona‐, darts‐, Bridge‐ and chess clubs, Estonian Scholars’ Group, Technical and Engineers’ Groups, Chamber of Commerce, university students’ organisations, fraternities and sororities, literary groups, philatelists, arts and crafts enthusiasts, Estonian Scouts and Guides, sports groups, theatre groups, the Estonian Ex‐Servicemen’s Association NSW Division and the Returned Services League (RSL) Estonian Sub-Branch. There was a Club and Music Committee, orchestras entertained, dances and balls were held.