The world-famous St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir of boys and men have been singing in Sydney in Australia’s Oldest Cathedral for over 200 years.
During school terms, the choir leads the congregation on Sundays at 10:30am plus at twice weekly Evensongs: Monday (Choristers only) 5:15pm-6pm; Thursday (Boys and Men) 5:15pm-6pm.
The oldest continuous musical group in the southern hemisphere, the choir first sang at the laying of the Cathedral’s Foundation Stone in 1819.
A visit to the Cathedral for a sung Evensong is the perfect way to end a day of sightseeing, reflect on the way home from work, or start an evening out in the city. Evensong is a traditional service (1662 BCP): prayers, a psalm, collects, and a featured anthem sound glorious resonating from the sandstone walls of Australia’s oldest cathedral. Various settings of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis are performed.
The Cathedral’s Director of Music, Ross Cobb, usually offers a brief explanation of the featured anthem.
The Choir also performs regular events and concerts: Bach Cantata series, Handel’s Messiah on Good Friday, Easter services plus various Advent and Christmas celebrations including popular Carols by Candlelight services featuring lessons, readings and anthems.
St Andrew’s Cathedral School was established in 1885 to educate the Cathedral’s choristers. Australian pioneer aviator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith was a chorister.
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