Music at Saint Mark's

The Choir of St Mark's, Good Friday 2018

The Choir of St Mark's, Good Friday 2018

The choir

There has been a choir at St Mark’s since the opening of the church in 1855, when 'singing boys habited in surplices’ were introduced for the first time in the colony.

Practices have varied over the years, changing with tastes and liturgical styles. Since 2001, the choir has comprised trained singers, supported by choral bursaries, singing a wide repertoire that ranges from chant to contemporary music.

Led by our Director of Music Dr Geoffrey Cox, the choir sings at Sunday Mass at least once a month, with members of the choir acting as cantor on other Sundays. 

Dr Geoffrey Cox, Director of Music

Dr Geoffrey Cox, Director of Music

The Lindsay O'Neill Organ Recital

Every July, an organ recital is held at St Mark's in memory of Lindsay O'Neill, the beloved organist who inspired the project to replace our original organ with our magnificent restored Harrison & Harrison organ.

The 2019 recital, featuring David Drury of Sydney, will be on Sunday 4 August at 2.30pm. Find out more.

Find out more about the organ.

Remembrance Sunday 2018

A video recording was made of the Solemn Mass for Remembrance Sunday, 11 November 2018, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The Mass featured Gabriel Fauré's Requiem (1888 version) in the context of the liturgy.

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Music list February to December 2019

Friday 1 February, 7.00pm – A Summer Mass
Gloria & Agnus Dei from Trocaire: A Setting for Eucharist - Christopher Willcock
Communion: Ubi caritas et amor – Ola Gjeilo
Organ recessional: Choral Song in C – Samuel Sebastian Wesley

Sunday 10 February, 9.30am – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mass setting: Missa brevis – Andrea Gabrieli
Communion: Ave verum corpus – Camille Saint-Saëns

Sunday 3 March, 9.30am – Transfiguration (Sunday before Lent)
Mass setting: Missa brevis – G.P. da Palestrina
Communion: Resplenduit facies ejus – T.L. de Victoria

Sunday 24 March, 9.30am - Third Sunday of Lent
Mass setting: Mass for Four Voices – William Byrd
Communion: Nolo mortem peccatoris – Thomas Morley

Sunday 14 April, 9.30am - Passion (Palm) Sunday
Introit: Hosanna filio David (Hosanna to the Son of David) – chant (mode VII)
Mass setting: Missa L’hora passa – Lodovico Viadana
Communion: Salvator mundi – Thomas Tallis
Organ recessional: Jésus accepte la souffrance – Olivier Messiaen

Thursday 18 April, 7.30pm - Maundy Thursday
Introit: Nos autem (May we never boast) – chant (mode IV)
Communion Service in D – Kenneth Leighton
Washing of Feet: Ubi caritas – Ola Gjeilo
Communion: Ave verum corpus – Camille Saint-Saëns
Procession: Hymn Of the glorious body telling & Tantum ergo – Louis Vierne

Friday 19 April, 3.00pm - Good Friday
The Passion: St John Passion – T.L. de Victoria
Veneration of the Cross: The Reproaches – T.L. de Victoria
Communion: Salvator mundi – Thomas Tallis

Saturday 20 April, 8.30pm - Easter Vigil / Holy Saturday
Mass setting: Missa brevis in C (K.259) – W.A. Mozart
Communion: Regina caeli - G.P. da Palestrina
Organ recessional: Incantation pour un jour saint – Jean Langlais

Sunday 21 April, 9.30am - Easter Sunday [Quartet]
Introit: Resurrexi (I awake, and am still with you) – chant (mode IV)
Mass setting: Communion Service in F – Herbert Sumsion
Communion: This joyful Eastertide – harm. Charles Wood
Organ recessional: Christ lag in Todesbanden (BWV 625) – J.S. Bach

Sunday 12 May, 9.30am – Fourth Sunday of Easter
Introit: Misericordia Domini (The earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord) – chant (mode IV)
Mass setting: Communion Service in F – Harold Darke
Communion: Surrexit pastor bonus – Orlando di Lasso
Organ recessional: Prelude in B Minor (BWV 544) – J.S. Bach

Sunday 2 June, 6.00pm – EASTER CAROLS: ‘To Life Reborn’ – An Evening Celebration of the Season of Easter in Readings and Music

Sunday 23 June, 9.30am – Corpus Christi (Thanksgiving for the Holy Communion)
Introit: Cibavit eos (The Lord feeds his people) – chant (mode II)
Mass setting: Communion Service in E – Harold Darke
Communion: Ave verum corpus, Op. 65, No. 1 – Gabriel Fauré (arr. B. Smedley)
Organ recessional: Psalm Prelude, Op. 32, No. 2 – Herbert Howells

Sunday 7 July, 9.30am – Dedication Festival [Quartet]
Introit:  Terribilis est locus iste (How awesome is this place!) – chant (mode II)
Mass setting: Missa brevis – Andrea Gabrieli
Communion: Locus iste – Anton Bruckner
Organ recessional: Festival Toccata – Percy Fletcher

Sunday 28 July, 9.30am – 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Proper 12)
Introit: Deus in loco sancto suo (God is in his holy habitation) – chant (mode V)
Mass setting: Mass for Four Voices – William Byrd
Communion: Ave verum corpus – William Byrd
Organ recessional: Toccata (Suite Gothique) – Leon Boellmann

Sunday 4 August, 2.30pm – The Lindsay O’Neill Memorial Organ Recital – David Drury (Sydney)

Sunday 18 August, 9.30am – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Introit: Gaudeamus omnes (Let us all rejoice) – chant (mode I)
Mass setting: Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo – Joseph Haydn
Communion: Ave Maria – Jacob Handl
Organ recessional: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (BWV 565) – J.S. Bach

Sunday 8 September, 9.30am – 23th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Proper 18)
Introit: Justus es Domine (You are righteous, O Lord) – chant (mode I)
Mass setting: Missa brevis – G.P. da Palestrina
Communion: Sicut cervus – G.P. da Palestrina
Organ recessional: Fugue in C Minor (BWV 546) – J.S. Bach

Sunday 6 October, 9.30am – St Francis of Assisi [Quartet]
Introit: Justus ut palma (The righteous flourish) – chant (mode I)
Mass setting: Communion Service in F – Herbert Sumsion
Communion: The Prayer of St Francis – John Sanders
Organ recessional: A Voluntary for ye Duble Organ – Henry Purcell

Sunday 13 October, 9.30am – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Proper 23)
Introit: Si iniquitates (If you, O Lord, should mark iniquitities) – chant (mode III)
Mass setting: Communion Service in E – Harold Darke
Communion: Ubi caritas – Maurice Duruflé
Organ recessional: Prelude in F Minor (BWV 534) – J.S. Bach 

Sunday 3 November, 9.30am – All Saints
Introit: Gaudeamus omnes (Let us all rejoice) – chant (mode I)
Mass setting: Communion Service in D – Kenneth Leighton
Communion: Give me the wings of faith – Kenneth Leighton
Organ recessional: Litanies – Jehan Alain 

Sunday 1 December, 9.30am – The First Sunday of Advent
Introit: Ad te levavi (To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul) – chant (mode VIII)
Mass setting: Communion Service in the Phrygian Mode – Charles Wood
Communion:  A spotless rose – Paul Mealor
Organ recessional: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (BWV 645) – J.S. Bach 

Sunday 15 December, 8.00pm – Advent Carol Service, ‘The Promised Peace’ -
Extended Evening Prayer celebrating the Season of Advent in Readings and Music

Tuesday 24 December, 11.00pm – Carols and Midnight Mass of Christmas
Introit: Dominus dixit ad me (The Lord said to me) – chant (mode II)
Mass setting: Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo – Joseph Haydn
Communion: O magnum mysterium – T.L. de Victoria
Organ recessional: Noel Suisse – Louis-Claude d’Aquin

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